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One Night in the Tropics (1940)

Approved | | Comedy, Music | 15 November 1940 (USA)
Jim "Lucky" Moore (Allan Jones), an insurance salesman, comes up with a novel policy for his friend, Steve (Robert Cummings): a 'love insurance policy', that will pay out $1-million if ... See full summary »

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Complete credited cast:
... Jim Moore
... Cynthia Merrick
... Steve Harper
... Abbott
... Costello
... Aunt Kitty Marblehead
... Roscoe
... Mickey Fitzgerald
... Senor Escobar
... Rudolfo
Nina Orla ... Nina
... James G. Moore
The Theodores ... San Marcos Dance Team
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Jim "Lucky" Moore (Allan Jones), an insurance salesman, comes up with a novel policy for his friend, Steve (Robert Cummings): a 'love insurance policy', that will pay out $1-million if Steve does not marry his fiancée, Cynthia (Nancy Kelly). The upcoming marriage is jeopardized by Steve's ex-girlfriend, Mickey (Peggy Moran), and Cynthia's disapproving Aunt Kitty. The policy is underwritten by a nightclub owner, Roscoe (William Frawley), who sends two enforcers - Abbott and Costello - to ensure that the wedding occurs as planned. Everyone involved in the situation winds up sailing or flying to San Marcos (a fictional South American country), where another complication arises, when Lucky falls for Cynthia. Lucky winds up marrying Cynthia, but Roscoe does not have to pay the $1-million because Steve ends up marrying Mickey. Written by Wikipedia

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6 Top Song Hits by Jerome Kern. (Film Classics 1950 reissue lobby card). See more »

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Comedy | Music

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15 November 1940 (USA)  »

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Caribbean Holiday  »

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Bud Abbott and Lou Costello were big radio stars when they made this, their debut film. Their voices are heard before they appear on screen. See more »

Quotes

Mickey Fitzgerald: You won't be married on Saturday, because I love you and I am going to keep on loving you until I don't love you any longer. If you marry anybody, it will be me. Because if you don't marry me, you will have too many broken legs to marry anybody else.
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Bridal Chorus (Here Comes the Bride)
(uncredited)
from "Lohengrin"
Music by Richard Wagner
Played during the wedding
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Debut Abbott and Costello Leaves You Craving More!
14 July 2005 | by See all my reviews

Let me explain. This is the first film in which (what I consider to be) the greatest comedy team of all time appear. They are not the leads, but steal the show with every scene that they're in. The plot of the movie is interesting enough to hold one's attention. An insurance salesman sells his friend "Love Insurance" which insures his marriage to his fiancée. When Lucky (the salesman) falls in love with Steve's (his friend) fiancée, things get complicated. Throw in Steve's second love interest, a crooked nightclub owner and his two thugs (Bud and Lou), and a larger than life Aunt and you have yourself a twisted (but funny!) little feature. Each time Bud and Lou show up they give off a radiance and freshness that is truly a joy to watch. The gags include two tens for a five, mustard, Jonah and the Whale, an abbreviated "Who's on First?", and Lou's cut in pay. The last bit I mentioned is extremely funny and I'm not sure if it appears in any of their other films so watch for it! The rest of the cast is pretty decent and the music doesn't really help or hurt the film. It's a great way to introduce someone to the team. Recommended for A&C fans, fans of classic comedy and films, or simply someone who wants to smile a little! Just warning you though, this film will leave you craving more Bud and Lou, so have another of their films at hand. Enjoy!!


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