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The Time of Their Lives

This one's a picnic for Abbott & Costello fans, replete with trowelled-on slapstick, corned-up gags and farcical plot.

With:
Lou Costello Bud Abbott Marjorie Reynolds Binnie Barnes Gale Sondergaard

This one’s a picnic for Abbott & Costello fans, replete with trowelled-on slapstick, corned-up gags and farcical plot.

Shot by mistake as a traitor in the American Revolutionary War and doomed to remain an earthbound ghost until proved innocent, Costello turns up in 1946 still looking for the evidence. In a similar fix, Marjorie Reynolds floats through the film like a Sears-Roebuck model ghost, but Costello can’t quite make the smoothie grade. It’s good for laughs.

Abbott, who early in the picture plays a 1780 heel, turns up in modern times as a psychiatrist, house-guesting in the mansion Costello and his girl friend are haunting. Latter wreak their revenge via a series of invisible-man stunts that drive the brain specialist out of his mind. This gimmick is worked to the limit, and beyond.

The Time of Their Lives

Production: Universal. Director Charles T. Barton; Screenplay Val Burton, Walter De Leon, Bradford Ropes; Camera Charles Van Enger; Editor Philip Cahn; Music Milton Rosen; Art Director Jack Otterson, Richard Riedel

Crew: (B&W) Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1946. Running time: 82 MIN.

With: Lou Costello Bud Abbott Marjorie Reynolds Binnie Barnes Gale Sondergaard

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