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The show's writers included Howard Harris, Hal Fimberg, Parke Levy, Don Prindle, Eddie Cherkose (later known as Eddie Maxwell), Leonard B.Stern, Martin Ragaway, Paul Conlan and Eddie Forman, as well as producer Martin Gosch.After the tour the team made It Ain't Hay (1943), from a story by Damon Runyon; and Hit the Ice (1943).Costello was stricken with rheumatic fever upon his return from a winter tour of army bases in March 1943 and was bedridden for approximately six months.

During their time on ABC the duo also hosted a 30-minute children's radio program (The Abbott and Costello Children's Show) In 1940, Universal Studios signed them for a musical, One Night in the Tropics. Their second film, Buck Privates (1941), directed by Arthur Lubin and co-starring The Andrews Sisters, was a massive hit, earning million at the box office and launching Abbott and Costello as stars.The following year they made two films, (Little Giant and The Time of Their Lives), in which they appeared as separate characters rather than as a team.This may have been a result of the tensions between them, plus the fact that their most recent films had not performed as well at the box office.Two of their films (Buck Privates and Hold That Ghost) were adapted for Lux Radio Theater that year.Their program returned in its own weekly time slot starting on October 8, 1942 and Camel cigarettes as sponsor.

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