Abbott and Costello in the Horror Universe: THE COLGATE COMEDY HOUR

1 May

Every Friday I will be posting here an excerpt from my book, the Horror Crossover Encyclopedia.  These excerpts will be entries from the book featuring some of my favorite series, often series you might not expect to find in a book about horror crossovers.  

THE COLGATE COMEDY HOUR (TELEVISION SERIES)

Release Date: September 10, 1950 – December 25, 1955 (See Notes)

Series: Colgate Comedy Hour

The Story: This is a variety series with different guest hosts for each show.

Notes: The series as a whole is not in the Horror Universe. Only the episode below is in.

SEASON 4 EPISODE 21

Release Date: February 21, 1954 (Contemporary Setting)

Horror Crosses: Invisible Man (Universal); Frankenstein (Universal); Creature from the Black Lagoon

Non-Horror Crosses: Abbott and Costello

The Story: There are various routines and sketches, but only one is relevant. Bud and Lou have been asked to guest host the Colgate Comedy Hour. They head to the Universal prop department in preparation for the show. There, in a room with life size figures of the classic Universal monsters, Lou encounters the very real Invisible Man, Frankenstein Monster, and Creature from the Black Lagoon.

Notes: Only the one sketch is part of the Horror Universe. The Invisible Man here is probably Geoffrey Radcliffe again. The Frankenstein Creature is likely the one created in Mad Monster Party. This is also probably not the same Gill-Man from the famous film, but another of the species. One might argue that these monsters are the models come to life, but this isn’t likely since there is a model of the Invisible Man in the background the whole time Lou is menaced by the real deal. Finally, there have been plenty of stories that demonstrate that these monsters exist in the same reality where the Universal films also have been made. Clearly in each instance, the events got told to somebody at Universal.

For more Abbott and Costello crossovers, click here.

And you can purchase the Horror Crossover Encyclopedia by clicking here.

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