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The Naughty Nineties (1945)

Approved | | Comedy, Crime, Romance | 6 July 1945 (USA)
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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(Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

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Trivia

Lou Costello recycles the "Lifesavers Candy" routine Groucho Marx used in The Marx Brothers' hit Horse Feathers (1932). See more »

Goofs

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 »

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.
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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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Referenced in Law & Order: Tragedy on Rye (2002) See more »

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Strike Up the Band, Here Comes a Sailor
(1900) (uncredited)
Music by Chas. B. Ward
Played by the showboat band marching through Ironville
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Throw Me A Life Saver
24 November 2008 | by 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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