Movie Review: Bud Abbott and Lou Costello in Hollywood (1945)

Synopsis: Two barbers decide to become Hollywood agents for a talented but unknown actor. They hope to land him a part in an upcoming movie but must convince the studio chief to choose their client over a fading but well-known star.

Who's in it? The movie stars Bud Abbott, Lou Costello, Bob Haymes, Frances Rafferty and Carleton G. Young.

Review: I recorded this film off of one of my movie channels a few weeks ago and, after several attempts at watching it, was finally able to finish it early this morning. Even though I am a big Abbott and Costello fan, this was my first time watching this particular movie and I wasn't really sure what to expect from it.

One of my biggest concerns about this film is it would be similar to some of their later movies that just simply failed to live up to my expectations. That, however, was not the case with this movie and I found I did enjoy it.

When I first started watching this film, I was half expecting to see many of the same jokes/routines I've seen a half dozen times in their other films. As it turns out, that didn't happen. Some of the jokes were a little weak and drawn out (including one involving a telephone) but there were others that were both unexpected and a little funny. I think my favorite had to be the scene where Ambercrombie (Costello) was pretending to be a movie dummy and went through quite a bit of abuse as a result.

The movie also proved to be less predictable than I was expecting it to be, with a couple twists and turns that kept me guessing a bit. Again, this isn't always the case with their movies and it was something that kept me interested.

My only real complaint about this film is the same one I have about many Abbott and Costello films, there were too many musical numbers. It's not that the music was particularly irritating. But, the inclusion did slow down the overall timing of the film a bit too much.

Final Opinion: I don't think I liked it quite as much as some of their other films. But, it ended up being a fun movie that I did enjoy watching. I would recommend it as a result of that.

My Grade: B


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