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One Night in the Tropics (1940)

Approved | | Comedy, Music | 15 November 1940 (USA)
Jim "Lucky" Moore (Allan Jones), an insurance salesman, comes up with a novel policy for his friend, Steve (Robert Cummings): a 'love insurance policy', that will pay out $1-million if ... See full summary »

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Jim "Lucky" Moore (Allan Jones), an insurance salesman, comes up with a novel policy for his friend, Steve (Robert Cummings): a 'love insurance policy', that will pay out $1-million if Steve does not marry his fiancée, Cynthia (Nancy Kelly). The upcoming marriage is jeopardized by Steve's ex-girlfriend, Mickey (Peggy Moran), and Cynthia's disapproving Aunt Kitty. The policy is underwritten by a nightclub owner, Roscoe (William Frawley), who sends two enforcers - Abbott and Costello - to ensure that the wedding occurs as planned. Everyone involved in the situation winds up sailing or flying to San Marcos (a fictional South American country), where another complication arises, when Lucky falls for Cynthia. Lucky winds up marrying Cynthia, but Roscoe does not have to pay the $1-million because Steve ends up marrying Mickey. Written by Wikipedia

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Abbott and Costello are at it again! (Film Classics 1950 reissue lobby card). See more »

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Comedy | Music

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15 November 1940 (USA)  »

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Caribbean Holiday  »

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The film was a flop but Bud Abbott and Lou Costello were so popular that Universal offered the team a two-picture deal with the option to extend the contract. Also, they would receive 10% of the films' profits. See more »

Quotes

Costello: He's gonna make a wonderful husband.
Abbott: You don't even know what a husband is.
Costello: A husband is what's left of a sweetheart after the nerve has been killed.
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Version of Love Insurance (1919) See more »

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Remind Me
Music by Jerome Kern
Lyrics by Dorothy Fields
Sung by Peggy Moran (dubbed)
Played as background music
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Debut Abbott and Costello Leaves You Craving More!
14 July 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Let me explain. This is the first film in which (what I consider to be) the greatest comedy team of all time appear. They are not the leads, but steal the show with every scene that they're in. The plot of the movie is interesting enough to hold one's attention. An insurance salesman sells his friend "Love Insurance" which insures his marriage to his fiancée. When Lucky (the salesman) falls in love with Steve's (his friend) fiancée, things get complicated. Throw in Steve's second love interest, a crooked nightclub owner and his two thugs (Bud and Lou), and a larger than life Aunt and you have yourself a twisted (but funny!) little feature. Each time Bud and Lou show up they give off a radiance and freshness that is truly a joy to watch. The gags include two tens for a five, mustard, Jonah and the Whale, an abbreviated "Who's on First?", and Lou's cut in pay. The last bit I mentioned is extremely funny and I'm not sure if it appears in any of their other films so watch for it! The rest of the cast is pretty decent and the music doesn't really help or hurt the film. It's a great way to introduce someone to the team. Recommended for A&C fans, fans of classic comedy and films, or simply someone who wants to smile a little! Just warning you though, this film will leave you craving more Bud and Lou, so have another of their films at hand. Enjoy!!


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