What’s on first? – DC Shorts Jan 5

What’s on first? – DC Shorts Jan 5
Russ Imrie

In 1941 and 1942, comedic duo Bud Abbott and Lou Costello output an incredible 8 films. That’s about 1 every 90 days, on average, on film, for two years straight–and this as world war launched. I Don’t Know the Who or the What of how they did it. They probably were not the First. A powerful studio system, like other systems (government, social, and industry) of regulation and control, probably helped. Our world is vastly different. But great films are yet to be made and great lines to be uttered, for better or for first.

1941 Buck Privates Herbie Brown Slicker Smith Universal
1941 In the Navy Pomeroy Watson Smokey Adams Universal
1941 Hold That Ghost Ferdinand Jones Chuck Murray Universal
1941 Keep ‘Em Flying Heathcliffe Blackie Benson Universal
1942 Ride ‘Em Cowboy Willoughby Duke Universal
1942 Rio Rita Wishy Dunn Doc First of three films for Metro Goldwyn Mayer Studios
1942 Pardon My Sarong Wellington Phlug Algy Shaw Universal
1942 Who Done It? Mervyn Milgrim Chick Larkin Universal

Abbott and Costello on Wikipedia

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