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One Night in the Tropics

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Genre  Comedy, Music
Producer  Leonard Spigelgass
Language  English
6.8/10 IMDb

Director  A. Edward Sutherland
Music director  Jerome Kern
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Release date  November 15, 1940 (1940-11-15)
Writer  Gertrude Purcell (screenplay), Charles Grayson (screenplay), Kathryn Scola (adaptation), Francis Martin (adaptation), Earl Derr Biggers (novel)
Cast  Allan Jones (Jim Moore), Nancy Kelly (Cynthia Merrick), Robert Cummings (Steve Harper), Bud Abbott (Abbott), Lou Costello (Costello), Mary Boland (Aunt Kitty Marblehead)
Similar movies  Birdman, Pitch Perfect 2, Frozen, Aladdin, The Jungle Book, The Nightmare Before Christmas

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One Night in the Tropics is a 1940 comedy film noteworthy for being the film debut of Abbott and Costello. The team play minor roles but steal the picture with five of their classic routines, including an abbreviated version of "Who's On First?" Their work earned them a two-picture deal with Universal, and their next film, Buck Privates, made them bona fide movie stars. Songs in the film were by Jerome Kern. The film is based on a 1914 novel, Love Insurance by Earl Derr Biggers, the creator of Charlie Chan.


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It was filmed as a silent movie in 1919 as Love Insurance by Paramount with Bryant Washburn and Lois Wilson, and in 1925 by Universal as The Reckless Age.

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Jim "Lucky" Moore (Allan Jones), an insurance salesman, comes up with a novel policy for his friend, Steve (Robert Cummings): a 'love insurance policy', that will pay out $1-million if Steve does not marry his fiancée, Cynthia (Nancy Kelly). Encouraged by Jim's argument that Jim has never had to pay out on a policy so that the marriage is a sure thing, Steve accepts. The upcoming marriage is jeopardized by Steve's ex-girlfriend, Mickey (Peggy Moran), and Cynthia's disapproving Aunt Kitty. The policy is underwritten by a nightclub owner, Roscoe (William Frawley), who sends two enforcers - Abbott and Costello - to ensure that the wedding occurs as planned. Everyone involved in the situation winds up sailing or flying to San Marcos (a fictional South American country), where another complication arises, when Lucky falls for Cynthia. Lucky winds up marrying Cynthia, but Roscoe does not have to pay the $1-million because Steve ends up marrying Mickey.


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  • Allan Jones as Jim Moore
  • Nancy Kelly as Cynthia Merrick
  • Bud Abbott as Abbott
  • Lou Costello as Costello
  • Robert Cummings as Steve Harper
  • Mary Boland as Aunt Kitty Marblehead
  • William Frawley as Roscoe
  • Peggy Moran as Mickey Fitzgerald
  • Leo Carrillo as Escobar
  • Don Alvarado as Rodolfo
  • Nina Orla as Nina
  • Richard Carle as Mr. Moore
  • Production

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    One Night in the Tropics was filmed from August 26 through September 30, 1940 under the film's working title, Riviera, an unproduced Jerome Kern musical from 1937 originally planned for Danielle Darrieux; Kern's songs were reused in the film.


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    Just prior to the beginning of production, on August 21, 1940, Jones and Cummings were guests on Abbott and Costello's radio show and promoted the film.

    World premiere

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    The film had its world premiere in Costello's home town of Paterson, New Jersey on October 30, 1940.


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    The film was re-released (at 69 minutes) by Realart Pictures in 1950 with The Naughty Nineties and in 1954 with Little Giant.

    DVD release

    This film has been released twice on DVD. The first time, on The Best of Abbott and Costello Volume One on February 10, 2004, and again on October 28, 2008 as part of Abbott and Costello: The Complete Universal Pictures Collection.


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