Naughty Nineties, The (1945)

“Strange as it may seem, they give ball players nowadays very peculiar names…”

Abbott and Costello try to rescue their friend’s showboat from the hands of some unscrupulous cardsharks.


Response to Peary’s Review:
As Peary notes, Abbott and Costello’s first period piece together contains “several of their most famous routines.” The storyline is innocuous but relatively enjoyable, and — most importantly — never interferes with the ongoing litany of gags. Unlike Peary, I didn’t find the “shaving scene” especially funny; however, I was tickled pink by countless other hilarious moments (see below).

Redeeming Qualities:

  • Abbott and Costello performing their beloved “Who’s On First?” skit
    Naughty Nineties Who\'s On First
  • Costello fearfully confronting a plateful of fried “cats”
  • Costello frosting a ramshackle cake
  • Costello shakily singing “My Bonnie Lies Over the Ocean” in time to Abbott’s stage directions

Must See?
Yes. While some reviewers disagree, I believe this film is a distillation of Abbott and Costello at their best.



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