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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 »

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Complete credited cast:
... Tom Watson
... George Bell
... Rosette
... Nugget Joe McDermott
... Jake Stillman
... Sherman
... Henchman
... Old-Timer
Joe Kirk ... Henchman (as Joseph Kirk)
... Mrs. McGillicuddy
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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 Abbot 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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August 1952 (USA)  »

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Abbott & Costello Alaskassa  »

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$672,000 (estimated)
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1.37 : 1
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First film work by composer Henry Mancini; he is uncredited. See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Tom Watson: Nugget Joe, you've got everything in the world to live for. The richest gold mine in Alaska. Why with that kind of money, you can get any kind of girl you want. Why worry about that one girl?
Nugget Joe McDermott: I don't want any girl. I want Rosette.
George Bell: I want to go to sleep! I'm tired.
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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 See 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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