Saturday, June 2, 2012

Little Giant

Little Giant
Release Date: February 22, 1946
Director: William A. Seiter
Actors: Bud Abbott, Lou Costello, Brenda Joyce, Jacqueline deWit, George Cleveland, Elena Verdugo, and Mary Gordon

     Lou Costello had a son, a baby son, that died in 1943. The boy had been outside and drowned in the family pool. Grief stricken, and sadden by his loss, Costello had never had the best relationship with his wife after that. There is a book, that I have, and that you can buy online called "Lou's on First" and it is written by Costello's daughter Chris Costello. It explains the whole mess and what happened. But it sounded like Costello blamed his wife, but could not divorce since both were Catholic. Anyway, there is a scene in this film where Costello is thought to be a model and is asked to strip down. You can see a bracelet that has his son's named engraved in it. He had the bracelet welded on him so that it may never be removed.

     This laugh out loud comedy is one of my favorite Abbott and Costello movies. They have a lot of great hit movies, but this one is one of my favorites. The movie includes this amazing skit called "7 x 13 = 28" and when you watch it, you really do believe by the end of it that 7 x 13 is really 28. It makes you laugh and cry due to the amount of laughter you will have during this film. Abbott is great at throwing his partner Costello around. And you can tell they genuinely had a great time together. The movie is about a man Benny Miller (Lou Costello) that graduates with a BS degree, Bachelor of Sales. And moves to another part of his home state. He was from a small town in California and ends up in LA. He ends up at his uncles job by being a door to door salesman. When Benny ends up not selling any Vacuum Cleaners and ends up costing the team a lot of money, he is fired and ends up going to another town but with the same company. Where Benny sells a lot of Vacuum Cleaners in one day. 

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