Abbott and Costello Go To Mars

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ABBOTT AND COSTELLO GO TO MARS —-they go to Venus, actually, but someone at Universal decided that the movie was so forgettable it didn’t even rate a title correction. Where the boys really go is downhill, with shenanigans and production qualities in this 1953 snooze that are lame, if you’re generous.

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Kids of that era may have put up with it, but today it’s hard to see how anyone over three would sit through its 77 minutes. Produced for $754,000, it was directed by Charles Lamont.  Earnings of $1,250,000 had Bud & Lou landing not on Venus or Mars but crashing to Earth on spot #104 for the year.

With Mari Blanchard, Martha Hyer, Horace McMahon, Jack Kruschen, Anita Ekberg ,Jean Willes, James Flavin and Harry Shearer. Several contestants of the then-current Miss Universe pageants are paraded as space cuties (Ekberg was Miss Sweden).

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Lou’s on last

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