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Lou's on First: The Tragic Life of…
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Lou's on First: The Tragic Life of Hollywood's Greatest Clown Warmly…

by Chris Costello

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Lou's on First by Chris Costello is a book about Lou but I had to remember it is written by his daughter. I did seem a bit biased in many places. It was good but it was easy to read between the lines in some places. I did learn a lot and learn about others around him. It was very interesting. If anyone is an oldie like me and remembers watches his movies as a kid, this might interest them. ( )
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This intimate portrait of Lou Costello (1906-1959) offers a rare look at one of the most talented comedians of all time. Starting in the 1930s, Costello attained enormous fame touring the burlesque circuits with straight man Bud Abbott (1895-1974). Their live skits (including "Who's on First?"), radio programs, and films such as One Night in the Tropics, Buck Privates, Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein, and In the Navy made comic history.

Behind the scenes, however, Costello faced numerous crises: a bout with rheumatic fever that left him bedridden for months, the drowning death of his young son, and constant haggles with Universal Studios over its reluctance to adequately finance productions of Abbot and Costello films. Lou's on First goes beyond Costello's clownish persona to explore his Pagliacci nature: the private demons behind the happy public face, the heartbreaking moments in an otherwise storybook marriage, the business ventures soured by unscrupulous managers, and the true nature of the breakup of his twenty-one-year partnership with Bud Abbott.

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