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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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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

The movie is set in the 1890s, but Life Savers candy (which is used as a joke in the movie) was first created in 1912 by Clarence Crane, a Cleveland chocolatier and father of the famed poet Hart Crane, who was looking for a new "summer candy" to supplement his chocolate business. See more »

Quotes

Dexter Broadhurst: Well, don't change the players around.
Sebastian Dinwiddle: I'm not changing nobody.
Dexter Broadhurst: Now, take it easy.
Sebastian Dinwiddle: What's the guy's name on first base?
Dexter Broadhurst: What's the guy'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.
Dexter Broadhurst: He's on third. We're not talking about him.
Sebastian Dinwiddle: How did I get on third base?
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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 »

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Featured in The Universal Story (1995) See more »

Soundtracks

I Can't Get You Out of My Mind
(1945) (uncredited)
Music by Edgar Fairchild
Lyrics by Jack Brooks
Sung by Lois Collier (dubbed) on the showboat
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"I think I'm getting a mickey."
6 July 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Setting the stage for this 1945 comedy, Dexter Broadhurst (Bud) and Sebastian Dimwiddie (Lou) team up to save the "River Queen" from a trio of card sharks, who have gained a three quarter interest from Captain Sam Jackson (Henry Travers) in a rigged card game. The Captain's daughter Carolyn (Lois Collier) never gives up hope, and plays on the sympathies of villain Crawford (Alan Curtis) as the boys whiz through a host of their comedic sketches. They include "My Bonnie Lies Over the Ocean", feathers in the cake, the catfish dinner, the fishing routine, and Lou's shaving routine opposite baddie Joe Sawyer. But they all take a back seat to the famous "Who's on First?" routine, which remains one of my all time favorite bits. The comedic timing is flawless, though in this case, the audience reaction is non existent at the request of the film's director - probably a bad decision as one's reaction is that these guys should play off the audience as much as each other.

The movie's finale revs up to a high energy frenzy after the gamblers are dealt a losing hand with a cold deck by a remorseful Crawford in a one hand, winner take all bluff.

Henry Travers is probably best remembered for his role as the angel Clarence, earning his wings in the memorable "It's a Wonderful Life". Though taken advantage of, he maintains his integrity through thick and thin. But with Abbott and Costello on board, you know that the bad guys don't stand a chance. And with all the mayhem, it's easy to forget that the film also stands up as a musical, with an assortment of tunes to lend counterpoint to the sketches along the way.


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