The Annotated Abbott and Costello

A Complete Viewer’s Guide to the Comedy Team and Their 38 Films

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About the Book

Abbott and Costello were the most popular comedians of the 1940s, with burlesque-inspired routines that enthralled audiences on both radio and television. Oddly, their films have not received the same level of attention from critics and writers as those of other comedy teams.  This book is a scene-by-scene, film-by-film guide to their movies, making a compelling case for their inclusion at the very top of comic artists. Featuring new research and some surprising revelations, the book introduces newcomers to the delights of this uproarious team and provides confirmed fans with the ultimate companion to their work. Also included is a foreword by John Landis, the celebrated director and Abbott and Costello devotee.

About the Author(s)

Matthew Coniam has contributed to numerous books, magazines, journals and websites in Britain and America. He lives in Bath, England.

Nick Santa Maria has appeared in every form of show business except ballet. A native New Yorker, he now lives on Hutchinson Island, Florida, where he teaches film history, and is proudly one half of the faux 1930’s comedy team, Biffle and Shooster.

Bibliographic Details

Matthew Coniam and Nick Santa Maria

Foreword by John Landis
Format: softcover (7 x 10)
Pages: 494
Bibliographic Info: 80 photos, appendices, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2023
pISBN: 978-1-4766-8244-0
eISBN: 978-1-4766-4776-0
Imprint: McFarland