One Night in the Tropics
Romance TO THE RHYTHM OF THE RHUMBA...in this magical musical of mirth! The film noteworthy for being the film debut of Abbott and Costello. The team play minor roles but steal the picture with five classic routines, including an abbreviated version of "Who's On First?"
The leads - Allan Jones and Robert Cummings - are OK and the musical sequences are relatively bland in this exceedingly slight romp, but most likely viewers now would only check it out for the big screen debut of Abbott and Costello. They were successful enough here to get a Universal contract, and really took off with their next film (their first as leads), Buck Privates.
In Tropics, the plot is negligible, and one doesn't have to wait too long for the A&C bits, all of which are goofy and engaging. They include a truncated version of "Who's on First?" outside of a taxicab; a car ride where Lou attempts to tell a story about Jonah and the Whale ("What…
- An uninspired and tedious script with predictable conclusions is only made worthwhile by the hilarious verbal and physical antics of Bud Abbott and Lou Costello in their first appearance in a movie. There are a few crazy, unexpected (and very brief) moments that result in a laugh outside of the duo but only a few. Abbott and Costello perform some of their classic routines like “two tens for a five” and a segment of “Who’s on first?” and it is their dispersed moments throughout the film that are worth waiting for. I Love Lucy’s William Frawley plays a gangster type who is the boss of Abbott & Costello and does a good job. Overall a rather lame film except for…