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One Night in the Tropics is a 1940 comedy film noteworthy for being the film debut of Abbott and Costello. The team play minor roles but steal the picture with five classic routines, including an abbreviated version of "Who's On First?" Their work earned them a two-picture deal with Universal, and their next film, Buck Privates, made them bonafide movie stars.

Plot

Jim "Lucky" Moore (Allan Jones), an insurance salesman, comes up with a novel policy for his friend, Steve (Robert Cummings): a 'love insurance policy', that will pay out $1-million if Steve does not marry his fiancée, Cynthia (Nancy Kelly). The upcoming marriage is jeopardized by Steve's ex-girlfriend, Mickey (Peggy Moran), and Cynthia's disapproving Aunt Kitty. The policy is underwritten by a nightclub owner, Roscoe (William Frawley), who sends two enforcers - Abbott and Costello - to ensure that the wedding occurs as planned. Everyone involved in the situation winds up sailing to San Marcos, where another complication arises, when Lucky falls for Cynthia. Lucky winds up marrying Cynthia, but Roscoe does not have to pay the $1-million because Steve ends up marrying Mickey.

Cast

Allan Jones ... Jim Moore

Nancy Kelly      ... Cynthia Merrick
Bud Abbott ... Abbott
Lou Costello ... Costello
Robert Cummings ... Steve Harper
Mary Boland ... Aunt Kitty Marblehead
William Frawley ... Roscoe
Peggy Moran ... Mickey Fitzgerald
Leo Carrillo ... Escobar
Don Alvarado ... Rodolfo
Nina Orla ... Nina
Richard Carle ... Mr. Moore


Production

One Night in the Tropics was filmed from August 26 through September 30, 1940 under the film's working title, Riviera. The film is based on a 1914 novel, Love Insurance by Earl Derr Biggers, the creator of Charlie Chan.

World premiere

The film had its world premiere in Costello's home town of Patersonmarker, New Jerseymarker on October 30, 1940.

Rerelease

The film was re-released (at 69 minutes) in 1950 with The Naughty Nineties and in 1954 with Little Giant.

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DVD Release

This film has been released twice on DVD. The first time, on The Best of Abbott and Costello Volume One on February 10, 2004, and again on October 28, 2008 as part of Abbott and Costello: The Complete Universal Pictures Collection.

References

  1. Furmanek, Bob and Ron Palumbo (1991). Abbott and Costello in Hollywood. New York: Perigee Books. ISBN 0-399-51605-0
  2. Furmanek, Bob and Ron Palumbo (1991). Abbott and Costello in Hollywood. New York: Perigee Books. ISBN 0-399-51605-0
  3. Furmanek, Bob and Ron Palumbo (1991). Abbott and Costello in Hollywood. New York: Perigee Books. ISBN 0-399-51605-0
  4. Furmanek, Bob and Ron Palumbo (1991). Abbott and Costello in Hollywood. New York: Perigee Books. ISBN 0-399-51605-0


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