One Night in the Tropics

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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... read more

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. 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.

Original Release

11/15/1940

US Release

11/15/1940

Cast

Allan Jones Jim Moore
Nancy Kelly Cynthia Merrick
Robert Cummings Steve Harper
Bud Abbott Abbott
Lou Costello Costello
Mary Boland Aunt Kitty Marblehead
William Frawley Roscoe
Peggy Moran Mickey Fitzgerald
Leo Carrillo Senor Escobar / Escobar
Don Alvarado Rudolfo / Rodolfo
(see additional cast & crew)

Directors

A. Edward Sutherland

Writers

Gertrude Purcell, Charles Grayson, Kathryn Scola, Francis Martin, Earl Derr Biggers, John Grant

Cast

Allan Jones Jim Moore
Nancy Kelly Cynthia Merrick
Robert Cummings Steve Harper
Bud Abbott Abbott
Lou Costello Costello
Mary Boland Aunt Kitty Marblehead
William Frawley Roscoe
Peggy Moran Mickey Fitzgerald
Leo Carrillo Senor Escobar / Escobar
Don Alvarado Rudolfo / Rodolfo
Nina Orla Nina
Richard Carle James G. Moore
The Theodores San Marcos Dance Team
Eddie Acuff First S.S. Atlantica Steward
William Alston Orchestra Leader
Brooks Benedict Croupier
Harry C. Bradley Mr. Moore's Doctor
Tyler Brooke First Man Polled by Jim
Ralph Brooks Nightclub Patron
Edgar Dearing Cop with Black Eye

Producers

Editors

Milton Carruth

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