The Colgate Comedy Hour with Abbott & Costello-November 18,1951

A chance to watch real pros at work. This episode opened with Bud and Lou walking through the audience. Lou throws popcorn at everybody.On stage they trade barbs with a “camera man.”

Now it’s time for the show. Bud says every show needs a plot so this one is about the two of them looking for a job. They don’t know it but they walked into an Army recruiting office. They sign up for four years. In walks the Sarge. It’s George Raft.

Later in the sketch Louis Armstrong does “Basin Street Blues.”

Now the sketch stops for a bit for a segment in the USO Canteen. Rosette Shaw sings “Skyscraper Blues.” Terrible song that she has a tough time with. Then the Al Goodman Orchestra plays “Hernando’s Hideaway” and George Raft finds a dance partner. After that Lou gives it a try.

Now it’s a trio of dancers dressed as Civil War vets in the Old Soldiers Home. They do a routine to “Dixie” and “My Old Kentucky Home.”

Back to the sketch. Bud tries to teach Lou how to shoot craps……..Then Louis comes back and plays a Jazz version of “Reveille”….Time now for some close order drill with Cpl.Abbott. George Raft comes back out. At one point he can’t help himself and starts laughing…..A quick show closing from Bud and Lou.

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I'm a big fan of vintage books,movies,TV shows and music. I encourage everyone to patronize your local used book/record store and pick up some of the good stuff. My posts are capsule reviews of some favorites that you may want to investigate. The albums posted aren't really reviews but items from my collection that are still available. I try and point out highlights of each one and let the music speak for itself. Thanks to all for checking out the blog.
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