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Lou's on First (English Edition) di [Costello, Chris, Strait, Raymond]
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This intimate portrait of Lou Costello (1906-1959) offers a rare look at one of the most talented comedians of all time. Starting in the 1930s, Costello attained enormous fame touring the burlesque circuits with straight man Bud Abbott (1895-1974). Their live skits (including "Who's on First?"), radio programs, and films such as One Night in the Tropics, Buck Privates, Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein, and In the Navy made comic history.

Behind the scenes, however, Costello faced numerous crises: a bout with rheumatic fever that left him bedridden for months, the drowning death of his young son, and constant haggles with Universal Studios over its reluctance to adequately finance productions of Abbott and Costello films. Lou's on First goes beyond Costello's clownish persona to explore his Pagliacci nature: the private demons behind the happy public face, the heartbreaking moments in an otherwise storybook marriage, the business ventures soured by unscrupulous managers, and the true nature of the breakup of his twenty-one-year partnership with Bud Abbott.

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  • Editore: Crossroad Pres; Crossroad Press First Digital edizione (15 maggio 2016)
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4 di 4 persone hanno trovato utile la seguente recensione
4.0 su 5 stelle What's on Second ? 17 luglio 2016
Di R. J. Bennett - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
Formato: Formato Kindle Acquisto verificato
Every kid who watched television in the 60's loved Abbott and Costello. Those were the days when old movies were shown, before 'infomercials' took over the airways. All the young boys I knew who watched he comedy team of Abbott & Costello loved the 'Who's on First' skit. This book, Lou's on First, was written by his youngest daughter, Chris Costello, who had the inside track on home life with Lou, but who also had much knowledge concerning his career, and also knew much about the life of Bud Abbott (an included bonus, since I haven't seen much concerning the straight man).
Lou Costello lived a fast life, worked hard, loved his family, gambled, bet on horses, and spent money like there was no tomorrow. He and Bud Abbott almost single-handedly saved Universal Pictures from bankruptcy, and were well paid as a result. He spent years honing his comedy craft in burlesque, which led to radio, which led to movies, which led to television. He worked hard, maybe too hard; during WWII his popularity soared, and he traveled the country promoting war bonds, coming down with a serious case of rheumatic fever, keeping him bedridden for almost a year. After recovering, he spent a few years building his career, but tragedy set in with the backyard drowning death of his only son, Lou Costello Jr. This was hard on Lou, who kept busy working to deal with his sorrow, but Mrs. Costello (Anne) dealt with it by turning to drink.
Because of Lou's fast-paced living and poor handling of finances (he would sign where his handlers pointed), his gambling attracted the attention of the IRS, who came down hard on both him and Bud Abbott. Lou kept no records of his business expenses, and the IRS thought he made lots of money from gambling (when the opposite was true), so he had no hard evidence with which to defend himself; the IRS was out for blood and took him to the cleaners. He had to sell his home, his ranch, his properties, lay off employees, and move into a small apartment.
The act with Bud Abbott had run its course; it had been a successful 20-year partnership, and Bud was drinking, which tended to spoil live shows in Las Vegas. Lou was ready for a change, and was starred as a single on television in various shows, gaining traction as a television actor. He was focusing on his career, building a new home, but then his heart gave out, probably from his years of rheumatic fever, and maybe smoking cigars.
He died in the hospital at age 53. A year later, Mrs. Costello also passed away, leaving the three Costello sisters to look after each other.
What a generous man ! As a result of his riches, he was an easy mark for more experienced gamblers, and a target for acquaintances and strangers, who would show up at his HOME for drinks and gifts, yes, gifts, from Lou Costello, who loved making other people happy. How he put up with people taking advantage of his generosity I don't think I'll ever figure out. Immediately after his death, one of the Costello sisters chased people out of her parent's home, the folks who were so used to taking hand-outs from Lou, informing them that the party was over and that they should start taking care of themselves. Oh yes ... Lou Costello also built and paid for a recreational youth center in East L.A., the Lou Costello Jr. Youth Center ... and spent years maintaining it before the city of Los Angeles finally took control. For more info, see the YouTube 'This is Your Life' television show, where they featured much of Mr. Costello's life, friends, family, career, filmed shortly before his sudden passing.
5 di 5 persone hanno trovato utile la seguente recensione
5.0 su 5 stelle I remember Lou 9 giugno 2016
Di margiewm - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
Formato: Formato Kindle Acquisto verificato
Lou was one of my favorite babysitters while growing up. .My mother died when I was nine and my father sent us to the movies a lot so he would k ow we were at all times. I learned to laugh again while watching Abbot and Costello. When Lou and his lost their son I sympathized with them. As as a young girl I remember praying that they had someone to help them laugh again. I understand the anger their daughters felt. Lou,s brother let him down by not being there for their dAughters. I have also dealt with selfish mother=in=law. God will reward their mother in Heaven.
2 di 2 persone hanno trovato utile la seguente recensione
4.0 su 5 stelle Two books in one 28 aprile 2017
Di Bruce D. - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
Formato: Formato Kindle Acquisto verificato
Good read at first thought it was going to be a snow job with the way Lou did everything right and Abbott was draging him down in early days. I think it was due to the sources she had to go by which was his family. They are not going to bad mouth him to the author. Then the book takes a much more analytical look at the man once they reached LA. I think again this is due to more sources to use. That part on to end I enjoyed. Wish they would have gone into the tax issues a little more. Also wish at end they mentioned if Abbott and his family stayed in contact with Lou's family after his death as well as what became of Lou's brother who was executor of will. Little disappointed with those things.
13 di 13 persone hanno trovato utile la seguente recensione
4.0 su 5 stelle Show Biz daughter reveals some 28 ottobre 2011
Di Annie Van Auken - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
Formato: Copertina flessibile Acquisto verificato
In LOU'S ON FIRST, youngest daughter Chris bravely confronts the less-flattering aspects of her dad's personality with attempts at justification that to this reader's mind fail.

Lou's thievery of untold thousands in studio property and clothing she dismisses as a little boy wanting his way. His gambling losses of more money in an afternoon than most folks could earn in a year is never condemned. This and Lou's coldness toward wife Anne (Hannah), especially after baby 'Butch' drowned while she was out on an errand, are presented as simple facts of his life. Lou's family also shunned Anne after this tragedy and Chris perhaps correctly concludes their neglect was partly to blame for her mom's alcoholism, that and guilt over the lost child.

In a penultimate chapter on the dissolution of Abbott & Costello, Christy maintains both men wanted to end their association. Lou definitely did, as he was interested in moving on to dramatic roles after two decades of pratfalls and face slaps. Bud surely preferred the team should continue, yet his drinking was out of control in those years following a costly IRS audit. In 1957, Bud appeared in a Vegas show with Lou but was so drunk he was an embarrassment on stage. This was the final straw for Costello, after many years of in-fighting.

Their problems dated back to the early 1940s, when fame in BUCK PRIVATES (1941) prompted Lou to demand (and get) a 60-40 split from UNIVERSAL. Bud resented him from that day on and they were never really friends afterward. A trial separation a few years later was also instigated by Costello. That he should drop the final axe which severed their ties for good is only natural.

Chris recounts family life quite well. Recollection of the many hangers-on and leeches also ring true. She spends little time on individual movies and more on the people who touched the lives of the Costello family. Bud Abbott is a minor player in her story, except when there were problems between Lou and him.

Unless you're already an A&C scholar, you'll come from this book with new insights on one of them. For those who know their general history, this is an offering from an insider, one adored by her subject (dad) and loving of his memory.

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I've never been one to read acknowledgment pages, as most of these names are known only to the author. But in the case of LOU'S ON FIRST, paticipants who helped assure the book was "as accurate as humanly possible" is a Who's Who of mid-20th Century Show Biz. Here's a partial list (alphabetized) of contributors, many of whose words appear within its pages:

Steve Allen; Maxine Andrews; Michael Ansara; Dorothy (DiMaggio) Arnold; James Bacon; Lucille Ball; director Charles Barton; Ken Berry; Joe Besser; Hillary Brooke; Carol Bruce; Pat Costello (Lou's brother); Richard Deacon; Ralph Edwards; Tom Ewell; Cary Grant; Kathryn Grayson; Connie Haines; Margaret Hamilton; Jonathan Harris; Bob Hope; Betty Hutton; Allan Jones; Howard Koch; directors Charles Lamont and Arthur Lubin; Mike Mazurki; Irving Mills; Louis Nye; Virginia O'Brien; Nat Perrin; Tom Poston; George Raft; Martha Raye; David Rose; Walter Slezak; Kate Smith; producer Leonard Stern; Liz Taylor; Danny Thomas; Elena Verdugo, Harry Von Zell; Henny Youngman
3 di 3 persone hanno trovato utile la seguente recensione
5.0 su 5 stelle I love this book 30 novembre 2014
Di Anthony J. Piazza - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
Formato: Copertina flessibile Acquisto verificato
I love this book! An exceptionally well-written biography on the life of Lou Costello. I grew up watching the comedy antics of Bud Abbott & Lou Costello- both in feature films and on their television series. It was sheer magic. However, aside from a few halfway decent biographies, a glimpse from "This is Your Life", or the totally erroneous TV movie (that presented anything but the truth), I never got the full, REAL story about Lou Costello; who, through this book, revealed that he was something more than just the child-like clown we saw on the screen. Not only was he a comedic genius, but a great humanitarian, loving family man, and thoughtful human being who never forgot his humble beginnings and those that helped him get to the top. Written lovingly by his youngest daughter, Chris, the book covers his life from birth, through the years of failures and successes, happy times and tragedies, until his death, when America really lost a treasure. The book is warm, nostalgic, and chuck full of surprises. Did you know that he once saved a child from drowning? Or brought baskets of food to the very poor of his neighborhood? That 's just the tip of the iceberg of some of the surprises this book has in store. Learn the origins of "Who's on First" (re-live one version of the routine scripted in the book) and "I'm a Baadaa Boy." The book is fun, entertaining, informative, and nostalgic. It will make you laugh, and it will make you cry, but overall, "Lou's on First" will have you coming away with a deeper respect for a man that brought joy to so many of us. I highly recommend this biography of America's (and the world's) comedic legend.
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