Naughty Nineties, The (1945)

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

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

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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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