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After the film was completed, Universal wanted to rename it "Abbott and Costello in the Stunt Men", because they did not consider the "Keystone Kops" to be relevant anymore. However, in October, 1954, the studio relented and agreed to use the "Keystone Kops" name.

Although the film is not one of the team's best efforts, it does contain one note of authenticity. Fred Clark refers to the film editor as a "cutter", the term used during the era depicted.

The airplane stunt-flying sequence was released by Castle Films in 8mm as "Hollywood and Bust".

The chase at the end was sold by Castle Films in 8 and 16mm film under the title "Have Badge, Will Chase."

Three members of the original Keystone Kops of silent films worked on the picture: Hank Mann, Harold Goodwin and Heinie Conklin. This is the 13th Keystone Kops film.



When Lou Costello arrives at Thomas A. Edison's Black Maria studio in West Orange, NJ, and finds he has been duped into buying it by Fred Clark, his new studio sign gets thrown into a pile representing the others who were defrauded into thinking they were buying a working movie studio. Among the discarded signs is "Grant Productions", an in-joke on the name of long-time A&C collaborator and writer John Grant, who received credit on 31 of their films as well as their TV work.

When Willie (Lou Costello) goes to the theatre, the pretty lady in the box office is actually Costello's real-life daughter Carole Costello. She was made up to look much older than her real age.

Mack Sennett:  seminal silent-picture director directs a pie-throwing sequence.


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