In Society

In Society

Bud Abbott
Director: Jean Yarbrough Cast: Bud Abbott
Bud Abbott
, Lou Costello
Lou Costello
, Kirby Grant
Kirby Grant
Jean Yarbrough


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For their first film in a year, Bud Abbott and Lou Costello played it safe with a medley of old burlesque routines and slapstick setpieces -- and never mind a coherent plot. The boys play Eddie and Albert, a pair of plumbers hired to fix the pipes of a fancy society mansion. While a masquerade party takes place on the first floor, our heroes wreak havoc in the bathroom on the second floor. The angry owners (Thurston Hall, Netta Packer) shoot off a letter of complaint to the plumbers which gets mixed up with an invitation for a fancy weekend party. Thus it is that Eddie and Albert, accompanied by their female cab-driving pal Elsie (Marion Hutton), show up dressed to the nines at a posh country estate. While the boys get mixed up in further comic complications, Elsie carries on a romance with wealthy and handsome Peter (Kirby Grant). Things come to a head when a valuable painting is stolen, prompting Eddie and Albert to chase after the thieves by commandeering a fire engine! Released in most areas simply as In Society, this slapped-together comedy proved beyond all doubt that Abbott and Costello's appeal had not slipped during their screen absence. Highlights include a variation on the burlesque chestnut "Floogel Street" (here renamed "The Susquehanna Hat Company"), a wild and crazy fox hunt, and the climactic fire-engine pursuit, which was lifted virtually in toto from W.C. Fields' Never Give a Sucker an Even Break (1941).

Product Details

Release Date: 01/28/1998
UPC: 0096898145435
Original Release: 1944
Rating: NR
Source: Universal Studios

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Bud Abbott Eddie Harrington
Lou Costello Albert Mansfield
Kirby Grant Peter Evans
Marion Hutton Elsie Hammerdingle
Ann Gillis Gloria Winthrop
Arthur Treacher Pipps the Butler
Thomas Gomez Drexel
George Dolenz Baron Sergei
Steven Geray Count Alexis
Margaret Irving Mrs. Winthrop
Murray Leonard Marlow
Thurston Hall Mr. Van Cleve
William B. Davidson Butler
Luis Alberni Luigi
Don Barclay Drunk in Pool
Gladys Blake Actor
Charles Coleman Doorman
Edgar Dearing Cop
Tom Dugan Derby Dan
Ralph Dunn Cop
Tom Fadden Fire Chief
Sid Fields Actor
Alice Fleming Actor
Dorothy Granger Hysterical Woman
Charlie Hall Actor
Cyril Ring Actor
Charles Sherlock Policeman
Al Thompson Actor
Mabel Todd Manicurist
Nella Walker Mrs. Van Cleve
Ian Wolfe Actor
Milt Bronson Actor

Technical Credits
Jean Yarbrough Director
Jerome Ash Cinematographer
Phil Cahn Editor
Kim Cannon Songwriter
Stanley Cowan Songwriter
Manny Curtis Songwriter
Edgar "Cookie" Fairchild Score Composer,Musical Direction/Supervision
Sid Fields Screenwriter
Hal Fimberg Screenwriter
John P. Fulton Special Effects
John B. Goodman Art Director
John Grant Screenwriter
Edmund L. Hartmann Producer,Screenwriter
Walter Kent Songwriter
Eugène Lourié Art Director
Vic Muzzy Songwriter
Howard Snyder Screenwriter
Hugh Wedlock Original Story
Vera West Costumes/Costume Designer
Bobby Worth Songwriter

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