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6 July 1945 (USA) See more »
A Show Boat Load of Laughter!
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Bud Abbott ... Dexter Broadhurst

Lou Costello ... Sebastian Dinwiddle

Alan Curtis ... Mr. Crawford
Rita Johnson ... Bonita Farrow

Henry Travers ... Capt. Sam Jackson
Lois Collier ... Miss Caroline Jackson
Joe Sawyer ... Bailey
Joe Kirk ... Croupier
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
William Alcorn ... Specialty Dancer (uncredited)
Audley Anderson ... Card Player (uncredited)
Jack Barbee ... Rainbow Four Member (uncredited)
Suzanne Lee Bastian ... Baby (uncredited)
Edward Biby ... Townsman (uncredited)
Gladys Blake ... Girl in Garter Gag (uncredited)
Milt Bronson ... Gambler (uncredited)
Douglas Carter ... Croupier (uncredited)
Jack Chefe ... Gilded Cage Waiter (uncredited)
Jack Coffey ... Specialty Dancer (uncredited)
Bing Conley ... Croupier (uncredited)
Tony Dell ... Croupier (uncredited)
William Desmond ... (uncredited)
Dolores Evers ... Girl in High-Wire Act (uncredited)
Tom Fadden ... Wounded Gambler (uncredited)
Sid Fields ... (uncredited)
Rainbow Four ... Singers (uncredited)
Jack Frack ... Croupier (uncredited)
Jack Frost ... Rainbow Four Member (uncredited)
Edward Gargan ... Baxter - Saloon Bartender (uncredited)
Parker Garvie ... Croupier (uncredited)
Rita Gould ... Girl in Water Gag (uncredited)
William E. Green ... Minstrel (uncredited)

John Hamilton ... Sheriff of Ironville (uncredited)
Carol Hughes ... Tessie (uncredited)
John Indrisano ... Croupier (uncredited)
Warren Jackson ... Card Player (uncredited)
Ralph Johns ... Croupier (uncredited)

Ben Johnson ... Coach Driver (uncredited)
Dick Johnstone ... Townsman (uncredited)
Shirley Karnes ... Hatcheck Girl (uncredited)
Donald Kerr ... Croupier (uncredited)
Paul Kruger ... Riverboat Gambler (uncredited)
William W. Larsen ... Magician (uncredited)
Perc Launders ... Card Player (uncredited)
Ann Lawrence ... Girl in Garter Gag (uncredited)
Rex Lease ... Sheriff Wright (uncredited)
Ruth Lee ... (uncredited)
Max Linder ... Riverboat Gambler (uncredited)
Arthur Loft ... Billy Boy (uncredited)
Chick Madden ... Rainbow Four Member) (uncredited)
Sam McDaniel ... Matt - Cook-Waiter (uncredited)
Charles McNally ... Waiter (uncredited)
Jack Norton ... Drunk at the Gilded Cage (uncredited)
William H. O'Brien ... Troupe Member (uncredited)
Bud O'Connor ... Croupier (uncredited)
Artie Ortego ... Townsman (uncredited)
Jack Overman ... Gambling Room Guard (uncredited)

Barbara Pepper ... Gilded Cage Hostess (uncredited)
Charles Phillips ... Croupier (uncredited)
Torchy Rand ... Singing Specialty (uncredited)
Jack Rice ... Waiter (uncredited)
Cyril Ring ... Man in Water Gag (uncredited)
Sue Robin ... Topsy (uncredited)
Henry Russell ... Croupier (uncredited)
Sarah Selby ... Mrs. Hawkins (uncredited)
Arthur 'Fiddlin' Smith ... Fiddle Player (uncredited)
Ronald Stanton ... Specialty Dancer (uncredited)
Irene Thomas ... Specialty Dancer (uncredited)
Emmett Vogan ... Henry - Ironville Citizen (uncredited)
Bud Wolfe ... Croupier (uncredited)
Jack Worth ... Croupier (uncredited)
Lillian Yarbo ... Effie - Bonita's Cook (uncredited)

Directed by
Jean Yarbrough 
Writing credits
Edmund L. Hartmann (original screenplay) &
John Grant (original screenplay) &
Edmund Joseph (original screenplay) &
Hal Fimberg (original screenplay)

Felix Adler (additional comedy sequences)

Clyde Bruckman  uncredited

Produced by
John Grant .... producer
Edmund L. Hartmann .... producer
Milton Feld .... executive producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Paul Dessau (uncredited)
Edgar Fairchild (uncredited)
Cinematography by
George Robinson (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Arthur Hilton (film editor)
Art Direction by
John B. Goodman (art direction)
Harold H. MacArthur (art direction)
Set Decoration by
Russell A. Gausman (set decorations)
Leigh Smith (set decorations)
Costume Design by
Vera West (gowns)
Makeup Department
Jack P. Pierce .... makeup director
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Howard Christie .... assistant director
Sound Department
Bernard B. Brown .... director of sound
Robert Pritchard .... technician
Ronald Pierce .... sound effects mixer (uncredited)
Ronald Pierce .... sound re-recordist (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Carl Lee .... special effects (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Edward Colman .... second camera operator (uncredited)
Music Department
Jack Boyle .... stager: musical numbers (as John Boyle)
Edgar Fairchild .... musical director
Lloyd Akridge .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
James Mayfield .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Paul Neal .... music mixer (uncredited)
Other crew
Nan Grant .... research director (uncredited)
Nan Grant .... researcher (uncredited)
Jean Kenney .... researcher (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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76 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Did You Know?

The riverboat was later renamed the "Cotton Blossom" and used in the MGM film Show Boat (1951). It was sold off in 1973 when MGM disposed of many of its properties. It was later an amusement park attraction. Sadly, in 1995, it was dismantled and scrapped.See more »
Anachronisms: When the band plays and Sebastian goes down the wrong street with the drum, there's a 1940s car in the background.See more »
Dexter Broadhurst:Naturally.
Sebastian Dinwiddle:Who has it?
Dexter Broadhurst:Naturally.
Sebastian Dinwiddle:Naturally.
Dexter Broadhurst:Naturally.
Sebastian Dinwiddle:Okay.
Dexter Broadhurst:Now you've got it.
Sebastian Dinwiddle:I pick up the ball and I throw it to Naturally.
Dexter Broadhurst:No, you don't, you throw the ball to first base.
Sebastian Dinwiddle:Then who gets it?
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Movie Connections:
Spoofs Uncle Tom's Cabin (1927)See more »
My Bonnie Lies Over the OceanSee more »


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8 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
The Naughty Nineties (1945) ***1/2, 19 July 2005
Author: JoeKarlosi from U.S.A.

This is the film to see if you're fairly new to Abbott and Costello, or if you just want to see a whole bunch of their best routines strung together for merry fun and entertainment! It's an easy 76 minute ride on a cheerful riverboat as Bud plays a ham actor and Lou is his zany assistant. The boat's captain is none other than dear old Henry Travers, best known from IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE. When the kind-hearted Captain Jack gets swindled by a trio of crooked card sharks, they gain three quarters' possession of his ship and try to turn it into a rigged gambling operation. It's then up to Abbott and Costello to help Jack get it back.

It's nice to see A&C in a costume "period picture", and the setting on the traveling riverboat is perfect. Lois Collier makes a beautiful vixen, and Joe Sawyer (who starred with the comedy team in other films) makes the quintessential mean guy who keeps getting foiled by the boys. There are a few little songs, but this time they fit nicely into the air of the proceedings and are never overlong.

But best of all, THE NAUGHTY NINETIES packs more funny routines into its short running time than you can count: Lou tangles with a real bear thinking it's only Bud in costume; Costello mimics Joe Sawyer as a mirror while Sawyer tries to shave; Lou becomes a punching bag during Sawyer's violent nightmare; Costello keeps throwing back every fish he catches to snag an even bigger fish; and on and on they go. But two of the very best gags of all are incorporated into this film -- the first is a classic bit of business where Costello misinterprets stage directions from Abbott, as he tries to sing "My Bonnie Lies Over the Ocean", and the grand highlight is the famous "Who's On First" routine - complete and perfectly rendered in this outing. It was reportedly done in two takes because the crew could not keep from laughing. Listen closely and you can hear them trying not to break up. ***1/2 out of ****

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