Sam Shovel & The Russian Diplomat (Aired November 18, 1948)
Bud Abbott was born in Asbury Park, NJ, October 2, 1897 and died April 24, 1974 in Woodland Hills, California. Lou Costello was born in Paterson, NJ, March 6, 1906 and died March 3, 1959 in East Los Angeles, California. After working as Allen's summer replacement, Abbott and Costello joined Edgar Bergen and Charlie McCarthy on The Chase and Sanborn Hour in 1941, while two of their films (Buck Privates and Hold That Ghost) were adapted for Lux Radio Theater. They launched their own weekly show October 8, 1942, sponsored by Camel cigarettes. The Abbott and Costello Show mixed comedy with musical interludes (usually, by singers such as Connie Haines, Marilyn Maxwell, the Delta Rhythm Boys, Skinnay Ennis, and the Les Baxter Singers).
November 18, 1948. "Sam Shovel & The Russian Diplomat"
- ABC network. The orchestra plays one-minute fills for affiliate local inserts. "Sam Shovel" appears in, "The Case Of The Russian Diplomat Who Took The 6:00 P.M. Boat Back To Russia," or, "Red Sails In The Sunset." Bud Abbott, Lou Costello, Matty Malneck and His Orchestra, Virginia Maxey, George Fenneman (announcer), Ed Forman (writer), Pat Costello (writer), Martin Ragaway (writer), Charles Vanda (producer), Leonard Stern (writer), Paul Conlan (writer), Norman Abbott, Veola Vonn, Sidney Fields. 29:38. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.