Review: ‘In Society’

Basic idea of story [by Hugh Wedlock Jr and Howard Snyder] spots Abbott and Costello as two struggling, extra-dumb plumbers being accidentally invited to a high society weekend soiree. Their exertions and blundering efforts to adjust themselves to new surroundings furnish the pegs on which many gags are strung. But even before reaching Hollywood's idea of effete society, a bunch of new and old comedy routines are dusted off and whipped across deftly.

Basic idea of story [by Hugh Wedlock Jr and Howard Snyder] spots Abbott and Costello as two struggling, extra-dumb plumbers being accidentally invited to a high society weekend soiree. Their exertions and blundering efforts to adjust themselves to new surroundings furnish the pegs on which many gags are strung. But even before reaching Hollywood’s idea of effete society, a bunch of new and old comedy routines are dusted off and whipped across deftly.

Costello works in his old stride, while Abbott is more efficient, smooth-working than ever as straight in the laugh combo. Marion Hutton, a femme taxi driver, provides the slight romantic twist opposite the wealthy Kirby Grant. She’s supposed to be Costello’s sweetie, but that’s strictly for laughs, Hutton being Betty Hutton’s sis.

In Society

Production

Universal. Director Jean Yarbrough; Producer Edmund L. Hartmann; Screenplay John Grant, Edmund L. Hartmann, Hal Fimberg; Camera Jerome Ash; Editor Philip Cahn; Music Edgar Fairchild (dir.); Art Director John B.Goodman, Eugene Lourie

Crew

(B&W) Extract of a review from 1944. Running time: 73 MIN.

With

Bud Abbott Lou Costello Marion Hutton Kirby Grant Margaret Irving Anne Gillis
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