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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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In their first in a year...and their funniest of ALL! (original poster) See more »

Genres:

Action | Comedy | Crime | Music

Certificate:

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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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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Universal was so anxious to get a new Bud Abbott and Lou Costello film into theaters that they sped up the production by bringing in a second director, Erle C. Kenton (who directed at least two production numbers, uncredited) and created the climatic chase sequence using footage from Never Give a Sucker an Even Break (1941). The rushed production schedule made this the most expensive Abbott and Costello film up to that time. See more »

Goofs

In the undressing scene with 'Arthur Treacher' Abbott calls Costello "Mr. Manchester," although the character's last name is Mansfield. See more »

Quotes

Albert Mansfield: Lady, he ain't dead, he's hiding!
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Crazy Credits

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 »

Connections

Edited from Never Give a Sucker an Even Break (1941) See more »

Soundtracks

No Bout Adout It
Music by Vic Mizzy
Lyrics by Mann Curtis
Sung by Marion Hutton accompanied by Will Osborne and his orchestra
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"Susquehannah? Arrrrrrgh!"
11 April 2007 | by gridoonSee all my reviews

"In Society" has a promising set-up - Abbott and Costello as bumbling plumbers who get invited by mistake to a high-society weekend party and try to act as if they belong there - but the film doesn't exploit this premise for all it's worth. At its best, the film approaches the surreal craziness of the Marx Brothers movies (the flooded room, the Susquehannah Hat Company sketch, etc.). But there are too many songs, 4 to be specific in a 70-minute movie (though at least one of them, "No bout adout it", has likably crazy lyrics - "I sove you lo much, I mean I love you so much"), the back projection during the big chase scenes couldn't be more obvious, and Abbott's character is thoroughly obnoxious. (**)


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