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
Bud Abbott's character's name, "Dexter Broadhurst", was an homage to the Broadhurst Theatre on Broadway, where Abbott and Lou Costello starred in the hit revue "The Streets of Paris" in 1939, which is generally considered to be the show that put Abbott and Costello on the map. See more »
The movie is set in the 1890s, but several of the "period" songs played were written in the 1900s. See more »
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 »
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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