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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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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

There are 2 support structures under the fire engine ladder that are solely there to support the weight of the car and not normally found beneath a fire engine's ladder. 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

My Dreams Are Getting Better All The Time
Music by Vic Mizzy
Lyrics by Mann Curtis
Sung by Marion Hutton
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Bagel Street.
27 October 2013 | by AaronCapenBannerSee all my reviews

Abbott & Costello play two bumbling plumbers who are accidentally invited to a ritzy country club after being hired to do some emergency plumbing work by a wealthy man(and making a mess of things in the process). This gets them mistakenly invited to a ritzy country club, where they get into more trouble. Also there is woman taxi driver Elsie Hammerdingle(played by Marion Hutton) who begins a romance with a rich man, who doesn't know her true identity. Underrated comedy from the team has a most appealing performance from Miss Hutton, and some very funny moments: the best of which is the Bagel Street sketch, the single funniest scene I have ever seen in a film! Ending and some songs are weak, but otherwise most enjoyable.


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