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The Naughty Nineties (1945)

Approved | | Adventure, Comedy, Music | 6 July 1945 (USA)
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.


Jean Yarbrough


Edmund L. Hartmann (original screenplay), John Grant (original screenplay) | 3 more credits »




Complete credited cast:
Bud Abbott ... Dexter Broadhurst
Lou Costello ... Sebastian Dinwiddle
Alan Curtis ... Crawford
Rita Johnson ... Bonita Farrow
Henry Travers ... Capt. Sam Jackson
Lois Collier ... Miss Caroline Jackson
Joe Sawyer ... Bailey
Joe Kirk ... Croupier


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 Daniel Bubbeo

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A Show Boat Load of Laughter!


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Did You Know?


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 »


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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Crazy Credits

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 »


Referenced in VeggieTales: Duke and the Great Pie War (2005) See more »


On a Sunday Afternoon
(1902) (uncredited)
Music by Harry von Tilzer
Lyrics by Andrew B. Sterling
Played by the showboat band and sung at the dock by Lois Collier (dubbed)
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Throw Me A Life Saver
24 November 2008 | by DKosty123See all my reviews

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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Release Date:

6 July 1945 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Naughty Nineties See more »

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Universal Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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