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Bud Abbott and Lou Costello in Hollywood(1945)

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Some contemporary sources list the title of this film as Abbott and Costello in Hollywood. The working title for the film was Close Shave. The picture marked Martin Gosch's initial effort as a producer for M-G-M, and was the first film for Bud Abbott and Lou Costello under their new contract with M-G-M. Dance director Charles Walters appeared onscreen in the minor role of "sailor." A July 1945 New York Times article notes that the film was to have been the first of many M-G-M films starring former Universal players Bud Abbott and Lou Costello, but that the contract between the studio and the comedy team, which called for one film per year for four years, was later abrogated. Mano Artzt, who was hired as a technical advisor on the film, was head of the M-G-M barber shop. M-G-M studio records indicate that the song "Put a Little Salt on the Bluebird's Tail" was recorded for the film but not used.