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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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Jerome Kern's MIRTH & MELODY MAGICAL MUSICAL! (original print ad - many caps) 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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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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Bud Abbott and Lou Costello were big radio stars when they made this, their debut film. Their voices are heard before they appear on screen. See more »

Quotes

[Costello lights up a cigar]
Abbott: Put that out. There's no smoking in here.
Costello: What makes you think I'm smokin'?
Abbott: You've got a cigar in your mouth!
Costello: I've got shoes on... don't mean I'm walkin'.
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Version of The Reckless Age (1924) See more »

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Back in My Shell
Music by Jerome Kern
Lyrics by Dorothy Fields
Sung by Allan Jones
Played as background music
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And introducing Bud & Lou.
4 March 2008 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I will go slightly against the grain of most reviewers here and say that the film is enjoyable enough without the addition of Abbott & Costello. This film will forever remain the debut of that wonderful pairing, but the film isn't reliant on their input to lift it above average. Sure they have great moments, the Who's On First and Salary Deconstruction {Dollar A Day} sequences are pure joy, but they are merely seasoning in a decent enough zany comedy stew.

Allan Jones, Nancy Kelly, and a delightful turn from Robert Cummings cement the fun to be had with this daft plot line of Love Insurance, the tunes are engaging enough and the ending is one of satisfaction that concludes nicely for the viewer. Bud & Lou started here, and would go on to much better movies, but saying this film is saved by them is a disservice to the others involved. 7/10


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