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In the Navy Reviews

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½ April 2, 2015
#2 in the abbott & Costello 'service' comedies
May 3, 2012
Though this was the third movie Abbott and Costello filmed as top billed stars, it was released as their second, right after 'Buck Privates', because of its timely Naval story. It was used, admirably, as both a piece of escapist entertainment geared toward those fighting in the military and a way to involve citizens at home with what their beloved friends and family were bravely giving their lives to. As it lacks any kind of grit or realism, or fighting whatsoever (come on, it's a musical comedy), it rather fails at being informative or revealing. Sailors spend their time washing the ship and singing and dancing. Still, one has to take this for what it is- pure popcorn entertainment- and as that, it succeeds. There are some really memorable gags in here, including one involving a gambling scheme that must have been taken from an Abbott and Costello vaudeville act. Another one involves Costello explaining in a number of ways how thirteen multiplied by seven equals twenty-eight. Alongside the duo, Dick Powell, an actor I like a tremendous lot, hams it up a little as a celebrity crooner trying to lose his status and just slip into the Navy as an ordinary person; the beautiful Claire Dodd does her best, as a journalist, to out him. This isn't the best movie made by Abbott and Costello in their early days, but it certainly isn't their worst, and its portions of laughs make it a definite worthwhile watch for anyone interested in either the comic team or wartime entertainment.
March 27, 2011
Absolutely wonderful! The dancing is AMAZING! Script is phenomenal!
½ March 28, 2009
Another stint in the service.
½ February 6, 2009
Another salute to the armed forces, so to speak. Plenty of lightning fast repartee between Abbott and Costello as usual. Plenty of slight of hand gags too. Plenty of fun.
½ December 24, 2008
With the added benefit of Powell who, as a side character, you really care about, this is one of their better ones. Fun to see Shemp. He was always my favorite stooge.
November 5, 2008
Bud & Lou get a little more focus here than in Buck Privates but the story feels a little flat. Still jam packed with classic routines and you gotta love Shemp. It's good entertainment with a little bit of something for everyone.
Super Reviewer
½ October 14, 2008
Great comedy romp with the pair of idiots giggling their way through the navy...Saturday mornings were never the same without them.
September 15, 2008
Bud & Lou are a couple of seaman who are joined by Dick Powell as a radio star in hiding and a magazine photographer determined to get his photo.

This was one of the pair's better outings with such comedy gems as "find the submarine", 7 times 13=28, the "Son's of Neptune" initiation and Costello trying to get into a hammock.

The Andrews Sisters are on hand again to belt out a number of boogie-woogie tunes and rousing naval songs.
August 30, 2008
Pretty good A&C with more Andrews Sisters. There's less A&C hilarity and more side story though.
April 12, 2008
The sons of neptune ride again.
½ April 12, 2008
How come they were never in the marines?
March 18, 2008
Tis one was interestin; but it wasn't that great...
½ March 7, 2008
a good war comedy with some really funny jokes
½ March 4, 2008
a so-so film by the comic geniuses
Super Reviewer
February 25, 2008
Another good Abbott and Costello film.
January 21, 2008
A good Abbott & Costello film. Not as good as Buck Privates.
½ December 27, 2007
Abbott & Costello actually share the top billing with Powell, who isn't half bad.
November 9, 2007
Hilarious!!!!!!! I Love It I laughed so hard!!!
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