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ABBOTT & COSTELLO (LOU COSTELLO) - DOCUMENT SIGNED 09/17/1955 CO-SIGNED BY: PAT COSTELLO, ANNE (MRS. LOU) COSTELLO, MARGARET JANE COSTELLO, HELEN CRISTILLO, MARIE KIRK - HFSID 177693

 
LOU COSTELLO'S WIFE, MOTHER, BROTHER, SISTER AND SISTER-IN-LAW TRANSFER THEIR INTEREST IN HIS PRODUCTION COMPANY TO HIM TO ENABLE COSTELLO TO SETTLE HIS TAX BILL WITH THE I.R.S.
 
LOU COSTELLO, ANNE COSTELLO, PAT COSTELLO, MARGARET JANE COSTELLO, HELEN CRISTILLO and MARIE KIRK
Typed Document Signed: "Lou Costello", "Anne Costello", "Pat Costello", "Margaret Jane Costello", "Helen Cristillo" and "Marie Kirk", 1p, 8½x13. Los Angeles, California, 1955 September 17. Headed: "Bill of Sale". Five members of Lou Costello's family transfer their interests in Cosman Productions, Inc. to the comedian/actor. In part: "That LOU COSTELLO and ANNE COSTELLO, his wife, PAT COSTELLO and MARGARET JANE COSTELLO, his wife, HELEN CRISTILLO, an unmarried woman, and MARIE KIRK, and unmarried woman, in consideration of One Dollar ($1.00) and other good and valuable considerations, do hereby sell, assign and transfer to LOU COSTELLO, a married man, all of their right, title and interest in and to all of the assets of every class and character received by them from Cosman Productions, Inc...said personal property...shall not be limited to, the following: All cash in bank, notes and accounts receivable, choses in action, inventories, supplies, furniture and fixtures, office equipment and supplies, prepaid items of expense, contracts, rights, remedies and all other personal property of whatsoever kind or nature, situated at the former principal place of business of Cosman Productions, Inc., or wheresoever situated...." PAT COSTELLO (1903-1990) was Lou's older brother. An actor and a stuntman, he had done stunts and was an occasional stand-in for Lou. MARGARET JANE COSTELLO was Pat's wife. HELEN REGE "LOLLY" CRISTILLO was Lou's mother (the comedian had been born Louis Francis Cristillo). She had married Lou's father, producer SEBASTIAN CRISTILLO (1879-1947), in 1902. MARIE KIRK was Lou's sister, the former MARIE KATHERINE CRISTILLO (the last of the Cristillo children, she was born in 1912). Marie had been married to actor JOE KIRK (1903-1975), who appeared in several Abbott and Costello films and on their television show. ANNE BATTLERS was married to LOU COSTELLO from 1934 until his death on March 3, 1959. The couple had four children, including a son who drowned just days before his first birthday. In the year this document was signed, Costello appeared in two feature films, Abbott and Costello Meet the Keystone Kops and Abbott and Costello Meet the Mummy. With partner BUD ABBOTT, COSTELLO (1906-1959) formed one of the greatest comedy teams in the history of show business. They mastered the straight man/clown relationship, creating a magical chemistry that took them from vaudeville and burlesque to radio, Broadway, film and television. The Abbott & Costello Show aired on radio on ABC from 1941-1946 and on NBC from 1946-1949. Abbott and Costello were also guest hosts of NBC's hour-long live variety show, The Colgate Comedy Hour, seven times between 1951-1954. Their "Who's on First?" routine is enshrined in the National Baseball Hall of Fame. Abbott and Costello split up in 1957 after troubles with the Internal Revenue Service left both men broke. Folds, not at signatures. Staple holes and two file holes at upper blank margin, chipped at mid-right blank edge at fold. Fine condition.


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LOU COSTELLO   ANNE COSTELLO   MARGARET JANE COSTELLO   HELEN CRISTILLO   MARIE KIRK   PAT COSTELLO  


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LOU COSTELLO
Born: March 6, 1906 in Paterson, New Jersey
Died: March 3, 1959 in East Los Angeles, California


Film Credits
2011 Reagan (Other), 2011 Eric & Ernie: Behind the Scenes (Other), 2010 Muchachada nui (Other), 2010 Behind the Burly Q (Other), 2010 A History of Horror with Mark Gatiss (Other), 2009 Morecambe and Wise: The Show What Paul Merton Did (Other), 2009 Make 'Em Laugh: The Funny Business of America (Other), 2008 The O'Reilly Factor (Other), 2008 Shemp Cocktail: A Toast to the Original Stooge (Other), 2006 The Story of Light Entertainment (Other), 2005 Watch the Skies!: Science Fiction, the 1950s and Us (Other), 2004 Back to the 1950s (Other), 1999 The Century: America's Time (Other), 1999 Mummy Dearest: A Horror Tradition Unearthed (Other), 1999 ABC 2000: The Millennium (Other), 1998 Universal Horror (Other), 1998 Classified X (Other), 1997 American Masters (Other), 1996 Bob Hope: Hollywood's Brightest Star (Other), 1996 Biography (Other), 1995 Ed Sullivan All-Star Comedy Special (Other), 1994 Television's Christmas Classics (Other), 1994 It's Alive: The True Story of Frankenstein (Other), 1994 Entertaining the Troops (Other), 1994 Baseball (Other), 1994 Abbott and Costello Meet Jerry Seinfeld (Other), 1992 Legends of Comedy (Other), 1991 When It Was a Game (Other), 1991 Frankenstein: A Cinematic Scrapbook (Other), 1990 The Three Stooges 60th Anniversary Special (Other), 1986 Horrible Horror (Other), 1986 Classic Comedy Teams (Other), 1985 Into the Night (Other), 1984 The Great Standups (Other), 1984 Stooge Snapshots (Other), 1983 Hollywood Out-takes and Rare Footage (Other), 1982 Simon & Simon (Other), 1982 Showbiz Goes to War (Other), 1979 The Horror Show (Other), 1979 The Hollywood Clowns (Other), 1978 Hey, Abbott! (Other), 1978 Funny Business (Other), 1976 That's Entertainment, Part II (Other), 1965 Wayne and Shuster Take an Affectionate Look At... (Other), 1965 The World of Abbott and Costello (Other), 1965 Hollywood My Home Town (Other), 1964 The Big Parade of Comedy (Other), 1960 Project XX (Other), 1959 The Steve Allen Plymouth Show (Other), 1959 The 30 Foot Bride of Candy Rock (Performer), 1958 Wagon Train (Performer), 1958 The Lux Show (in person), 1958 General Electric Theater (Performer), 1957-1958 The Steve Allen Plymouth Show (Performer), 1957 I've Got a Secret (in person), 1956-1958 The Steve Allen Plymouth Show (in person), 1956 This Is Your Life (in person), 1956 Dance with Me, Henry (Performer), 1955-1958 The Ed Sullivan Show (in person), 1955 Abbott and Costello Meet the Mummy (Performer), 1955 Abbott and Costello Meet the Keystone Kops (Performer), 1954 The Abbott and Costello Show (Writer), 1954 Screen Snapshots Series 33, No. 10: Hollywood Grows Up (Other), 1954 Oh, My Achin' Tooth! (Other), 1954 Fireman Save My Child (Performer), 1954 Champs of the Chase (Other), 1953 The Colgate Comedy Hour (Other), 1953 I'm the Law (Producer), 1953 Gobs in a Mess (Other), 1953 Abbott and Costello Meet Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (Performer), 1953 Abbott and Costello Go to Mars (Performer), 1952-1954 The Abbott and Costello Show (Performer), 1952 Screen Snapshots: Memories of Famous Hollywood Comedians (Other), 1952 Olympic Fund Telethon (in person), 1952 News of the Day (in person), 1952 Lost in Alaska (Performer), 1952 Jack and the Beanstalk (Performer), 1952 Jack and the Beanstalk (Producer), 1952 Abbott and Costello Meet Captain Kidd (Producer), 1952 Abbott and Costello Meet Captain Kidd (Performer), 1951-1955 The Colgate Comedy Hour (in person), 1951-1952 The Colgate Comedy Hour (Sound), 1951 Knights of the Bath (Other), 1951 Comin' Round the Mountain (Performer), 1951 Abbott and Costello Meet the Invisible Man (Performer), 1950 Abbott and Costello in the Foreign Legion (Performer), 1949 Kitchen Mechanics (Other), 1949 Fun on the Run (Other), 1949 Africa Screams (Performer), 1949 Abbott and Costello Meet the Killer, Boris Karloff (Performer), 1948-1949 The Milton Berle Show (in person), 1948 The Noose Hangs High (Producer), 1948 The Noose Hangs High (Performer), 1948 Oysters and Muscles (Other), 1948 Mexican Hayride (Performer), 1948 Bud Abbott Lou Costello Meet Frankenstein (Performer), 1948 10,000 Kids and a Cop (Producer), 1948 10,000 Kids and a Cop (in person), 1947 The Wistful Widow of Wagon Gap (Performer), 1947 Buck Privates Come Home (Performer), 1946 The Time of Their Lives (Performer), 1946 Screen Snapshots Series 25, No. 8: Looking Back (Other), 1946 Little Giant (Performer), 1945 The Naughty Nineties (Performer), 1945 Here Come the Co-eds (Performer), 1945 Bud Abbott and Lou Costello in Hollywood (Performer), 1944 Mail Call (in person), 1944 Lost in a Harem (Performer), 1944 In Society (Performer), 1944 A Wave, a WAC and a Marine (Producer), 1943 The Autobiography of a 'Jeep' (Other), 1943 It Ain't Hay (Performer), 1943 Hit the Ice (Performer), 1942 Who Done It (Performer), 1942 Screen Snapshots Series 21, No. 6 (in person), 1942 Rio Rita (Performer), 1942 Ride 'Em Cowboy (Performer), 1942 Picture People No. 10: Hollywood at Home (in person), 1942 Pardon My Sarong (Performer), 1941 Meet the Stars #4: Variety Reel #2 (in person), 1941 Keep 'Em Flying (Performer), 1941 In the Navy (Performer), 1941 Hold That Ghost (Performer), 1941 Buck Privates (Performer), 1940 The Baer-Galento Bout (in person), 1940 One Night in the Tropics (Performer), 1928 The Trail of '98 (Stunt work), 1928 The Cossacks (Performer), 1928 Rose-Marie (Performer), 1928 Circus Rookies (Performer), 1927 The Taxi Dancer (Performer), 1927 The Fair Co-Ed (Performer), 1927 The Battle of the Century (Performer), 1926 Bardelys the Magnificent (Performer)

Theatre Credits
Streets of Paris - Performer (June 19, 1939 - February 10, 1940)


ANNE COSTELLO
Born: March 12, 1912 in Clackmannanshire, Scotland, United Kingdom
Died: December 5, 1959 in Los Angeles, California



MARGARET JANE COSTELLO

Film Credits
1988 Fair City (Other)


PAT COSTELLO
Born: December 10, 1902 in Paterson, New Jersey
Died: February 13, 1990 in Encino, California


Film Credits
1989 Mystery Science Theater 3000 (Other), 1959 The 30 Foot Bride of Candy Rock (Stunt work), 1953 I'm the Law (Producer), 1952-1954 The Abbott and Costello Show (Producer), 1952 Jack and the Beanstalk (Producer), 1952 Jack and the Beanstalk (Performer), 1952 Jack and the Beanstalk (Writer), 1952 Jack and the Beanstalk (Other), 1951-1952 The Colgate Comedy Hour (Writer), 1949 Sweet Cheat (Performer), 1948 Mexican Hayride (Performer), 1946 The Brute Man (Performer), 1946 Little Giant (Performer), 1945 Here Come the Co-eds (Stunt work), 1944 Million Dollar Kid (Performer), 1943 It Ain't Hay (Stunt work), 1943 Hit the Ice (Other), 1942 Who Done It (Other), 1942 Who Done It (Sound Department), 1942 Who Done It (Stunt work), 1942 The Pay Off (Performer), 1942 The Corpse Vanishes (Performer), 1942 Rio Rita (Stunt work), 1942 Ride 'Em Cowboy (Stunt work), 1942 Madame Spy (Performer), 1942 Let's Get Tough! (Performer), 1942 Jail House Blues (Performer), 1942 Bowery at Midnight (Performer), 1941 Spooks Run Wild (Performer), 1941 Sing Another Chorus (Performer), 1941 Mob Town (Performer), 1941 Keep 'Em Flying (Stunt work), 1941 In the Navy (Stunt work), 1941 Hold That Ghost (Stunt work), 1941 Buck Privates (Stunt work), 1941 Buck Privates (Performer), 1941 Bowery Blitzkrieg (Performer), 1930 Not Damaged (Sound Department), 1930 Not Damaged (Other)


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