Pardon My Sarong
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Film poster
Directed byErle C. Kenton
Written by
Produced by
Starring
CinematographyMilton R. Krasner
Edited byArthur Hilton
Music byCharles Previn
Distributed byUniversal Pictures
Release date
  • August 7, 1942 (1942-08-07)
Running time
84 minutes
LanguageEnglish
Budget$400,000[1]
Box office$2.2 million (US rentals)[2]

Pardon My Sarong is a 1942 comedy film starring Abbott and Costello.

Plot

Tommy Layton, a wealthy bachelor, rents a city bus to take him from Chicago to Los Angeles to participate in a yacht race to Hawaii. The bus drivers, Algy and Wellington, are pursued by a detective hired by the bus company. They escape capture by driving the bus off a fishing pier. Layton, who is now on his yacht, rescues them and hires them to be his crew for the race. A competitor of his in the race, Joan Marshall has fired his original crew without his knowledge. He enacts revenge by kidnapping her and taking her along on the race.

While on course to Hawaii, they encounter a hurricane and land on an uncharted island, which is also the home of Dr. Varnoff, a mysterious scientist. The island natives mistake Wellington as a legendary hero and inform him that he must marry Princess Luana. Meanwhile, Varnoff plans to make a volcano appear to erupt in order to trick the tribe into offering him their invaluable sacred jewel. The natives send Wellington (and the jewel) to the volcano to defeat the evil spirit of the volcano. Varnoff chases him to the volcano, where they are defeated by Wellington and Algy.

Cast

Production

Pardon My Sarong was filmed at Universal Studios from March 2 through April 28, 1942. The film's original draft, dated July 19, 1941, was titled Road to Montezuma.[3]

The Ink Spots performed in this movie and were portrayed as waiters. "Do I Worry?" was a feature for lead tenor Bill Kenny and 2nd tenor Deek Watson was featured on "Shout Brother Shout" singing the lead part and playing trumpet. The famous dance group Tip, Tap and Toe danced during the nightclub scene.

World premiere

The film premiered in Costello's hometown of Paterson, New Jersey at a benefit for St. Anthony's Church.[4]

Box-office

This film was Universal's number two grosser of 1942, bringing in $2.2 million according to Variety.[5]

Home media

This film has been released twice on DVD. The first time, on The Best of Abbott and Costello Volume One, on February 10, 2004, and again on October 28, 2008 as part of Abbott and Costello: The Complete Universal Pictures Collection.

References

  1. ^ Furmanek p 83
  2. ^ "101 Pix Gross in Millions" Variety 6 Jan 1943 p 58
  3. ^ Furmanek, Bob and Ron Palumbo (1991). Abbott and Costello in Hollywood. New York: Perigee Books. ISBN 0-399-51605-0
  4. ^ Furmanek, Bob and Ron Palumbo (1991). Abbott and Costello in Hollywood. New York: Perigee Books. ISBN 0-399-51605-0
  5. ^ "101 Pix Gross in Millions" Variety 6 Jan 1943 p 58