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In Society (1944)

In Society





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For their first film in a year, Bud Abbott and Lou Costello played it safe with a medley of old burlesque routines and slapstick setpieces -- and never mind a coherent plot. The boys play Eddie and Albert, a pair of plumbers hired to fix the pipes of a fancy society mansion. While a masquerade party takes place on the first floor, our heroes wreak havoc in the bathroom on the second floor. The angry owners (Thurston Hall, Netta Packer) shoot off a letter of complaint to the plumbers which gets mixed up with an invitation for a fancy weekend party. Thus it is that Eddie and Albert, accompanied by their female cab-driving pal Elsie (Marion Hutton), show up dressed to the nines at a posh country estate. While the boys get mixed up in further comic complications, Elsie carries on a romance with wealthy and handsome Peter (Kirby Grant). Things come to a head when a valuable painting is stolen, prompting Eddie and Albert to chase after the thieves by commandeering a fire engine! Released in most areas simply as In Society, this slapped-together comedy proved beyond all doubt that Abbott and Costello's appeal had not slipped during their screen absence. Highlights include a variation on the burlesque chestnut "Floogel Street" (here renamed "The Susquehanna Hat Company"), a wild and crazy fox hunt, and the climactic fire-engine pursuit, which was lifted virtually in toto from W.C. Fields' Never Give a Sucker an Even Break (1941).more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Classics, Comedy
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Written By: Hal Fimberg, Howard Snyder, John Grant, Sid Fields, Edmund L. Hartmann
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Bud Abbott
as Eddie Harrington
Lou Costello
as Albert Mansfield
Marion Hutton
as Elsie Hammerdingle
Kirby Grant
as Peter Evans
Ann Gillis
as Gloria Winthrop
Arthur Treacher
as Pipps the Butler
George Dolenz
as Baron Sergei
Steven Geray
as Count Alexis
Margaret Irving
as Mrs. Winthrop
Thurston Hall
as Mr. Van Cleve
Nella Walker
as Mrs. Van Cleve
Don Barclay
as Drunk in Pool
Tom Fadden
as Fire Chief
Tom Dugan
as Derby Dan
Dorothy Granger
as Hysterical Woman
Gladys Blake
as Manicurist
Mabel Todd
as Manicurist
Al Thompson
as Minor Role (uncredit...
Milt Bronson
as Minor Role (uncredit...
Elvia Allman
as Hysterical Widow
Cyril Ring
as Sir Walter Raleigh a...
Roxanne Hilton
as Minor Role (uncredit...
Charles D. Hall
as Undetermined Minor R...
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