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Director:
Writers:
Edmund L. Hartmann (original screenplay) &
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Release Date:
6 July 1945 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
A Show Boat Load of Laughter!
Plot:
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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Cast

  (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)
 
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76 min
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Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

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The laughter that can be heard faintly in the background during the "Who's on First" routine belongs to the film crew and director Jean Yarbrough. After numerous re-takes trying to eliminate it, Yarbrough just couldn't get the crew - or himself - to stop laughing during the routine, no matter how many times they heard it. So he just gave up and left the giggling in.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: As Bailey rushes through the door he has just stuck his head through, the door hits and disturbs the ceiling woodwork, revealing the flimsiness of the set.See more »
Quotes:
Dexter Broadhurst:Why.
Sebastian Dinwiddle:Because.
Dexter Broadhurst:Oh, he's center field. Will you pick up your hat, please.
Sebastian Dinwiddle:Center field.
Dexter Broadhurst:Pick up your hat. And stop this - Now look, please.
Sebastian Dinwiddle:Mr. Broadhurst.
Dexter Broadhurst:Yes?
Sebastian Dinwiddle:Wait a minute. You got a pitcher on the team?
Dexter Broadhurst:Wouldn't this be a fine team without a pitcher.
Sebastian Dinwiddle:I don't know. Tell me the pitcher's name.
[...]
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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
A Reliable Old Gut-Buster, 20 October 2010
Author: jzappa from Cincinnati, OH, United States

Abbott and Costello had either run out of routines by this point or they had such fondness for their already classic ones that they reckoned it was reasonable to rehash them. They even draw their trophy chestnut Who's On First, which by the time this movie came out was so completely ancient it's amazing they don't go red. Indeed, it's acknowledged film trivia that one can hear camera operators struggling to stifle their laughter during the scene. I think there was an audience back then that was far less disdained during the studio era, moviegoers who go to laugh, jump or cry not so much at surprises or fresh revelations but at fulfilled expectations, expectations so particular that they could literally be duplicated from what they'd seen many times before.

But regardless, each time I've put myself through this emergency outing, I've laughed hard and frequently. Above and beyond the arbitrary Who's on First? centerpiece, The Naughty Nineties features the too-funny schtick where Costello sings during an audition while Abbott is hollering instructions to the crew to adjust the backdrop curtain. Costello thinks the directions are for him and he follows them, by singing higher or lower, or on one foot. It all relies on Costello's inimitable gift for physical comedy. There's also the scene where one of the wicked gambler's accomplices slips poison into his wine. He catches on, distracts her and swaps their glasses. But she does the same to him, and then they get into bluffing the swap. There is also the sketch where Costello inadvertently bakes feathers into a cake and the pieces are fed to everyone in the tavern. When they all take a bite, they end up coughing up the feathers until the entire bar is overflowing with them. Then there's the old routine where Costello and the villain mirror each other's actions, which can also be seen in the Marx Bros. classic Duck Soup. The scene where Costello tussles with a real bear, thinking that he's wrestling Abbott in a bear suit. Bears were frequently deployed in Abbott and Costello routines.

Universal was so eager to keep them in the theaters that they didn't have any principles about what class of material they played. And the one in this case is an emphatic case of floating shipwrecked debris. There are wicked gamblers and a sweet old showboat captain. They are so much superfluous baggage. This is, as usual, just an Abbott & Costello romp, with the boys giving a routine imitation of themselves in their golden days.

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