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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
Nice comedy romance to introduce Abbott and Costello
A couple of other reviewers said it seemed as though Abbott and Costello were inserted into this film at the last minute. They certainly aren't part of the main story. "One Night in the Tropics" is a good comedy romance in which the famous comic team seem to be an add-on. Perhaps it was Universal's way to introduce them on film. The plot without them is quite funny with just the four main characters.
Bob Cummings, as Steve Harper, is the principal butt of most of the humor. Allan Jones plays his best friend, Jim Moore, and I think he gives a lot of spark to his role. Nancy Kelly is Cynthia Merrick and Peggy Moran is Mickey Fitzgerald. They are the two love interests of Steve and Jim, but nobody's sure which is for which. Sorting that out is a lot of the fun in the film. The movie is based on a novel by Earl D. Biggers who created the Charlie Chan character. Others have noted how the plot resembles Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream." I surely don't decry that. I have enjoyed all of the different productions of Shakespeare plays and movies I've seen over the years. When something is that good, it should be copied or imitated. Hollywood has been doing that for years. Consequently, we've had some wonderful new films come out of old stories as well as some stinkers.
This film has some very funny sequences of exchanges between actors with dialog and facial expressions to match. In one such scene, the four leads are attending a bullfight. Steve, "Where's the bull?" Cynthia, "Why darling, there's plenty of it around here." Mickey, looking at the matador, "Hasn't he the most beautiful legs you've ever seen?" Steve, "Who, the bull?" Cynthia, "Oh, there is a man." Steve, "Now look here, Mickey." Jim, "Uh, that's Cynthia, Mickey's here." Cynthia, "Yes, you boys are a little confused, I'm afraid."
Bud and Lou have just a small amount of time in this film. They do a couple routines, including their oft performed hilarious baseball skit, "Who's on First?" They did that routine on their later TV shows and in other movies. This one was OK but short. One of the best is in their 1945 film, "The Naughty Nineties." This is a nice little comedy romance with or without Abbott and Costello.
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