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Lost in Alaska (1952)

Two volunteer firemen rescue a gold prospector from suicide. However, once they discover that the police mistakenly want them for murder, they travel with the prospector to Alaska to help ... See full summary »

Director:

Jean Yarbrough

Writers:

Elwood Ullman (story), Martin Ragaway (as Martin A. Ragaway) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Bud Abbott ... Tom Watson
Lou Costello ... George Bell
Mitzi Green ... Rosette
Tom Ewell ... Nugget Joe McDermott
Bruce Cabot ... Jake Stillman
Emory Parnell ... Sherman
Jack Ingram ... Henchman
Rex Lease ... Old-Timer
Joe Kirk ... Henchman (as Joseph Kirk)
Minerva Urecal ... Mrs. McGillicuddy
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Storyline

Two volunteer firemen rescue a gold prospector from suicide. However, once they discover that the police mistakenly want them for murder, they travel with the prospector to Alaska to help chase his girl. Once they arrive, the men discover that most of the town wants the prospector dead. It's up to Abbott and Costello to keep him alive, or else San Francisco is ready to hang them for the murder. Written by VonCouch

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The Northern Lights Have Never Seen Funnier Sights! See more »

Genres:

Adventure | Comedy

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Trivia

"Lost in Alaska" was filmed from December 3 through December 31, 1951, under the working title "The Sourdoughs." See more »

Goofs

When Bud and Lou are ice fishing, an off-camera seal barks and Costello adlibs: "Somebody got a car up here, driving?" The film is set in the 1890s, before the automotive era. See more »

Quotes

Tom Watson: Why Mrs. McGillicuddy, how charming you look. I know it's your hair. You've done something different to it.
George Bell: She put it on her head!
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Connections

References Destry Rides Again (1939) See more »

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A Hot Time in the Igloo Tonight
Music by Henry Mancini
Sung by Mitzi Green
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Elementary slapstick
22 March 2007 | by gridoonSee all my reviews

Abbott: "Miss McGillicuddy, you look charming today. Did you do something to your hair?"

Costello: "Yeah, she put it on her head"!

"Lost in Alaska" does have some inspired moments, and most of them are in the first half, like the "sleeping in 2-hour shifts" routine, or Costello's response to a sign that says "Use the axe only in case of fire" ("Got a match?"). But when A&C actually do get Lost in Alaska, the comedy gets largely reduced to elementary, childish slapstick (Costello falling down on the snow a lot, etc). I did laugh a couple of times, but overall the film is pretty tiresome, despite its short running time. (**)


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

August 1952 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Abbott & Costello Alaskassa See more »

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Budget:

$672,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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