Lou Costello paired up with comedian Bud Abbott to become one of the most popular and highly paid entertainers during the World War II. The duo is best known for their radio comedy routine ‘Who’s on First,’ first aired in 1938.
He started his career as an extra and appeared as a stunt man in ‘The Trail of ‘98’ (1928). He made his Broadway debut with Abbott in the musical ‘The Streets of Paris’ in 1939. They were signed with Universal Pictures and appeared in the movies ‘One Night in the Tropics’ (1940) and ‘The Naughty Nineties’ (1945).
The military musical comedy ‘Buck Privates’ (1941) was their highest grossing film at the box office. In 1942, they launched their own show called ‘The Abbott and Costello Show.’
He made 36 films between 1940 and 1956 that were popular to begin with. However, ill health and differences with Bud Abbott resulted in overexposure of the pair that ended their careers on a sour note.
This romantic silent movie based on Rafael Sabatini’s 1906 novel of the same name follows an affluent courtier Bardelys in the court of France's King Louis XIII. Known for being a casual womanizer, he is challenged by another courtier to woo the beautiful Roxalanne. He accepts it and sets out to charm the lady, but instead finds himself in love with her.
Bumbling fool, Wilbur Hoolihan ,kills a horse owned by King O'Hara. In order to replace the horse, he and his friend, Grover Mockridge, unwittingly take a champion thoroughbred named Tea Biscuit, thinking it to be just some old horse. Misadventures and chaos begin, as the horse’s real owner realizes the theft.
Talbot makes an urgent call to baggage clerks Wilbur and Chick, hoping to warn them about a parcel that is going to arrive at the local wax museum. However, before he is able to finish, they are interrupted and they soon find themselves fighting against Dracula, Frankenstein and the Wolf Man.
This Western film tells the story of two travelling salesmen who stop in a town during their journey. However, they are charged with the murder of a notorious criminal, and within a short time, they are convicted and sentenced to death.
In this remake of 1939 movie For Love or Money, two inept window washer – Ted and Tommy - are wrongly taken to be messengers by a gangster Craig and tasked to collect $50,000. In a turn of events, the money lands up with a woman Carol who spends a lot of it. With limited time in hand, the trio struggle to save themselves from the gangster’s ire. Meanwhile a rich gambler makes an entry.
This comedy film is about two magicians on tour of the Middle East, who decide to help a young prince in regaining his throne from his devious uncle, who maintains his power, using magical hypnotic rings, and ruthless methods.
Mexican Hayride is a 1948 comedy film, which is based on the Broadway musical of the same name. This film revolves around a con man who finds a tall guy for a stock swindle and a mine scam.
Based on a Nazi musical of the same name, this film revolves around two friends, Abott and Costello, in their attempt to foil the sinister intentions of a Nazi spy.
Dance with me, Henry tells the story of two owners of an amusement park, who get in trouble with gangsters. However, the children who visit the amusement park decide to help them out.
This silent drama film tells the story of a woman who finds herself in a complicated situation after the man she really loves is accused of murder. Eventually, she agrees to marry another influential suitor.
A silent film about a girl from the Southern United States who struggles to be a dancer in New York city. She becomes a taxi dancer and attracts many admirers in the process.