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Pardon My Sarong (1942)

Approved | | Comedy, Musical, Adventure | 7 August 1942 (USA)
A pair of bus drivers accidentally steal their own bus. With the company issuing a warrant for their arrest, they tag along with a playboy on a boat trip that finds them on a tropical island, where a jewel thief has sinister plans for them.

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Joan Marshall
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Tommy Layton
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Varnoff
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Whaba (as Leif Erikson)
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Detective Kendall
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Chief Kolua
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Ferna
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Amo (as Elaine Morey)
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Tip Tap & Toe ...
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A pair of bus drivers accidentally steal their own bus. With the company issuing a warrant for their arrest, they tag along with a playboy on a boat trip that finds them on a tropical island, where a jewel thief has sinister plans for them.

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7 August 1942 (USA)  »

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Road to Montezuma  »

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$400,000 (estimated)
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(Western Electric Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Maria Montez was originally cast as Ferna, but withdrew. She was replaced by Marie McDonald. See more »

Goofs

During the drink switching scene between Lou Costello and the native guy Lou Costello tricks the native guy into thinking that he switched the glasses when in fact he didn't. The two take a drink and put their glasses down but in the very next shot, the glasses are back in their hands. See more »

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Wellington Pflug, aka Moola: [after being told he has to go into the temple on top of a volcano, from which no one has ever returned] I'll go up there into that temple. I'll face danger.
Algernon 'Algy' Shaw: I knew you would.
Wellington Pflug, aka Moola: I don't care if the boogeyman's in there.
Algernon 'Algy' Shaw: Thatta boy.
Wellington Pflug, aka Moola: There's only one thing I want you to do.
Algernon 'Algy' Shaw: What's that?
Wellington Pflug, aka Moola: Talk me out of it.
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Edited into Song of the Sarong (1945) See more »

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Java Jive
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Written by Milton Drake and Ben Oakland
Played and sung by The Ink Spots at the Seaside Yacht Club
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Oh Give Me a Home, Where the Frangipani Bloom
2 November 2005 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Until the VHS of Pardon My Sarong was released I had never seen the complete film. When I was a lad and WPIX television in New York City used to show Abbott and Costello films every Sunday morning, the film always began with Costello crashing that bus into the harbor. I used to wonder why as prominent an actor like William Demarest had such a brief part.

So when I was a kid I missed the Ink Spots do a number and I missed cop Bill Demarest get bamboozled by A&C. Both Abbott and Costello disguise themselves as a magician and make Demarest the fall guy for some gags. This might be the only time Abbott was ever a comic in any of their films and he was good.

I guess the Chicago Transit company didn't want to put two buses in jeopardy which was why both boys were on the same bus. Millionaire Yachtsman Robert Paige has some how talked these two into leaving their Michigan Avenue route and driving him and a bevy of beauties to Los Angeles for the start of a boat race.

Of course having lost their jobs as bus drivers with this harebrained move the boys sign on with Paige as a yacht crew along with Virginia Bruce who is the sister of one of Paige's rivals and they get blown off course and wind up on an island Dorothy Lamour would be found on if the film had been made at Paramount.

Don't ask me how, but the natives make Costello some kind of Deity and he gets to be the big man on campus there. Of course we also have resident villain Lionel Atwill looking to loot some treasure.

Like Douglass Dumbrille in a few Abbott and Costello films, Atwill looked like he was having a great old time burlesquing his own sinister image, especially in the chase sequence at the end.

One of the best from Abbott and Costello's early Universal days.


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