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  • 3/13/1955

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    S 5 : Ep 20 - 3/13/55

    Gordon MacRae hosts this episode. His guests include; Bud Abbott and Lou Costello; actress Debra Paget; acrobats The Dassies; and middleweight champion Carl "Bobo" Olson.
    MacRae sings "You Go to My Head" and "It's Almost Like Being in Love." Olson challenges "Crusher Costello" to a match in the ring. Paget performs a dance from her nightclub act.moreless
  • Flirting With a Girl

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    3/13/55

    A young French woman accuses Costello of flirting with her.
  • Singing Lessons

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    3/13/55

    Lou gets singing lessons.
  • Hammock

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    3/13/55

    Lou has a difficult time getting into his hammock.
  • Acrobatic Family from Australia

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    3/13/55

    A young acrobatic family from Australia performs.
  • New Appliances

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    3/13/55

    Costello gets new coin operated appliances.
  • Book Store

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    3/13/55

    Abbott and Costello work at a book store.
  • Hoagy Carmichael

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    3/13/55

    Hoagy Carmichael performs.
  • Department Store Dance

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    3/13/55

    Costello goes to the company dance.
  • Working at the Department Store

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    3/13/55

    Abbott and Costello work at a department store during the dollar sale.
  • 5/23/1954

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    S 4 : Ep 33 - 5/23/54

    Bud Abbott and Lou Costello host this week. Their guests include: Peggy Lee; songwriter Hoagy Carmichael; actor Ricky Vera; Eddie Sauter & Bill Finegan with the Sauter-Finegan Orchestra; The Pied Pipers; and Peter Leeds. Sauter-Finegan perform "Holiday" and "Midnight Sleigh Ride". Miss Lee does "Johnny Guitar" and "Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered".moreless
  • 4/18/1954

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    S 4 : Ep 28 - 4/18/54

    Bud Abbott and Lou Costello welcome guests including: Jane Russell; Rhonda Fleming; A&C stalwarts Connie Haines, actress Beryl Davis; singer Tony Martinez; Nestor Paiva; Benny Rubin, Jim Hayward; Baby Mistin; and Al Goodman and his Orchestra.
    The show is set in the fictional Latin American country of Bolamania. Lou is a dead ringer for their El Presidente and enjoys being mistaken for the leader, until he encounters the real one. He's drafted to double for El Presidente's because an assassins on the loose. Lou does battle with a mysterious hand that tries to poison all his food and an exploding cake.moreless
  • 3/21/1954

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    S 4 : Ep 25 - 3/21/54

    Bud Abbott and Lou Costello welcome guests including: Les Paul and Mary Ford; actress Veola Vonn; exotic dancers Janik and Arnaut; singer/songwriter Fred Darian; actors Harry Mendoza and Danny Richards, Jr.; Norman Abbott; and Al Goodman and his Orchestra. In one sketch, there's confusion at the maternity ward when Lou thinks his wife is giving birth. As usual with Bud and Lou, there's trouble when a prop vase breaks too early in the sketch. In songs, Paul and Ford perform "No Place Like Home", "I Really Don't Want to Know" and "Tiger Rag".moreless
  • Having Twins

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    4/6/52

    Costello thinks his wife is having twins.
  • Making Biscuits

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    4/6/52

    Costello accidentally uses the biscuit mix on Abbott.
  • Hole in the Wall

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    5/4/53

    Abbott and Costello argue about putting a hole in the wall.
  • Introduction

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    5/4/53

    Costello fails at introducing the next act.
  • Find the Lemon

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    5/4/53

    Abbott swindles people out of their money.
  • Paul Remis and His Toy Boys

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    5/4/53

    Two little boys perform.
  • Peace and Quiet

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    5/4/53

    Costello tries to get some rest.
  • May 5, 1953

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    S 3 : Ep 33 - 5/4/53

    Bud Abbot and Lou Costello perform sketch comedy acts in front of a live studio audience May 5, 1953
  • Going to the Premier

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    4/26/53

    Costello puts on his tux to go to his movie premier.
  • Witness

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    4/26/53

    Abbott & Costello get pushed around by a doorman.
  • 4/26/1953

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    S 3 : Ep 31 - 4/26/53

    Bud Abbott and Lou Costello host this episode. Their guests include: singer Teresa Brewer; songwriter Hoagy Carmichael; The Four Pipers; acrobats The Amin Brothers; actors Jack Lomas and Sid Marion; Sherry Morland; Evelynne D'Smith; A&C stalwarts Sid Fields, Michael Ross and Bobby Barber; and Al Goodman and his Orchestra. A&C promote their new movie Abbott and Costello Go To Mars. Brewer performs "Dancing With Someone" and "Til I Waltz Again with You". Carmichael sings a medley of his classic tunes.moreless
  • Dance Lessons

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    1/11/53

    Abbot and Costello go to France to get Costello dance lessons.
  • Visiting Washington D.C.

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    1/11/53

    Abbot and Costello visit Washington D.C.
  • Hotel Reservation

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    1/11/53

    Abbot and Costello try to check into their hotel room.
  • 1/11/1953

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    S 3 : Ep 16 - 1/11/53

    Bud Abbott and Lou Costello host this episode telecast from Washington, D.C. for Eisenhower's inauguration . Their guests include: Victor Borge; singers Gisele MacKenzie and Allan Jones; dancer Grace Hartman; A&C stalwarts Sid Fields, Bobby Barber and Harry Lang; The Four Pipers; R. J. Otis and Abner; and the Hollywood Stunt Group. Miss MacKenzie sings "Don't Let the Stars Get In Your Eyes"; Allan Jones performs "So In Love" and a medley of "Make Believe", "Falling In Love With Love" and "Donkey Serenade". Speaking of donkeys: In one comedy sketch, Lou works with one that's not interested in hitting his cues, leading to lots of ad-libbing.moreless
  • 12/14/1952

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    S 3 : Ep 12 - 12/14/52

    Bud Abbott and Lou Costello host this holiday-themed episode. Their guests include: singer Margaret Whiting; The Nicholas Brothers; dancers Buster Shaver and Olive; comic actors Sid Fields and Bobby Barber; acrobats Tom and Jerry; The Hollywood Stunt Group; The Four Pipers; Sid Fields; actors Jack Lomas, Dorothy Granger and Gordon Jones; announcer Hal Sawyer; and Al Goodman and his Orchestra.moreless
  • Sending a Wire

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    10/19/52

    Costello tries to send a wire to his wife after arriving in France.
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