Featuring Carl Hoff and his Orchestra, with singer Amy Arnelle. A reproduction of a previous show, but with some extras worked in.
Lou enters with his new pet dog, and the jokes about dogs, cats, and animals of all varieties begin. The dog, Suzy does a little math, and even tells time. The frustrated Bud has to get back to tending to his pet shop. When Mrs Pike calls in for some service with her pekinese, it’s the set up for some word play and confusion for Lou.
Carl Hoff plays, Come to Baby.
Back in Buds pet shop, Lou inventories the animals. Lou waits on customers including Verna Felton, a tipsy Mel Blanc, and Bessy May Mucho. Scotty Brown, the Scotsman pops in to add to the animal jokes. Mrs Niles has a few dog jokes while she asks for help in training her dog, but Lou flubs his line.
Amy Arnelle sings, You Won’t Be Satisfied Until You Break My Heart.
Lou has trouble in trying to train Mrs Niles dog, then it’s off to get the dog a license down at City Hall. Somehow Lou ends up in the marriage license department, which makes for some pretty good misunderstandings.
Back in the pet shop Mrs Niles wants her dog back, but something has gone wrong. Now the guys have to hunt for a missing dog, and end up at a haunted house.
While there, the secret of why she ran away is revealed. Not to mention, several jokes about ghosts, and monsters.
Note: At some time during 1946 Bud and Lou had a personal rift, and a falling out. I don’t remember when, but it was over the hiring of a maid that one had fired, and the other hired. Something like that. The tone of the shows seems to have shifted from earlier in the year, and the trend continues.
There have been several staff changes, Connie Haines had left, and Amy Arnelle has taken over. The Orchestra has switche from Freddie Rich to Will Osbourne last season, and now Carl Hoff has been playing.
More trends to watch for include more singer and band changes, and Lou begins to take on less parts where is a total butt of jokes. Bud begins to be teased more. There’ll even be roles where Lou comes out on top, as in a Sam Shovel feature that will be a signature piece of the shows.
The team were together for years to come, but for a long time, they broke off the friendship, and only saw each other while in the studio, and as little of that as possible.