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Abbott and Costello: The Christmas Show
Abbott and Costello The Christmas Show
Actors: Bud Abbott, Lou Costello, Gary Cooper, Ingrid Bergman, Margaret Whiting
Director: Various
Genres: Comedy, Kids & Family, Television
NR     2007     1hr 0min

This delightful Christmas special stars the brilliant comedy team of Abbott and Costello as they perform on The Colgate Comedy Hour. The show also features Margaret Whiting, The Nicholas Brothers, Buster Shaver and Olive a...  more »

     
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Actors: Bud Abbott, Lou Costello, Gary Cooper, Ingrid Bergman, Margaret Whiting
Director: Various
Genres: Comedy, Kids & Family, Television
Sub-Genres: Comedy, Family Films, Christmas, Television
Studio: Legend Films
Format: DVD - Black and White,Color,Full Screen
DVD Release Date: 11/06/2007
Original Release Date: 01/01/2008
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/2008
Release Year: 2007
Run Time: 1hr 0min
Screens: Black and White,Color,Full Screen
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 3
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English
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Movie Reviews

What a Fabulous Vintage Christmas Treasure!
Sallie A. Martin | OK | 11/14/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Every year, I look forward to new Christmas releases of shows and specials from long ago. This year, I was thrilled to find out that the original Christmas special from Abbott & Costello's Colgate Comedy Hour would be released.

This was long overdue, but worth the wait- it's wonderful. It features a restored, colorized version of the hour long special, as well as the original black and white version, for those who want it just as it was shown. Abbott & Costello's routines are very well timed, as usual. It's fun to see them in a different light, compared to the many Universal monster spin-offs that we all love. Sprinkled in between the acts are original commercials for household items like Palmolive soap, and Colgate toothpaste, and last but not least there are special guest appearances from musical talents such as Margaret Whiting, the Four Pipers, Al Goodman and his orchestra, and other great guests such as Tom and Jerry the acrobats.

The bonus features add a nice touch to this nostalgic release. There are individual Christmas messages promoting the Christmas Seals program from stars like Virginia Mayo, Rosemary Clooney, Ingrid Bergman, Gary Cooper, Ray Milland and many more (8 different messages to be exact). These add even more holiday enjoyment, reminding us of those times when issues like tuberculosis were at the forefront of our every day living.

So, when you choose this great vintage treat, sit back, relax and enjoy your Christmas season with two of the funniest men of all time, and Christmas wishes from our very best stars. This is not only a piece of our holiday history, but it's something any family will enjoy, young or old."
Very funny, and very pretty in color! Perfect for holiday vi
Scott MacGillivray | Massachusetts, USA | 11/28/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This 1952 episode of "The Colgate Comedy Hour" has made the rounds before, but Legend Films now offers a new colorized version. This writer wondered whether a kinescope (a black-and-white reference copy filmed off a TV monitor) could be effectively colorized, and the answer is a definite yes.

Bud Abbott and Lou Costello are at their very best in these Colgates, performing their familiar routines in front of a studio audience. The shows were broadcast live, so the anything-can-happen atmosphere is electric, giving Bud and Lou new spark. This one is notable for three routines: Bud trying to get Lou assaulted so they can collect damages; Lou singing "White Christmas" with Al Goodman's orchestra, leading into the old Milt Britton arrangement of "Poet and Peasant" where the musicians make a shambles of the stage. By far the funniest bit is the "recipe" routine, in which Lou stuffs a Christmas turkey... with Bud! Lou can't stop breaking up when he prepares Bud's "noodle" for the turkey, and this delightfully low comedy routine is worth the price of the DVD. There is also a lengthy variation of the team's "Pack, Unpack" routine involving Christmas presents, which looks under-rehearsed: the cast members casually improvise most of their dialogue on stage.

Veteran comedy foils Sid Fields and Dorothy Granger are on hand, with musical specialties by The Nicholas Brothers, Margaret Whiting, The Four Pipers, and dance team Buster Shaver and Olive Brasno, plus Tom & Jerry, a good acrobatic act. The vintage-1952 commercials are also included.

Great print quality (especially for a kinescope) and great entertainment for the whole family. This new color version is highly recommended."
A must-have for A&C Fans
Michael E. Wallster | 12/19/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)

"The very positive reviews for this disc persuaded me to purchase it, and I was not disappointed. There is a spontaneous, under-rehearsed quality to the sketches and it makes for some hilarious moments. Lou's frequent ad-libs add to the fun, something you don't get to see in their films. The makers of this disc are to be commended for providing great sound and video, and for the inclusion of the original television commercials."
"Abbott & Costello Series ... Christmas 1952 ... Legend Film
J. Lovins | Missouri-USA | 12/27/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Legend Films presents "ABBOTT & COSTELLO: CHRISTMAS SHOW" (December 1952) (60 mins) (Fully Restored/Dolby Digitally Remastered) --- now in COLOR and Glorious Black and White --- Legendary comedy duo Abbott and Costello give the gift of laughs in this 1952 Christmas special originally aired on TV's "Colgate Comedy Hour." --- Bud and Lou sing, dance and perform in hilarious routines, including the memorable "Scalp Treatment." Guests on the show include acrobats Tom and Jerry, the Nicholas Brothers, dancers Buster Shaver and Olive, Margaret Whiting, the Four Pipers and Al Goodman and his Orchestra.

Colorized classic television stars Abott and Costello celebrate Christmas in this special holiday episode. Originally airing as part of the Colgate Comedy Hour, the program features singing and dancing by Abbott and Costello, as well as special guest stars Margaret Whiting, Ingrid Bergman, Gary Cooper, and many more. This release also includes a fully restored version in black and white.

BIOS:
1. Bud Abbott
Date of Birth: 2 October 1895 - Asbury Park, New Jersey
Date of Death: 24 April 1974 - Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, California

2. Lou Costello
Date of Birth: 6 March 1906 - Paterson, New Jersey
Date of Death: 3 March 1959 - East Los Angeles, California

SPECIAL FEATURES:
1. Legend Films Trailers
2. Original Black-and-White Version
3. Christmas Seal Messages from Virginia Mayo,
Rosemary Clooney, Ingrid Bergman, Robert
Young, Douglas Fairbanks, Jr., Gary Cooper, Ray
Milland and Charles Laughton

The complete print was restored and colorized by Legend Films, using the latest technology --- Although the Legend Films release was advertised under its reissue title, both the color and black and white prints featured the original title and opening credits --- Legend Films can restore, colorize and release many of the classic earliest black and white films --- a patented coloring and remastering process makes each film picture perfect plus more vivd than ever --- no one can resist collecting every title that Legend Films releases.

Hats off and thanks to Barry B. Sandrew Ph.D. (Founder, COO & CTO) and his Legend Films Staff --- looking forward to more high quality releases from the vintage era of the '20s, '30s & '40s --- order your copy now from Amazon where there are plenty of copies available on DVD --- if you enjoyed this title, why not check out Legend Films where they are experts in releasing long forgotten films and treasures to the collector.

Total Time: 60 mins on DVD ~ Legend Films. ~ (11/06/2007)"