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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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Jean Yarbrough

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Elwood Ullman (story), Martin Ragaway (as Martin A. Ragaway) | 1 more credit »
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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 Joe Kirk ... Henchman (as Joseph Kirk)
Minerva Urecal ... 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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Adventure | Comedy

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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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$672,000 (estimated)
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Mono (Western Electric Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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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

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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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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Not one of their best!
14 July 1999 | by Russell DoddSee all my reviews

Abbott and Costello, who are firemen in the 1890s save life of Alaskan suicidal millionaire 'nugget' Joe from drowning himself.( An idea from Chaplin's City lights perhaps?). His girl has told him she wants out. (How he ended up in San Fransisco from Alaska though is a mystery). They take him back to their place for him to stay the night. The morning after (after a lenthy routine which sees Abbott con Costello out of his night's sleep)Joe receives a letter from his love, Rosette stating she wants him back. In gratitude, he gives A+C the gold he has on him.

At the bank, 2 men tell them that a gold prospector was found murdered last night and the police suspect 2 volunteer firemen. They find Joe on his boat and tell him that the police think they murderd him. Naturally this cheers Joe up and sends him into hysterics.(!) They ask him to come down the station to set the record straight but he can't hear them properly as the whistles from the boat are to loud. It's to late anyhow as the boat has set sail taking them all to Alaska! When they arrive it turns out that a lot of people want Joe dead(including himself again when he finds out that Rosette didn't write the note) and it's A+C's job to keep him alive as they want to take him home to prove he's still alive. It turns out that Joe has wrote a will which leaves his £2 million fortune to his 'buddies' when he dies and they are all trying to bump him off. It turns out Mr Stillman, who owns the saloon, wrote the letter and asks Lucette to marry Joe so she becomes his only heir then he'll bump him off and then they split the gold...

Bad Abbott and Costello vehicle makes no use of their talents. Strange scenes including one which has the boys trying to cheer up Nugget Joe and do the routine they did 'at the fireman's ball'. 3 terrible 'jokes' occur and you don't know whether they are supposed to be funny or not. Nugget Joe doesn't laugh and who can blame him? The 2 songs are actually quite good and the actors aren't bad either. The script and budget lets the film down. The peculiar finale isn't funny at all and when the film finishes the viewer can't help but feel there's something missing.

If you want to see Abbott and Costello as they were in the 50s, watch one of their hilarious TV shows instead.


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