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Comin' Round the Mountain

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Comin' Round the Mountain
Theatrical release poster
Directed byCharles Lamont
Written byRobert Lees
Frederic Riedel
Produced byHoward Christie
StarringBud Abbott
Lou Costello
Dorothy Shay
Kirby Grant
Glenn Strange
Margaret Hamilton
CinematographyGeorge Robinson
Edited byEdward Curtiss
Distributed byUniversal-International
Release date
  • June 18, 1951 (1951-06-18)
Running time
77 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Budget$638,120[1]
Box office$1,550,000 (US rentals)[2]

Comin' Round The Mountain is a 1951 film starring the comedy team of Abbott and Costello.

Plot

Theatrical agent Al Stewart has successfully booked his client, Dorothy McCoy, "The Manhattan Hillbilly", at a New York nightclub. He has also booked an inept escape artist, The Great Wilbert, at the same location. During his performance, Wilbert cannot escape from his shackles and screams for help. Dorothy recognizes Wilbert's shrill scream as the "McCoy clan yell". More evidence of Wilbert's heritage, namely a photograph and concertina, are found in his dressing room, and prove that he is the long-lost grandson of "Squeeze Box" McCoy, leader of the McCoy clan. Granny McCoy has been looking for Wilbert, as she will reveal where Squeeze Box hid his gold to "kinfolk" only. Al, Dorothy and Wilbert head to Kentucky, and Granny recounts the story of the McCoy-Winfield feud that began over 60 years ago. The McCoys choose Wilbert to represent them against Devil Dan Winfield in a turkey shoot. Wilbert has never even seen a gun before, and his carelessness leads to a revival of the feud.

Granny informs Wilbert that even though he is Squeeze Box's kin, he must get married before the location of the gold can be revealed. Wilbert proposes to Dorothy, who declines because she is in love with Clark Winfield. Wilbert then goes to Aunt Huddy to obtain a love potion to use on Dorothy. While obtaining the potion, Huddy and Wilbert make voodoo dolls of each other and proceed to stick pins in them, which inflicts pain in the other person. After finally obtaining the potion, Wilbert gets on Huddy's broom (complete with windshield and wipers), flies through the door and crashes into a tree.

The potion initially works well, as Dorothy does fall for Wilbert, but then everyone gets a sip of the concoction and falls in love. The potion's effects eventually fade, and Clark and Dorothy prepare to marry. The Winfield clan soon arrives ready for a fight, during which a stray bullet breaks the love potion jar, leading Devil Dan to taste it and fall for Wilbert. Soon afterwards, a map leading to the treasure is found in Wilbert's concertina. Devil Dan helps them enter the mine, where they eventually break through the rock, finding themselves in a vault filled with gold. Armed guards arrive to arrest the hapless treasure seekers, who have just broken into the United States Bullion Depository at Fort Knox.

Cast

Production

Comin' Round the Mountain was filmed from January 15 through February 12, 1951 and shot almost entirely in sequence.[3]

Routines

  • You're forty, she's Ten, first seen in Buck Privates, was included in this film. This is how it goes:

"Age has got everything to do with it. Say you're forty, and you're in love with a little girl that's ten."

"That's ridiculous!"

"You are four times as old as that little girl. Say you wait five more years. You're forty-five, she's fifteen. Now you're only three times as old as that little girl. You wait another fifteen years. She's thirty, you're sixty. Now you're only twice as old as that little girl. Now, how long will it take for you and the little girl to be the same age?"

"That's ridiculous! She'll pass me by. Then, she'll have to wait for me!"

"Why should she wait for you?"

"I was nice enough to wait for her!"

Home media

This film has been released twice on DVD. The first time, on The Best of Abbott and Costello Volume Three, on August 3, 2004, and again on October 28, 2008 as part of Abbott and Costello: The Complete Universal Pictures Collection.

References

  1. ^ Furmanek p 213
  2. ^ 'The Top Box Office Hits of 1951', Variety, January 2, 1952
  3. ^ Furmanek, Bob and Ron Palumbo (1991). Abbott and Costello in Hollywood. New York: Perigee Books. ISBN 978-0-399-51605-4
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