The Naughty Nineties (1945)





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Abbott and Costello's The Naughty Nineties offers a million laughs and a nickel's worth of plot. Most of the film takes place aboard a 19th century showboat, owned by kindly Captain Sam (Henry Travers). Bud Abbott plays the showboat's leading man Dexter Broadhurst, while Lou Costello is handyman Sebastian Dinwiddie. A group of slick gamblers (Alan Curtis, Rita Johnson and Joe Sawyer) cheat Captain Sam out of his boat, turning the place into a floating gambling palace, but Dexter and Sebastian foil the villains and save the day. The film is a virtual encyclopedia of wheezy but still hilarious comedy routines, many of them devised by veteran Laurel & Hardy and Three Stooges gagman Felix Adler. The film's highlight is a full-length performance of Abbott and Costello's verbal classic "Who's on First?"-and if one listens very closely, one can hear the cameramen and crew members laughing!
NR (adult situations)
Classics , Comedy , Drama
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Universal Pictures


Bud Abbott
as Dexter Broadhurst
Lou Costello
as Sebastian Dinwiddle
Alan Curtis
as Mr. Crawford
Rita Johnson
as Bonita Farrow
Henry Travers
as Capt. Sam Jackson
Lois Collier
as Caroline Jackson
Joe Sawyer
as Bailey
Jack Norton
as Drunk
Bud Wolfe
as Croupier
Henry Russell
as Croupier
Joe Kirk
as Croupier
Bud O'Connor
as Croupier
Jack Worth
as Croupier
Billy M. Greene
as Minstrel
Emmett Vogan
as Citizen
Milt Bronson
as Gambler
John Hamilton
as Sheriff
Edward Gargan
as Baxter the Bartender
Jack Chefe
as Waiter
Barbara Pepper
as Woman in Gilded Case
Ben Johnson
as Coach Driver
John Indrisano
as Croupier
Donald Kerr
as Croupier
Cyril Ring
as Man in Water Gag
Gladys Blake
as Girl in Garter Gag
Jack Rice
as Waiter
Jack Overman
as Gambling Room Guard
Arthur Loft
as Billy Boy
Carol Hughes
as Tessie
Tom Fadden
as Wounded Gambler
Rex Lease
as Sheriff Wright
Sarah Selby
as Mrs. Hawkins
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Critic Reviews for The Naughty Nineties

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Full Review… | March 24, 2006
New York Times
Top Critic

Pretty dismal, but containing the 'Who's on first?' routine.

August 29, 2006
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

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September 21, 2005

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July 4, 2005

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February 14, 2005
Boxoffice Magazine

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Full Review… | May 24, 2003

Audience Reviews for The Naughty Nineties

One of their most classic films Abbott and Costello have ever made. With the immortal Who's on First routine. Hilarious and great fun.

Hayden Larsen
Hayden Larsen

Watching this makes me sad and angry about comedy in the contemporary age. Never again will we get something this smartly written and so passionately executed

Kevin Lee
Kevin Lee

A funny film featuring Abbott and Costello - and a costume period piece for them! Several great routines and gags in this film including the classic Who's On First.

Tim Meyers
Tim Meyers

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