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Lost in Alaska (1952)

Two volunteer firemen rescue a gold prospector from suicide. However, once they discover that the police mistakenly want them for murder, they travel with the prospector to Alaska to help ... See full summary »

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Jean Yarbrough

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Elwood Ullman (story), Martin Ragaway (as Martin A. Ragaway) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Bud Abbott ... Tom Watson
Lou Costello ... George Bell
Mitzi Green ... Rosette
Tom Ewell ... Nugget Joe McDermott
Bruce Cabot ... Jake Stillman
Emory Parnell ... Sherman
Jack Ingram ... Henchman
Rex Lease ... Old-Timer
Joe Kirk Joe Kirk ... Henchman (as Joseph Kirk)
Minerva Urecal ... Mrs. McGillicuddy
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Two volunteer firemen rescue a gold prospector from suicide. However, once they discover that the police mistakenly want them for murder, they travel with the prospector to Alaska to help chase his girl. Once they arrive, the men discover that most of the town wants the prospector dead. It's up to Abbot and Costello to keep him alive, or else San Francisco is ready to hang them for the murder. Written by VonCouch

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The Northern Lights Have Never Seen Funnier Sights! See more »

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Adventure | Comedy

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

August 1952 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Abbott & Costello Alaskassa See more »

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Budget:

$672,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Lou Costello's character is named after Alexander Graham Bell, inventor of the telephone, and Bud Abbott's is named after Bell's assistant, Thomas Watson. See more »

Goofs

In the scene where Bud and Lou are ice fishing, an off-camera seal barks and Costello ad libs: "Somebody got a car up here, driving?" But the film is set in the 1890s, before the automotive era. See more »

Quotes

Tom Watson: Nugget Joe, you've got everything in the world to live for. The richest gold mine in Alaska. Why with that kind of money, you can get any kind of girl you want. Why worry about that one girl?
Nugget Joe McDermott: I don't want any girl. I want Rosette.
George Bell: I want to go to sleep! I'm tired.
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Connections

References Destry Rides Again (1939) See more »

Soundtracks

A Hot Time in the Igloo Tonight
Music by Henry Mancini
Sung by Mitzi Green
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Truth is, it's just poor fodder as their star begins to dim.
4 March 2008 | by SpikeopathSee all my reviews

Abbott and Costello's 50s offerings do nothing other than make you hanker for the halcyon days of the 40s where their best efforts are to be found. Sure there are a couple of decent films in the 50s such as Meet Jekyll/Hyde & The Mummy, but in the main you sense the boys are tired, you sense that the once glowing genius is a shadow of its former self, we sense right because it's true, never more so proved than with this barely average piece.

There are a couple of decent scenes in here, and sure enough the pratfalling antics off Costello will raise a smile, but the writing doesn't give them much to work with, the co stars are suitably bored with the plot, and the biggest crime of all is that we don't get a remotely mirthful ending to save the picture.

5/10 out of loyalty to a couple of comic geniuses going thru the motions, oh and a crab that stole the film.


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