By Scott Allen Nollen
As of the preferred entertainers of the mid-century movie undefined, comedian greats Bud Abbott and Lou Costello provided a vital balm to the yankee public following the sorrows of the good melancholy and through the trauma of worldwide warfare II. this is often the 1st publication to concentration intimately at the immensely renowned wartime motion pictures of Abbott and Costello, discussing the creation, content material, and reception of 18 movies in the context of wartime occasions at the domestic entrance and in another country. the flicks coated comprise the carrier comedies dollar Privates, within the army, and continue 'Em Flying; extra mainstream comedian aid movies equivalent to Pardon My Sarong and Who performed It?; and post-war experiments reminiscent of Little huge and The Time in their Lives. greater than a hundred and twenty stills and foyer playing cards from the author's own assortment illustrate the textual content, together with many exhibiting outtakes or deleted scenes.
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Military personnel. Six civilian agencies—the Salvation Army, YMCA, YWCA, National Catholic Community Service (NCCS), National Travelers Aid Association (NTTA) and the National Jewish Welfare Board (NJWB)—responded, and the USO was formed in New York on February 4, 1941. Delegates decided that the USO would be funded, not by the federal government, but with contributions from the American people. ’” Itself a recruiting ﬁlm combining footage shot at Cal-Aero with some of Bud and Lou’s funniest scenes, the trailer trumpeted “the world’s ﬁnest air ﬂeet” as providing “a promising career” for recruits—not only those who made it into the blue, but also non-ﬂy boys who became members of the essential ground crews.
His ofﬁcial policy was now “all aid short of war,” which included providing Naval escorts (and ﬁrepower, if necessary) to Allied convoys across the Atlantic. S. Navy aircraft carriers had also begun transporting British ﬁghter planes to the Mediterranean. Meanwhile, Universal’s cinematic Navy continued to attract attention at home. the ﬁlm is not one of the best and the boys are not at their best in it. After all, what could they do except be 26 ABBOTT AND COSTELLO ON THE HOME FRONT themselves and salvage what they can in a picture which gives the Andrews Sisters and Dick Powell too much prominence?
Universal’s tendency to dub-in Costello’s laughs and yells is apparent in a scene pitting Willoughby against a horse in the corral. ” An elaborate musical sequence includes the ﬁrst appearance of tap-dancing African Americans in the Abbott and Costello ﬁlms. A later number, “Rockin’ and Reelin’,” also features the terpsichorean trio, who leave the scene before the Caucasian dancers take over. This cinematic segregation is brieﬂy interrupted by a shot including Ella in the background as the Merry Macs harmonize to the fore.
Abbott and Costello on the Home Front: A Critical Study of the Wartime Films by Scott Allen Nollen