Buck Privates Come Home was the only sequel Abbott & Costello ever made
When Bud Abbott & Lou Costello made this sequel to their first starring film and first real hit, Buck Privates, their last couple of movies suffered, box-office-wise, because they were playing characters that were only acquainted with each other as opposed to being good friends which was once again the case here. Also, by this period in time, their studio Universal Pictures had merged with International Pictures to become Universal-International. International's founders, William Goetz and Leo Spitz, wanted to fire the team as they were more interested in more prestige pictures but someone must have reminded them that despite their not being as popular as during the war years, A & C still was the most popular stars of the studio. So they made this follow-up to one of their most popular pictures with Nat Pendleton also returning as their often-nemesis Sgt. Collins who goes back to being a cop just as Bud & Lou again become con men selling ties. Mixed in this time is a young pre-teen French girl orphan named Evey (Beverly Simmons) who Lou wants to adopt but can't because he doesn't have a legitimate job and isn't married. There's more but I'll just now mention that the team are once again funny in their own unique way especially with Costello's reactions and physical pratfalls. Pendleton, himself, is also funny in what turned out to be his last film role. Bud & Lou were back in the groove after temporarily changing direction with Little Giant and The Time of Their Lives. If there's some disappointment concerning this movie, it's what I know about a couple of deleted scenes like that of Abbott, Costello, and Evey encountering a shoeshine boy who reveals being an immigrant who got adopted and recites the "Give me your poor, tired..." speech that inspires Lou to find a way to adopt Evey. In that scene, Lou's father Sebastian Cristillo is sitting next to Bud. The other deleted scene concerns Lou in the climatic race car chase smashing through a movie theatre that is showing him in a scene from Romeo & Juliet as Lou-on-film is talking to Lou-in-car before bopping him on the nose! Those two cut sequences might have added to my enjoyment of the film. ( I should note here that I've yet to watch the excised scenes as I only know of them from stills and descriptions in the book "Abbott & Costello in Hollywood" by Bob Furmanek and Ron Palumbo.) Still, there's enough in Buck Privates Come Home for me to recommend it. Oh, and the real estate salesman who sells Bud & Lou a broken-down bus is Lou's brother-in-law Joe Kirk. So as we leave this comedy team from the sequel to their Army comedy, we next go on to Laurel & Hardy in their Army comedy, Great Guns.