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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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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
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Singers (as The Three Sisters)
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Count Sergei
Geri Rosse ...
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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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Comedy | Musical

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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

Introduced here by Marion Hutton, the song "My Dreams are Getting Better All the Time" became one of the top hits of 1944 when recorded by Doris Day with Les Brown and His Band of Renown. See more »

Goofs

Costello's position hanging from the ladder changes from closeup shots to action shots on the highway. See more »

Quotes

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

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Referenced in The Ref (1994) See more »

Soundtracks

What a Change in the Weather
Written by Kim Gannon & Walter Kent
Sung by Kirby Grant
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Beagle Street??????????
11 May 2007 | by (Derby, UK) – See all my reviews

Another nice little film from Bud & Lou, even if rushed and bodged together with Never Give A Sucker An Even Break at the end it's still a pleasant 70 minutes.

Two inept plumbers keeping their heads above water by working for both the expensive Ajax and cheap Atlas plumbing companies get called to repair a leak in swanky society house with disastrous results but afterwards find themselves invited to a Society garden party (in error), again with disastrous results. Baddie Thomas Gomez and his evil-doings were a side issue here, the comedy routines and the lilting songs were the thing. Marion Hutton supplied the songs, especially lustrous being What A Change In The Weather, done as only Universal ever knew how - and also the rather wooden romance. How different she was to her sister Betty! Languid and still mining the Hellzapoppin vein with popular music mixed with comedy and people disporting themselves in swimsuits, it meanders on to its startling plot course change after an hour and almost turns into a different film. Favourite bits: The boys' exit from Thurston Hall's bathroom; Don't blow the horn!; And of course the all-time classic burlesque sketch of Beagle Street (changed from Floogle Street)/The Susquehannah Hat Co!, adapted for this film by John Grant at Lou's behest. Lou also directed the routine in 1 take using friends as extras and 3 cameras.

Unassuming and inconsequential with no message and absolutely nothing for the serious fan of modern "comedy" – in other words, imho a marvellous film I watch every few years with no diminution of enjoyment.


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