Sunday, December 28, 2014

Abbott and Costello Top Ten

My favourite Abbott and Costello, in no particular order:
1) Abbot and Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948) - may as well get this over and done with, for all the praise it remains a marvellous combination of horror and humour
2) Buck Privates (1941) - generally not regarded as one of their best despite its massive box office success, I have a lot of time for this movie - I enjoy the Andrews sisters and the love triangle too
3) Abbott and Costello Meet the Invisible Man (1951) - first rate horror comedy with some very funny sequences
4) Abbott and Costello Meet the Killer Boris Karloff (1948) - a murder mystery with Karloff only in a small role - not super highly regarded but I really like this
5) The Wistful Widow of Wagon Gap (1948) - enormously fun comedy with perhaps the best ever story they had
6) Buck Privates Come Home (1947) - a very good sequel which is their version of The Best Years of Their Lives and has too many flashbacks but still remains funny
7) The Time of their Lives (1947) - from that period when Abbott and Costello didn't actually act as a duo despite being in the same movie, but strong material nonetheless
8) Who Done It? (1942) - murder mystery at a radio station very well done
9) Pardon My Sarong (1942) - Abbott and Costello take on South Sea Island films with a highly entertaining entry
10) Hold That Ghost (1941) - old haunted house comedy which I felt was over-rated but that doesn't mean it doesn't have some strong things about it

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