Who Gets on First?


The Smoking Gun has just posted a 1958 FBI memo attending to the crucial law enforcement issue of Bud Abbot's Lou Costello-like appetite for porn (the long-suffering straight man apparently had some 1,500 girlie flicks).

Elsewhere, TSG has posted FBI material on Costello's similar interest in skin flicks and that most pressing of Cold War questions, Did film tough-guy George Raft have a firm or "a very limp" handshake?

Apart from the cheap thrill of learning about the sad-sack personal fetishes of crappy actors (itself a form of porn), these sorts of documents leave me wondering: What the hell was the FBI doing if it had time to investigage this sort of crap? Weren't there actual crimes or foreign agents these guys could have been busting?