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One Night in the Tropics

One Night in the Tropics - Bud Abbott, Lou Costello

DVD review of One Night in the Tropics (1940), the first Abbott and Costello movie, starring Bud Abbot, Lou Costello

By all rights, One Night in the Tropics shouldn’t be an Abbott and Costello movie at all.   It was a typical 1940’s romantic musical comedy, starring Allan Jones (perhaps most famous for  Showboat as well as his work with the Marx Brothers in  A Day at the Races and  A Night at the Opera), Bob Cummings and Nancy Kelly.   However, Universal Pictures had just put a pair of radio comedians under contract and wanted to give the pair, known as  Abbott and Costello, a small part in the movie as comic relief, to see how they would do.

Bud Abbott and Lou Costello responded by stealing the show — literally.   Every scene that they filmed had the film crew roaring with laughter, prompting the producer to keep expanding their parts, time and again.   As a result, they worked some of their best routines into the picture, including:

Although A Night in the Tropics is a fine romantic comedy all by itself, it has earned its’ place in movie history as Abbott and Costello’s first feature film — and a funny film it is, too.

I rate it 4 clowns on a 5-clown scale.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Funny movie quotes from Abbott and Costello’s One Night in the Tropics:

Bud Abbott: Put that out. There’s no smoking in here.
Lou Costello: What makes you think I’m smokin’?
Bud Abbott: You’ve got a cigar in your mouth!
Lou Costello: I’ve got shoes on … don’t mean I’m walkin’.

Lou Costello: He’s gonna make a wonderful husband.
Bud Abbott: You don’t even know what a husband is.
Lou Costello: A husband is what’s left of a sweetheart after the nerve has been killed.

Trivia from One Night in the Tropics starring Bud Abbott and Lou Costello

Cast of characters

Updated April 2, 2022

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