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In the Navy

In the Navy, starring Bud Abbott, Lou Costello, Dick Powell

In the Navy (1941) starring Bud Abbott, Lou Costello, Dick Powell, the Andrews Sisters, Claire Dodd

 Bud Abbott  and  Lou Costello‘s follow up after the amazing success of  Buck Privates  was  In the Navy. Which actually did better than Buck Privates. Like their previous film, Shemp Howard and the Andrews Sisters provide a comic foil and musical interludes, respectively. In a nutshell, Abbott and Costello join the Navy. Then, they get involved in a romantic subplot with Dick Powell. Along the way, they do do some of their most famous routines. These include a version of the  con artist shell game using lemons, and  Lou demonstrating his clownish math skills by trying to prove that 28 divided by 7 equals 13 — this bit alone is worth the price of admission.

Another classic clown routine that they include here is “Busy Bee,” (known here as “I’ll take the water”). A group initiates Lou on board ship. And they soak him. In turn, he’s egged on by Shemp Howard to play the same prank on Bud. And, after some great clowning by Bud, Lou gets soaked again!

I rate it 4 stars out of 5.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

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After the huge success of Buck Privates (cleverly referenced in a spoofing credits sequence), Abbott and Costello traded army green for navy blue to  play landlocked gobs sent to sea after six years in the service. The actual story belongs to  Dick Powell, who plays a  radio crooner who has ditched fame and fawning fans for the sailor’s life, while an  ambitious female reporter  (Claire Dodd) shadows the singer and stows aboard his battleship to expose his secret. Meanwhile  Bud Abbott continues to con the ever-gullible Lou Costello, and  Costello woos Patty from the Andrews Sisters.

Director Arthur Lubin overcomes bargain-basement production values (rear projection footage, toy boat special effects) with the snappy repartee and energetic by-play of his stars. Skit highlights include a  typically crooked Bud Abbott shell game, a hysterical series of spit-gags (in which the boys keep cracking up on camera),  Costello’s mathematical proof that 7 times 13 equals 28, and the climactic toy boat fantasy of naval maneuvers gone mad, courtesy of Captain Costello.  The Andrews Sisters sing four songs  (including “Gimme Some Skin“),  Dick Powell sings two, and  the Condos brothers perform a delightful dance specialty act. The boys would once again overcome Lubin’s lackluster direction in their next release, Hold That Ghost , which was actually shot before this film. —Sean Axmaker –This text refers to the DVD edition.

Funny movie quotes from In the Navy

Smokey Adams (Bud Abbott): Did you ever go to school, stupid?
Seaman Pomeroy Watson (Lou Costello): Yeah, and I come out the same way.

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