Monday, November 2, 2009


We're still on an A&C kick. This Halloween weekend it was Best of Abbott & Costello: Vol. 3: Disc 2 specifically, Abbott and Costello Meet the Killer Boris Karloff. In this episode, Abbott is the house dick at the Lost Caverns Resort and Costello is a bellhop. Costello tangles with a visiting lawyer, who ends up dead, in circumstances that look bad for our Lou.

The other guests are mostly creeps who wanted to get the lawyer out of the way for one reason or another. One is Boris Karloff, in mystical Swami drag, with a turban and all. He makes mystical gestures and attempt to control Costello's mind, but - he doesn't have one! Bwah-ha-ha!

Seriously, Karloff looks like he's having a fine time here, almost smiling at times. And -SPOILER- he isn't the killer, although he may be a killer.

There aren't a lot of standouts in this installment - Roland Winters is present, there are no musical numbers and that's about it. There aren't any famous routines, but some good physical comedy and the usual badinage and wordplay. Like our friend Mr. Schprock says, "Yep, still fresh."

Or was he being sarcastic?

1 comment:

mr. schprock said...

Oh no. I wasn't being sarcastic. Uh uh. Not me. It's still fresh. Oh yeah.

The big question is, if Abbott and Costello were alive today, what would they riff about? And their movies? Buck Privates in Afghanistan? Abbott and Costello Meet Alien and Predator? I think there's a market for it.