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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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The only baseball defensive position NOT mentioned in the "Who's On First" routine: Right Field. See more »

Goofs

Crew members can be heard laughing during the "Who's On First?" routine (who could blame them?) See more »

Quotes

Dexter Broadhurst: Strange as it may seem, they give ball players nowadays very peculiar names.
Sebastian Dinwiddle: Funny names?
Dexter Broadhurst: Nicknames. Nicknames.
Sebastian Dinwiddle: Not - not as funny as my name - Sebastian Dinwiddie.
Dexter Broadhurst: Oh, yes, yes, yes!
Sebastian Dinwiddle: Funnier than that?
Dexter Broadhurst: Oh, absolutely. Yes. Now, on the St. Louis team we have Who's on first, What's on second, I Don't Know's on third...
Sebastian Dinwiddle: That's what I want to find out. I want you to tell me the names of the fellows on the St. Louis team.
Dexter Broadhurst: I'm telling you. Who's on first, What's on second, I Don't Know's on third...
Sebastian Dinwiddle:
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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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Featured in The World of Abbott and Costello (1965) See more »

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Take Me Out to the Ball Game
(1908) (uncredited)
Music by Albert von Tilzer
Lyrics by Jack Norworth
Sung a cappella by Bud Abbott prior to the "Who's on First?" routine
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Throw Me A Life Saver
24 November 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is a very pleasant Abbott & Costello outing. It is a period piece that puts a lot of the boys routines into it and some extra stuff as well. You just need to put your brain away and sit back & enjoy it.

The riverboat theme used here is appropriate as the naive Costello's comedy bounces well off the bad guys schemes. There are some great throw away lines in the film in addition to the Whose On First routine which today they are most remembered for.

Their supporting cast here is fairly good. The production qualities are good and the music works into the film better than some of their films where the music stops the action. Costello borrows the Marx Brothers Horse Feathers routine about throwing a drowning man a life saver. While even Costello can't perform a the frantic pace the brothers did, he is quite energetic and funny here.


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