MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 2,061 this week

The Naughty Nineties (1945)

Approved  |   |  Comedy, Crime, Romance  |  6 July 1945 (USA)
7.5
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.5/10 from 1,329 users  
Reviews: 21 user | 6 critic

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.

Director:

Writers:

(original screenplay), (original screenplay), 4 more credits »
0Check in
0Share...

On Disc

at Amazon

IMDb Picks: April

Visit our IMDb Picks section to see our recommendations of movies and TV shows coming out in April.

Related News

AFI's 100 Years ... 100 Movie Quotes
| Extra
AFI's 100 Years ... 100 Movie Quotes
| Extra

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 37 titles
created 16 Feb 2013
 
a list of 32 titles
created 28 Sep 2013
 
a list of 25 titles
created 11 months ago
 
a list of 28 titles
created 10 months ago
 
a list of 34 titles
created 4 months ago
 

Related Items

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: The Naughty Nineties (1945)

The Naughty Nineties (1945) on IMDb 7.5/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of The Naughty Nineties.

User Polls

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Who Done It? (1942)
Comedy | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

Two dumb soda jerks dream of writing radio mysteries. When they try to pitch an idea at a radio station, they end up in the middle of a real murder when the station owner is killed during a broadcast.

Director: Erle C. Kenton
Stars: Bud Abbott, Lou Costello, Patric Knowles
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Harry and Willie buy the Edison Movie Studio in the year 1912 from Joseph Gorman, a confidence man. They follow Gorman to Hollywood where, as stunt men, they find him directing movies as Sergei Trumanoff and stealing the studio payroll.

Director: Charles Lamont
Stars: Bud Abbott, Lou Costello, Fred Clark
Hit the Ice (1943)
Certificate: Passed Comedy | Crime | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Two newspaper photographers get mixed up with gangsters at a ski resort.

Directors: Charles Lamont, Erle C. Kenton
Stars: Bud Abbott, Lou Costello, Ginny Simms
Certificate: Passed Comedy | Music | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

When a barnstorming stunt pilot decides to join the air corps, his two goofball assistants decide to go with him. Since the two are Abbott & Costello, the air corps doesn't know what it's in for.

Directors: Arthur Lubin, Ralph Ceder
Stars: Bud Abbott, Lou Costello, Martha Raye
Little Giant (1946)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Lou Costello plays a country bumpkin vacuum-cleaner salesman, working for the company run by the crooked Bud Abbott. To try to keep him under his thumb, Abbott convinces Costello that he's ... See full summary »

Director: William A. Seiter
Stars: Bud Abbott, Lou Costello, Brenda Joyce
In Society (1944)
Comedy | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

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 »

Directors: Jean Yarbrough, Erle C. Kenton
Stars: Bud Abbott, Lou Costello, Marion Hutton
Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Jonesy and Lou are in Algeria looking for a wrestler they are promoting. Sergeant Axmann tricks them into joining the Foreign Legion, after which they discover Axmann's collaboration with ... See full summary »

Director: Charles Lamont
Stars: Bud Abbott, Lou Costello, Patricia Medina
Comedy | Musical | Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

A pair of bus drivers accidentally steal their own bus. With the company issuing a warrant for their arrest, they tag along with a playboy on a boat trip that finds them on a tropical island, where a jewel thief has sinister plans for them.

Director: Erle C. Kenton
Stars: Bud Abbott, Lou Costello, Virginia Bruce
Comedy | Western | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Two peanut vendors at a rodeo show get in trouble with their boss and hide out on a railroad train heading west. They get jobs as cowboys on a dude ranch, despite the fact that neither of ... See full summary »

Director: Arthur Lubin
Stars: Bud Abbott, Lou Costello, Dick Foran
In the Navy (1941)
Certificate: Passed Comedy | Musical | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Russ Raymond, America's number one crooner, disappears and joins the Navy under the name Tommy Halstead. Dorothy Roberts, a magazine journalist, is intent on finding out what happened to ... See full summary »

Director: Arthur Lubin
Stars: Bud Abbott, Lou Costello, Dick Powell
Comedy | Fantasy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

Two ghosts who were mistakenly branded as traitors during the Revolutionary War return to 20th century New England to retieve a letter from George Washington which would prove their ... See full summary »

Director: Charles Barton
Stars: Bud Abbott, Lou Costello, Marjorie Reynolds
Comedy | Music | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Lou and Bud become caretakers at an all girls college. During their misadventures the duo raise money to free the school from its traditionally minded landlord.

Director: Jean Yarbrough
Stars: Bud Abbott, Lou Costello, Peggy Ryan
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
...
...
Alan Curtis ...
Mr. Crawford
Rita Johnson ...
Bonita Farrow
...
Capt. Sam Jackson
Lois Collier ...
Miss Caroline Jackson
Joe Sawyer ...
Bailey
Joe Kirk ...
Croupier
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Rainbow Four ...
Themselves
Edit

Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

A Show Boat Load of Laughter!

Genres:

Comedy | Crime | Romance

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

6 July 1945 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Abbott & Costello - Amigo da Onça  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Lou Costello recycles the "Lifesavers Candy" routine Groucho Marx used in the Marx Brothers' hit Horse Feathers (1932). 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: You gotta catcher?
Dexter Broadhurst: Yes.
Sebastian Dinwiddle: The catcher's name?
Dexter Broadhurst: Today.
Sebastian Dinwiddle: Today. And Tomorrow's pitching.
Dexter Broadhurst: Now you've got it.
Sebastian Dinwiddle: That's all, St. Louis got a couple of days on their team. That's all.
Dexter Broadhurst: Well, I can't help that. All right. What do you want me to do?
Sebastian Dinwiddle: Gotta catcher?
Dexter Broadhurst: Yes.
[...]
See more »

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 »

Connections

Referenced in Modern Family: Me? Jealous? (2012) See more »

Soundtracks

Strike Up the Band, Here Comes a Sailor
(1900) (uncredited)
Music by Chas. B. Ward
Played by the showboat band marching through Ironville
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
"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.


6 of 6 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
One of their best back_blast
Does anyone know . . . cantwin
PICKY, PICKY, PICKY, leroykevin
Funny Routines dmnemaine
a different version of Who's on First epdi
Discuss The Naughty Nineties (1945) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?