ABBOTT & COSTELLO (LOU COSTELLO) - DOCUMENT SIGNED 01/29/1946 - HFSID 173124
Sale Price $637.50
ABBOTT & COSTELLO: LOU COSTELLO
Lou Costello signs a promissory note to pay Universal Pictures Company $20,000.00.
Typed Document Signed: "Lou Costello", 1p, 8½x11. Universal City, California, 1946 January 29. Headed: "Promissory Note". In full: "For value received, I promise to pay to Universal Pictures Company, Inc., or order, on demand the sum of Twenty Thousand Dollars ($20,000.00) without interest." "Duplicate" written in unknown hand at lower left margin. In the year he signed this document, Costello made appearances without his comic partner, Bud Abbott, in two films, Little Giant and The Time of Their Lives. With partner BUD ABBOTT, LOU 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. Lightly creased with folds, not at signature. Minor stains at blank areas. Staple holes at upper left blank corner, tiny nick at lower right blank edge. Overall, fine condition.
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