Thursday, July 23, 2020
Bud and Lou on your home projector...
More on Castle Films this week...and an interesting variation. Midget Car Maniacs (1947), a short subject comedy starring Bud Abbott and Lou Costello, could be purchased on 16mm or 8mm by Castle Films for your home viewing pleasure on the projector you kept on the shelf in the living room closet. It was, I believe, pieced together at least in part from discarded sequences from another film or films.
You'll recognize some old friends in the cast: Nat Pendleton, Don Beddoe, Milburn Stone, and others.
The Castle Films version is silent, shown with titles. There was also a sound version for the theaters, and eventually, television. You can see both versions on YouTube.