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Abbott & Costello, Joe Kirk, Bingo the Chimp - The Banana Sketch





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Uploaded on Feb 21, 2009

[From "Kovacs Corner" on] - Bud and Lou attempt the purchase three bananas for Bingo the Chimp. but Mr Bacciagalupe is using the same trading skills as Bernie Madoff. In real life Joe Kirk was Lou's brother-in-law. Born Ignacio "Nat" Curcuruto, the bulk of Joe Kirk's early film career consisted of playing bit parts, often uncredited, in low budget productions. Typical roles for him were "ethnic" Sicilian-Americans...gangsters, bartenders, bookies, and henchmen. He appeared in several films produced at Monogram Pictures, including "Spooks Run Wild" (1941), "Dick Tracy vs. Crime Inc." (1941), "Mr. Wise Guy" (1942), and "Smart Alecks" (1942). He was occasionally billed as "Joseph I. Kirk", the "I" standing for his birth-name, Ignacio. Through his marriage to Marie Cristillo, the sister of Lou Costello, Kirk secured steady appearances (albeit in small roles) in Abbott and Costello films. His more prominent parts included the pet shop owner in "Rio Rita" (1942), Honest Dan the Bookie in "Here Come the Co-Eds" (1946), the shady real estate agent in "Buck Privates Come Home" (1947) and Dr. Orvilla in "Abbott and Costello Go to Mars" (1953). Kirk continued acting through the late 1950s, with appearances in "The Jackie Robinson Story" (1950), the 1956 Bowery Boys comedy "Hot Shots" and Fritz Lang's drama "Beyond a Reasonable Doubt" (1956). He also took small roles in television shows such as "Adventures of Superman", "Sheriff of Cochise" and "U.S. Marshal", before retiring from show business in 1958. Joe died on April 16, 1975 in Los Angeles, California.

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