Costello mustâ€™ve gotten one hell of a paycheck for 1948â€™sâ€¦Meet Frankenstein. (1947’s $7,000 has 2005’s purchasing power of $62,529.) This, despite Bud Abbot famously signing lousy contracts while liquored to the gills (he was combating epilepsyâ€”it was medicinal).
Soâ€¦did Costello skim from the Lou Costello Jr. Foundation? Not likely. Costello bordered on the Christlike, as heâ€”after his 3-yr-old son drowned in daddyâ€™s Los Angeles poolâ€”became obsessed with building churches and sending terminally ill children to world-class doctors. Every child a potential Lazarus.
Valley landmark, the LCJF:
(As for Bud Abbot, by Costelloâ€™s death in â€™59 [there was no resurrection], Abbot had become penniless and forgotten, excepting some work voicing himself in the 1966 Hanna-Barbera A&C cartoon.)