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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.

Director:

Jean Yarbrough

Writers:

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

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 Joe Kirk ... Croupier
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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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Trivia

The "Who's on First" sequence was added after the rest of the film was shot and edited. Universal executives thought the film didn't have enough laughs, so they wrote in "Who's on First," which Bud Abbott and Lou Costello had been performing for years on stage and radio, as well as a much shorter version in their first film, One Night in the Tropics (1940). See more »

Goofs

The movie is set in the 1890s, but Life Savers candy (which is used as a joke in the movie) was first created in 1912 by Clarence Crane, a Cleveland chocolatier and father of the famed poet Hart Crane, who was looking for a new "summer candy" to supplement his chocolate business. See more »

Quotes

Sebastian Dinwiddle: Then who gets it?
Dexter Broadhurst: Naturally.
Sebastian Dinwiddle: That's what I'm saying.
Dexter Broadhurst: You're not saying that.
Sebastian Dinwiddle: Excuse me, folks.
Dexter Broadhurst: It's all right. I'm sorry, folks.
Sebastian Dinwiddle: I throw the ball to Naturally.
Dexter Broadhurst: You throw it to Who.
Sebastian Dinwiddle: Naturally.
Dexter Broadhurst: Naturally. Well, say it that way.
[...]
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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 »

Connections

Referenced in Sam and Max: The Mole, the Mob, and the Meatball (2007) See more »

Soundtracks

Nora Malone
(uncredited)
Written by Junie McCree and Harry von Tilzer
Sung by an unidentified male on the showboat
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A Delightful Trip To The 1890's!
28 August 1999 | by JWLJNSee all my reviews

Although not critically acclaimed as one of the team's best, Abbott and Costello use some of their best loved and remember skits in this film. The movie is worth watching for the "Who's On First?" skit alone. Good, clean, fun for the entire family.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 July 1945 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Tramposos trampeados See more »

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Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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