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In Society (1944)

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

Cast overview, first billed only:
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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

Bud Abbott and Lou Costello were engaged in an acrimonious contract dispute with Universal Pictures during the making of this film. As a result, they refused to do re-shoots and every day, at exactly 4:00 p.m., whether they were in the middle of a scene or in the middle of a line, they would cease working and go home. See more »

Goofs

When Lou Costello appears on horseback for the fox hunt, a rope can be seen "tethering" the horse. A voice is also clearly heard saying, "Keep a hold on him, Lou." 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 »

Connections

Edited into Knights of the Bath (1951) See more »

Soundtracks

What a Change in the Weather
Written by Kim Gannon & Walter Kent
Sung by Kirby Grant
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Visual set-pieces are performed with a great vivacity.
20 November 2000 | by (Warrington, England) – See all my reviews

Made towards the end of their first contracted stint with Universal Studios, "In Society" is possibly the last eminently watchable Abbott and Costello feature until they initiated their horror spoofs with "Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein", the picture which has probably survived the sands of time better than any of their others. In "In Society", the emphasis is very much on the physical and visual side of the pair's vaudevillian humour and there is little in the way of the verbal routines or snappy one-liners which are dotted around many of their other movies. But the visual set-pieces are performed with a great vivacity and enthusiasm for which Costello's apprenticeship as a stuntman in some pictures of the late twenties had prepared him well, and it is refreshing to find an unexpected but heart-warming tribute to W.C. Fields, including shots taken directly from the master's 1941 "Never Give a Sucker an Even Break".


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