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In Society (1944)

Approved | | Comedy, Musical | 18 August 1944 (USA)
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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Cast

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Marion Hutton ...
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Peter
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Mrs. Winthrop
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Gloria (as Anne Gillis)
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Pipps
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Drexel
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Baron Alexis
The Fontane Sisters ...
Singers (as The Three Sisters)
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Count Sergei
Geri Rosse ...
Orchestra Singer (as Geri)
Will Osborne ...
Will Osborne (as Will Osborne and His Orchestra)
Margie Rosse ...
Orchestra Singer (as Margie Fontane)
Murray Leonard ...
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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 don't go too smoothly. Written by Daniel Bubbeo <dbubbeo@cmp.com>

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18 August 1944 (USA)  »

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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

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Albert Mansfield: Lady, he ain't dead, he's hiding!
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My Dreams Are Getting Better All The Time
Music by Vic Mizzy
Lyrics by Mann Curtis
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Society Mugs....
20 March 2016 | by See all my reviews

This film definitely rates as one of Bud and Lou's best and the laughs kick off almost immediately as we see what I have to call a takeoff on "turn on the radio." This time around, it's "blow the horn" and an irate cop getting entangled with Lou.

Abbott and Costello do plumbing as well--if not better--than the Three Stooges. The biggest laughs though may come from the classic Susquehana Hat Company gag--a routine I became familiar with from watching their old TV show, but I have to say, it was probably funnier here.

Lou getting his bath drawn was another highlight. Of course, there are some of the drawbacks one would usually expect to see in an A & C feature--the staged singing numbers; although they don't grate on me as they do in some of their other features.

Overall--if you like Bud and Lou--"In Society" is a must see.

9 stars


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