The World of Abbott and Costello
The World of Abbott and Costello Theatrical Poster
Directed by Sidney Miller
Produced by Max J. Rosenberg
Milton Subotsky
Written by Gene Wood (Narration)
Starring Bud Abbott
Lou Costello
Jack E. Leonard (narrator)
Music by Joseph Gershenson
Editing by Sidney Meyer
Distributed by Universal Pictures
Release date(s) April 8, 1965
Running time 75 min.
Country United States
Language English

The World of Abbott and Costello is a 1965 American compilation film starring the comedy team of Abbott and Costello.


This film is a plotless compilation of scenes from eighteen films that Abbott and Costello made for Universal Pictures between 1941 and 1955. Comedian Jack E. Leonard provides the narration for the film, which incorporates scenes from the following films:

Prior compilation appearanceEdit

  • A year earlier, MGM Pictures released a compilation film, MGM's Big Parade of Comedy, which includes a scene from the Abbott and Costello film, Rio Rita.[2]

Theatrical and home media releasesEdit

The World of Abbott and Costello was theatrically released by Universal Pictures in 1965 as part of a double feature with McHale's Navy Joins the Air Force.[1] This film has been released twice on DVD. The first time, on The Best of Abbott and Costello Volume Four, on October 4, 2005[3], and again on October 28, 2008 as part of Abbott and Costello: The Complete Universal Pictures Collection[4].


  1. 1.0 1.1 Jim Mulholland (1977). The Abbott and Costello Book. Popular Library. pp. 254, 299. 
  2. Hal Erickson. "MGM’s The Big Parade of Comedy: Review Summary". AllMovie Guide/The New York Times. Retrieved 2009-04-17. 

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