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One Night in the Tropics (1940)

Approved | | Comedy, Music | 15 November 1940 (USA)
Jim "Lucky" Moore (Allan Jones), an insurance salesman, comes up with a novel policy for his friend, Steve (Robert Cummings): a 'love insurance policy', that will pay out $1-million if ... See full summary »

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Gertrude Purcell (screenplay), Charles Grayson (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Allan Jones ... Jim Moore
Nancy Kelly ... Cynthia Merrick
Robert Cummings ... Steve Harper
Bud Abbott ... Abbott
Lou Costello ... Costello
Mary Boland ... Aunt Kitty Marblehead
William Frawley ... Roscoe
Peggy Moran ... Mickey Fitzgerald
Leo Carrillo ... Senor Escobar
Don Alvarado ... Rudolfo
Nina Orla ... Nina
Richard Carle ... James G. Moore
The Theodores The Theodores ... San Marcos Dance Team
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Jim "Lucky" Moore (Allan Jones), an insurance salesman, comes up with a novel policy for his friend, Steve (Robert Cummings): a 'love insurance policy', that will pay out $1-million if Steve does not marry his fiancee, Cynthia (Nancy Kelly). The upcoming marriage is jeopardized by Steve's ex-girlfriend, Mickey (Peggy Moran), and Cynthia's disapproving Aunt Kitty. The policy is underwritten by a nightclub owner, Roscoe (William Frawley), who sends two enforcers - Abbott and Costello - to ensure that the wedding occurs as planned. Everyone involved in the situation winds up sailing or flying to San Marcos (a fictional South American country), where another complication arises, when Lucky falls for Cynthia. Lucky winds up marrying Cynthia, but Roscoe does not have to pay the $1-million because Steve ends up marrying Mickey. Written by Wikipedia

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Taglines:

Abbott and Costello are at it again! (Film Classics 1950 reissue lobby card). See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Music

Certificate:

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Trivia

San Marcos was also a fictional country in Bananas (1971). See more »

Quotes

[Costello lights up a cigar]
Abbott: Put that out. There's no smoking in here.
Costello: What makes you think I'm smokin'?
Abbott: You've got a cigar in your mouth!
Costello: I've got shoes on... don't mean I'm walkin'.
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Alternate Versions

Cut to 69 minutes for re-releases in 1950 and 1954. This shortened version was shown on TV for many years; restored full-length 83-minute version became available again in 1993, when released on VHS. See more »

Connections

Version of Love Insurance (1919) See more »

Soundtracks

Your Dream
Music by Jerome Kern
Lyrics by Otto A. Harbach and Oscar Hammerstein II
Sung by Nancy Kelly (dubbed) and Allan Jones
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User Reviews

 
And introducing Bud & Lou.
4 March 2008 | by hitchcockthelegendSee all my reviews

I will go slightly against the grain of most reviewers here and say that the film is enjoyable enough without the addition of Abbott & Costello. This film will forever remain the debut of that wonderful pairing, but the film isn't reliant on their input to lift it above average. Sure they have great moments, the Who's On First and Salary Deconstruction {Dollar A Day} sequences are pure joy, but they are merely seasoning in a decent enough zany comedy stew.

Allan Jones, Nancy Kelly, and a delightful turn from Robert Cummings cement the fun to be had with this daft plot line of Love Insurance, the tunes are engaging enough and the ending is one of satisfaction that concludes nicely for the viewer. Bud & Lou started here, and would go on to much better movies, but saying this film is saved by them is a disservice to the others involved. 7/10


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 November 1940 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Caribbean Holiday See more »

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Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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