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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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Comedy | Crime | Romance

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6 July 1945 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Abbott & Costello - Amigo da Onça  »

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(Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

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Trivia

Although Abbott & Costello did not create "Who's On First," they copyrighted it as the "Abbott and Costello Baseball Routine" in 1944. "Who's On First" is generally believed to have been written by John Grant, who created many of Abbott and Costello's famous word-play dialogues, though a similar routine involving towns named "What" and "Which" appears in the 1931 Wheeler and Woolsey film "Cracked Nuts." See more »

Goofs

The movie is set in the 1890s, but several of the "period" songs played were written in the 1900s. See more »

Quotes

Sebastian Dinwiddle: What is the fellow's name on third base?
Dexter Broadhurst: What is the fellow's name on second base.
Sebastian Dinwiddle: I'm not askin' ya who's on second.
Dexter Broadhurst: Who's on first.
Sebastian Dinwiddle: I don't know.
Sebastian DinwiddleDexter Broadhurst: Third base!
Sebastian Dinwiddle: You got a outfield?
Dexter Broadhurst: Oh, sure.
Sebastian Dinwiddle: St. Louis has got a good outfield?
Dexter Broadhurst: Oh, absolutely.
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Crazy Credits

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 »


Soundtracks

On a Sunday Afternoon
(1902) (uncredited)
Music by Harry von Tilzer
Lyrics by Andrew B. Sterling
Played by the showboat band and sung at the dock by Lois Collier (dubbed)
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Abbott and Costello on the Showboat
3 February 2006 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

It's not surprising that Abbott and Costello eventually got to do a movie on a showboat. Remember it was only 8 years earlier that Universal Studios did their classic version of Showboat and I'm sure that Carl Laemmle, Jr. wanted to take advantage of the set that was still there.

The Naughty Nineties in fact take whole characters from the Showboat plot. Henry Travers's character of Captain Sam is a total ripoff of Captain Andy and Alan Curtis and Lois Collier make a passable nonsinging Gaylord Ravenal and Magnolia Hawkes. Collier sings, but there are no classic duets like in Showboat. And Curtis's character is a riverboat gambler like Ravenal.

That being said the plot such as it is involves Rita Johnson and her two associates, Curtis and Joe Sawyer, gaining possession of Henry Travers's showboat with which they then set up some crooked gambling to make a quick profitable kill.

Abbott and Costello are part of the Showboat crew. Abbott is an actor in the Victorian tradition and Costello is as usual a lovable all around klutz that Travers must be keeping around for laughs.

If it's laughs Travers wants, he's made a sound investment because the boys do provide the public with plenty of that. The Naughty Nineties is famous as the film they did their classic Who's on First baseball routine. It had been done previously in their debut film, One Night in the Tropics, but in an abbreviated form.

Actually there is one routine involving poor Lou as he thinks he's eating a cat, I mean the feline type cat.

Joe Sawyer joins a list of otherwise serious actors like Douglass Dumbrille, Lionel Atwill, and Lon Chaney, Jr., who got in on the comedy with the boys. Sawyer does his own version of the famous Niagara Falls routine involving him sleepwalking and he looks like he's having a ball doing it. Sawyer makes a perfect foil for Bud and Lou's monkeyshines.

And I think the audience will enjoy it as much as Joe Sawyer.


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