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The Birthday Party 

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Lou invites Mr. Fields to his birthday party, but Bud winds up kicking Lou out of his own party.

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Jean Yarbrough

Writer:

Eddie Forman
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Cast

Episode cast overview:
Bud Abbott ... Bud Abbott
Lou Costello ... Lou Costello
Hillary Brooke ... Hillary Brooke
Sid Fields ... Sid Fields (as Sidney Fields)
Gordon Jones ... Mike Kelly
Joe Kirk Joe Kirk ... Mr. Bacciagalupe
Joe Besser ... Stinky Davis
Elvia Allman ... Mrs. Crumbcake (as Alvia Allman)
Sarah Padden ... Old Lady on Street (as Sara Padden)
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Lou invites Mr. Fields to his birthday party, but Bud winds up kicking Lou out of his own party.

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Genres:

Comedy | Family | Mystery

Certificate:

TV-G
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Language:

English

Release Date:

2 January 1953 (USA) See more »

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Mono (Western Electric Recording)

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1.33 : 1
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Lou Costello: Mr. Fields, you are invited to my party.
Sid Fields: You're finally inviting me. You want me to bring a present, huh?
Lou Costello: Look, Mr. Fields, a lot of people are going to bring me presents. You don't have to bring me no present.
Sid Fields: I see. Everybody brings a present. You want me to come empty-handed. People should look at me and say, "Sidney Fields is a cheapskate," huh? "Sidney Fields is nothing but a dirty, broken-down tramp." Is that it?
Lou Costello: Look, Mr. Fields. You don't look like no tramp. You look nice.
Sid Fields: I don't, huh?...
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A Lonely Birthday
21 June 2019 | by JordanThomasHallSee all my reviews

It's Lou's birthday and he and Bud are going to throw a birthday party in their apartment. Mr. Fields comically takes every aspect of an invite as a jab at him and his family. Guests soon arrive with their presents: Mrs. Crumbcake with a cupcake, Mike the Cop gifting his broken whistle, Mr. Fields with a kaleidoscope image that comically turn out to be of him in a bathtub, and Hillary giving a comic book- "Terry and the Used Car Dealers". Lou serves everyone his "famous antipasto hors d'oeuvres". They quickly begin feeling ill after eating them. Bud discovers that Lou mixed up the can of antipasto with ant paste. Bud angrily throws him out of the apartment. A dejected Lou leaves feeling no one loves him. Events on the sidewalk adds to his suffering. Lou is plowed down by Stinky riding a scooter who also puts him down. Lou decides to cheer himself up by buying his own birthday cake and having a party for himself. He runs into trouble with the baker Mr. Bacciagalupe.

A previous reviewer incorrectly stated it was "rat poison", but I tend to agree that the serious nature in the middle of the episode feels odd. There are people out there that do have dejected, lonely birthdays and may feel a kindred spirit in Lou here. Perhaps they may even realize they're not worse off than Lou and everything bad that happens to him. Yet, for this legendary comedic team, the change of pace is a bit of a miss.


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