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In Society (1944)

Approved | | Action, Comedy, Crime | 18 August 1944 (USA)
Two bumbling plumbers are hired by a socialite to fix a leak. A case of mistaken identity gets the pair an invitation to a fancy party and an entree into high society. As expected, things ... See full summary »


Jean Yarbrough, Erle C. Kenton (uncredited)


Hugh Wedlock Jr. (story), Howard Snyder (story) | 4 more credits »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Bud Abbott ... Eddie Harrington
Lou Costello ... Albert Mansfield
Marion Hutton Marion Hutton ... Elsie Hemmerdingle
Kirby Grant ... Peter Evans
Ann Gillis ... Gloria (as Anne Gillis)
Arthur Treacher ... Pipps
Thomas Gomez ... Brexel
George Dolenz ... Baron Alexis
Steven Geray ... Count Sergei
Murray Leonard Murray Leonard ... Marlow
Thurston Hall ... Mr. Van Cleve
Geri Rosse Geri Rosse ... Orchestra Singer (as Geri)
Nella Walker ... Mrs. Van Cleve
William B. Davidson ... Parker
Will Osborne ... Will Osborne (as Will Osborne and His Orchestra)


Two bumbling plumbers are hired by a socialite to fix a leak. A case of mistaken identity gets the pair an invitation to a fancy party and an entree into high society. As expected, things don't go too smoothly. Written by Daniel Bubbeo <dbubbeo@cmp.com>

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In their first in a year...and their funniest of ALL! (original poster) See more »


Action | Comedy | Crime | Music


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Did You Know?


Leading lady Marion Hutton had been the female singer with Glenn Miller and His Orchestra and was the sister of Paramount superstar Betty Hutton. See more »


In the undressing scene with 'Arthur Treacher' Abbott calls Costello "Mr. Manchester," although the character's last name is Mansfield. See more »


Albert Mansfield: Lady, he ain't dead, he's hiding!
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Crazy Credits

In the opening billing of "Bud Abbott" and "Lou Costello" the "o" in Abbott and one of the "o"'s in "Costello" are unusually large and used to "frame" photos of them. See more »


Referenced in The Ref (1994) See more »


What a Change in the Weather
Written by Kim Gannon & Walter Kent
Sung by Kirby Grant
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Beagle Street??????????
11 May 2007 | by SpondonmanSee all my reviews

Another nice little film from Bud & Lou, even if rushed and bodged together with Never Give A Sucker An Even Break at the end it's still a pleasant 70 minutes.

Two inept plumbers keeping their heads above water by working for both the expensive Ajax and cheap Atlas plumbing companies get called to repair a leak in swanky society house with disastrous results but afterwards find themselves invited to a Society garden party (in error), again with disastrous results. Baddie Thomas Gomez and his evil-doings were a side issue here, the comedy routines and the lilting songs were the thing. Marion Hutton supplied the songs, especially lustrous being What A Change In The Weather, done as only Universal ever knew how - and also the rather wooden romance. How different she was to her sister Betty! Languid and still mining the Hellzapoppin vein with popular music mixed with comedy and people disporting themselves in swimsuits, it meanders on to its startling plot course change after an hour and almost turns into a different film. Favourite bits: The boys' exit from Thurston Hall's bathroom; Don't blow the horn!; And of course the all-time classic burlesque sketch of Beagle Street (changed from Floogle Street)/The Susquehannah Hat Co!, adapted for this film by John Grant at Lou's behest. Lou also directed the routine in 1 take using friends as extras and 3 cameras.

Unassuming and inconsequential with no message and absolutely nothing for the serious fan of modern "comedy" – in other words, imho a marvellous film I watch every few years with no diminution of enjoyment.

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Release Date:

18 August 1944 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Abbott and Costello in Society See more »

Filming Locations:

Reuss Lake, California, USA See more »


Box Office


$660,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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