|Born||January 29, 1923|
Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
|Died||April 20, 1989 66) (aged|
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
|Resting place||Mount Sinai Memorial Park, Los Angeles|
Martin Ragaway (January 29, 1923 – April 20, 1989) was an award-winning American comedy writer.
Ragaway's early credits include the Abbott and Costello radio program in the late 1940s. Along with Leonard Stern, he created the "Sam Shovel" spoofs for the show. This led to screenwriting the Abbott and Costello films Africa Screams (1949, uncredited), Abbott and Costello in the Foreign Legion (1950), and Lost in Alaska (1952). Ragaway and Stern also wrote two Ma and Pa Kettle movies, 1950's Ma and Pa Kettle Go to Town , for which they penned the story and screenplay, and the story for Ma and Pa Kettle At the Fair in 1952. They also wrote The Milkman (1952) for Donald O'Connor.
On television, Ragaway shared an Emmy for the 1960–61 season of "The Red Skelton Show", and won Writer's Guild Awards for a 1965 episode of The Dick Van Dyke Show ("My Husband is the Best One"), and the 1968 special, "Alan King's Wonderful World of Aggravation."
He also scripted episodes of Get Smart , The Jerry Lewis Show, The Brady Bunch , The Bill Cosby Show , Here's Lucy , I Dream of Jeannie , The Partridge Family , The Odd Couple, Diff'rent Strokes , and The Facts of Life .
In the late 1970s Ragaway worked on several Dean Martin Celebrity Roasts and the annual Country Music Association awards shows. Among his last credits was the short-lived Billy Crystal Comedy Hour (1982).
Louis Francis Cristillo, professionally known as Lou Costello, was an American actor, best known for his film comedy double act with straight man Bud Abbott and their comedy routine "Who's on First?"
Abbott and Costello were an American comedy duo composed of Bud Abbott and Lou Costello, whose work on radio and in film and television made them the most popular comedy team of the 1940s and early 1950s. Their patter routine "Who's on First?" is one of the best-known comedy routines of all time, and set the framework for many of their best-known comedy bits.
"Who's on First?" is a comedy routine made famous by Abbott and Costello. The premise of the sketch is that Abbott is identifying the players on a baseball team for Costello, but their names and nicknames can be interpreted as non-responsive answers to Costello's questions. For example, the first baseman is named "Who"; thus, the utterance "Who's on first" is ambiguous between the question and the answer.
Buddy Hackett was an American actor and comedian. His best remembered roles include Marcellus Washburn in The Music Man (1962); Benjy Benjamin in It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World (1963); Tennessee Steinmetz in The Love Bug (1968); and the voice of Scuttle in The Little Mermaid (1989).
Ma and Pa Kettle are comic film characters of the successful film series of the same name, produced by Universal Studios, in the late 1940s and 1950s. They are a hillbilly couple with fifteen children whose lives are turned upside-down when they win a model home of the future in a slogan-writing contest. On the verge of getting their farm condemned, the Kettles move into the prize home that is different from their country lifestyle. After that, they are subjected to more unusual situations.
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