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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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Cast

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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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Budget:

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

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Universal was so anxious to get a new Bud Abbott and Lou Costello film into theaters that they sped up the production by bringing in a second director, Erle C. Kenton (who directed at least two production numbers, uncredited) and created the climatic chase sequence using footage from Never Give a Sucker an Even Break (1941). The rushed production schedule made this the most expensive Abbott and Costello film up to that time. See more »

Goofs

When Costello is ostensibly pushing the taxi car horn, both his hands are visible when scuffling with the policeman. See more »

Quotes

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