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The Naughty Nineties (1945)

 -  Comedy | Crime | Romance  -  6 July 1945 (USA)
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When their captain is swindled out of his riverboat by a trio of gamblers, stage show star Abbott and his bumbling sidekick Costello must put things right.

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In the gay '90s, cardsharps take over a Mississippi riverboat from a kindly captain. Their first act is to change the showboat into a floating gambling house. A ham actor and his bumbling sidekick try to devise a way to help the captain regain ownership of the vessel. Written by Daniel Bubbeo

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A Show Boat Load of Laughter!

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6 July 1945 (USA)  »

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Abbott & Costello - Amigo da Onça  »

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(Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

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The "Who's on First" sequence was added after the rest of the film was shot and edited. Universal executives thought the film didn't have enough laughs, so they wrote in "Who's on First," which Abbott and Costello had been performing for years on stage and radio as well as a much shorter version in their first film, "One Night in the Tropics." See more »

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Sebastian asks Dexter to be introduced to members of the city's baseball team "when we get to St. Louis." At this point the River Queen had already arrived in St. Louis. See more »

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Sebastian Dinwiddle: Well, go ahead and tell me!
Dexter Broadhurst: Who.
Sebastian Dinwiddle: The guy on first.
Dexter Broadhurst: Who.
Sebastian Dinwiddle: The first baseman.
Dexter Broadhurst: Who is on first.
Sebastian Dinwiddle: Have you got a first baseman on first?
Dexter Broadhurst: Certainly.
Sebastian Dinwiddle: Then who's playing first?
Dexter Broadhurst: Absolutely.
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In many of Abbott and Costello's films, their faces are visible through the "O"'s in their names. In this one, only Costello's face is seen at first; then he silently calls, "Hey, Abb-bott!," and Abbott's face appears. See more »


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I'd Leave My Happy Home for You
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Written by Will A. Heelan and Harry von Tilzer
Sung by an unidentified female at the Gilded Cage
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"Naughty" but nice!!
1 February 2001 | by (US) – See all my reviews

Abbott and Costello are at their comedic best in their underrated gem, "The Naughty Nineties." It's interesting to note that this could be considered their first film where their characters aren't a team. Abbott plays a ham actor on a show boat, with Costello as a drummer and handyman. It's rumored that A&C began to have a falling out at the time this film was made in early 1945, which may (or may not) have led to playing separate characters. ("Little Giant" and "The Time of Their Lives" are two more examples.)

The film is best known for the classic "Who's on First" routine. While the boys have the routine down pat and perform it almost flawlessly (except when Costello almost forgets the name of Abbott's character), it falls a little flat without audience reaction. Evidently, the director instructed the audience in the show boat not to laugh, which robs A&C of natural audience reactions. The funniest bit in the film is the part where Costello attempts to sing "My Bonnie"; thinking he is being coached by Abbott, he raises and lowers his voice with comedic hilarity -- one of the funniest segments in the entire A&C series of films.

Ably supported by a decent cast, "The Naughty Nineties" comes in at a snappy 76 minutes of fun and laughter. One of their best from their mid-40s period. 8 out of 10.


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