Abbott And Costello In The Navy

  • 1941
  • 1 HR 25 MIN
  • NR
  • Comedy, Musical

After the thundering success of BUCK PRIVATES, Universal sent Abbott and Costello out to sea with a change of clothing. This time they performed some of their classic skits while adjusting to the wavy ocean waters. While Abbott and Costello handle the laughs, Dick Powell handles the story. He's cast as a popular singer who is tired of making all the girls...read more

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After the thundering success of BUCK PRIVATES, Universal sent Abbott and Costello out to sea with a change of clothing. This time they performed some of their classic skits while adjusting to the wavy ocean waters. While Abbott and Costello handle the laughs, Dick Powell handles the

story. He's cast as a popular singer who is tired of making all the girls swoon. In an attempt to avoid his ever-present fans he joins the Navy, but soon finds he is pursued by gal reporter Dodd. In one sequence where several sailors spit water into Costello's face, director Lubin began to laugh

so hard that the chubby comedian became infected with mirth and broke up; Lubin left the laughing jag in and it proved to be hilarious. The censors of the day reviewing this film ordered Lubin not to show the sailors spitting water directly into Costello's face (labelling this offensive) and it

had to be handled with two different takes, such were the ridiculous rules of the day. Some of the boys' ancient routines were resurrected for this one, with lines such as (Costello to Powell): "Where do all the little bugs go this time of year?" Powell shrugs and says: "Search me." Costello

replies: "No thanks, I was just wondering." Like all Abbott and Costello comedies, IN THE NAVY is one you can laugh at every time. Gene De Paul and Don Raye wrote the songs, which include "Starlight, Starbright" (sung by Dick Powell, reprise by Powell, The Andrews Sisters), "You're Off to See the

World," "Hula Ba Lua," "Gimme Some Skin" (sung by the Andrews Sisters), "A Sailor's Life For Me" (sung by Powell, Dick Foran), "We're in the Navy." Instrumentals included were "Anchors Aweigh" and "You're A Lucky Fellow Mr. Smith."

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