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In Society (1944)

Approved | | Action, Comedy, Crime | 18 August 1944 (USA)
Two bumbling plumbers are hired by a socialite to fix a leak. A case of mistaken identity gets the pair an invitation to a fancy party and an entree into high society. As expected, things ... See full summary »

Directors:

Jean Yarbrough, Erle C. Kenton (uncredited)

Writers:

Hugh Wedlock Jr. (story), Howard Snyder (story) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Bud Abbott ... Eddie Harrington
Lou Costello ... Albert Mansfield
Marion Hutton Marion Hutton ... Elsie Hemmerdingle
Kirby Grant ... Peter Evans
Ann Gillis ... Gloria (as Anne Gillis)
Arthur Treacher ... Pipps
Thomas Gomez ... Brexel
George Dolenz ... Baron Alexis
Steven Geray ... Count Sergei
Murray Leonard Murray Leonard ... Marlow
Thurston Hall ... Mr. Van Cleve
Geri Rosse Geri Rosse ... Orchestra Singer (as Geri)
Nella Walker ... Mrs. Van Cleve
William B. Davidson ... Parker
Will Osborne ... Will Osborne (as Will Osborne and His Orchestra)
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Storyline

Two bumbling plumbers are hired by a socialite to fix a leak. A case of mistaken identity gets the pair an invitation to a fancy party and an entree into high society. As expected, things don't go too smoothly. Written by Daniel Bubbeo <dbubbeo@cmp.com>

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THE COMEDY KINGS are BACK! (original poster) See more »

Genres:

Action | Comedy | Crime | Music

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Approved | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 August 1944 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Abbott and Costello in Society See more »

Filming Locations:

Reuss Lake, California, USA See more »

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Budget:

$660,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Quotes

Albert Mansfield: Lady, he ain't dead, he's hiding!
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In the opening billing of "Bud Abbott" and "Lou Costello" the "o" in Abbott and one of the "o"'s in "Costello" are unusually large and used to "frame" photos of them. See more »

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Edited into Knights of the Bath (1951) See more »

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What a Change in the Weather
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In Society (1944) **1/2
19 July 2005 | by JoeKarlosiSee all my reviews

Abbott and Costello are plumbers who accidentally get themselves invited to a High Society social event. Like so many of their films, this one's got a good amount of funny bits to enjoy, but they also come at the price of enduring some musical interruptions (at least Marion Hutton sings "No Bout Adoubt It" better than she can deliver dialogue). But ignoring those, some of the best gags in this movie include: Bud and Lou trashing a ritzy bathroom with their plumbing incompetence; a hilarious sequence where a policeman beats Costello up for blowing a car's horn late at night while Abbott doesn't lift a finger to help (they often revamped this routine in other films as well as their TV show, but it was never better done than it is here); Costello jumps in a pool to save a man's life and gets berated for it; and the classic highlight of the picture -- the "Bagel Street" bit where Lou attempts to get directions to the Susquehannah Hat Company from all sorts of nutty people he meets on the street. **1/2 out of ****


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