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In Society (1944)

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Two bumbling plumbers are hired by a socialite to fix a leak. A case of mistaken identity gets the pair an invitation to a fancy party and an entree into high society. As expected, things ... See full summary »

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Marion Hutton ...
Kirby Grant ...
Peter Evans
Margaret Irving ...
Mrs. Roger Winthrop
Ann Gillis ...
Gloria Winthrop
Arthur Treacher ...
Pipps, Butler
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Drexel
George Dolenz ...
Baron Sergel
Steven Geray ...
Count Alexis
Murray Leonard ...
Otto Marlow
Thurston Hall ...
Mr. Henry Van Cleve
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Mrs. Van Cleve
William B. Davidson ...
Parker - the Van Cleves' Butler
Margie Fontane ...
Orchestra Singer
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Storyline

Two bumbling plumbers are hired by a socialite to fix a leak. A case of mistaken identity gets the pair an invitation to a fancy party and an entree into high society. As expected, things don't go too smoothly. Written by Daniel Bubbeo <dbubbeo@cmp.com>

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Comedy | Musical

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Release Date:

18 August 1944 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Abbott and Costello in Society  »

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$660,000 (estimated)
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(Western Electric Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This was the first Bud Abbott and Lou Costello feature to go into production in more than a year, following Costello's recovery from rheumatic fever. See more »

Goofs

During the climatic chase, the ladder of the fire truck hooks a car and lifts it into the air. A shadow on the front of a building reveals the rigging and crane that actually did the lifting. See more »

Quotes

Albert Mansfield: Lady, he ain't dead, he's hiding!
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Crazy Credits

In the opening billing of "Bud Abbott" and "Lou Costello" the "o" in Abbott and one of the "o"'s in "Costello" are unusually large and used to "frame" photos of them. See more »

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What a Change in the Weather
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Sung by Kirby Grant
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In Society (1944) **1/2
19 July 2005 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

Abbott and Costello are plumbers who accidentally get themselves invited to a High Society social event. Like so many of their films, this one's got a good amount of funny bits to enjoy, but they also come at the price of enduring some musical interruptions (at least Marion Hutton sings "No Bout Adoubt It" better than she can deliver dialogue). But ignoring those, some of the best gags in this movie include: Bud and Lou trashing a ritzy bathroom with their plumbing incompetence; a hilarious sequence where a policeman beats Costello up for blowing a car's horn late at night while Abbott doesn't lift a finger to help (they often revamped this routine in other films as well as their TV show, but it was never better done than it is here); Costello jumps in a pool to save a man's life and gets berated for it; and the classic highlight of the picture -- the "Bagel Street" bit where Lou attempts to get directions to the Susquehannah Hat Company from all sorts of nutty people he meets on the street. **1/2 out of ****


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