|Director: A. Edward Sutherland
|Stars: Allan Jones, Nancy Kelly, Robert Cummings, Peggy Moran, Bud Abbott, Lou Costello
||Video: A video is generally available.|
This is an enjoyable enough romp with some sprightly comic performances.
It's a must for Abbott and Costello fans, as it is their first movie,
and features their famous Who's On First routine. For those of us
who are less enamoured of Bud and Lou, their contributions are reasonably
amusing and don't hold the picture up too long. The plot concerns
an insurance salesman who insures his pal against said pal's marriage
failing to take place; a problem arises when the salesman falls
in love with the prospective bride.
|Notes on songs: These songs were written for the film.
The Fields/Kern score was originally written for a film which was
never made, but they shoehorned the songs into this film instead.
Most notably, this film includes the first performance of the classic
Fields song Remind Me, although it
misses out the gorgeous introduction "Turn off that charm, I'm through
with love for a while" and in two places the song lyrics are overladen
with comic dialogue from the other actors. Of the other songs, I
found Back In My Shell to be the
most interesting; it has a very Fieldsian lyric describing a determinedly
Hello/Goodbye attitude to romance.
The film also includes the Kern/Hammerstein song Your
Dream. Curiously the sheet music of this song gives Dorothy
Fields as the lyricist!
|Back In My Shell||
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|You And Your Kiss||