Abbott and Costello Go to Mars
Howard Christie for Universal
directed by Charles Lamont
starring Bud Abbott, Lou Costello, Mari Blanchard, Robert Paige, Horace McMahon, Martha Hyer, Jack Kruschen, Joe Kirk, Jean Willes, Anita Ekberg, James Flavin, Jacke Loughery, Ruth Hampton, Valerie Jackson, Renate Hoy, Jeanne Thompson, Jeri Miller, Judy Hatula, Elsa Edsman
story by D.D. Beauchamp, Howard Christie, screenplay by D.D. Beauchamp, John Grant, music by Henry Mancini, Milton Rosen, Herman Stein
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Somehow, Bud Abbott and Lou Costello get caught in a rocketship, launch
it by accident, and land in New Orleans during Mardi Gras. They believe
they have landed on Mars though, and all the people in bizarre masks and
outfits do little to nothing to make them think otherwise. Then out heroes
stumble uponm two escaped convicts (Horace McMahon, Harry Kruschen) who
force them to take them to Mars at gunpoint.
Somehow though, the
rocketship takes everyone to Venus, a planet entirely populated by
beautiful women, led by man-hating queen Allura (Mari Blanchard). For some
reason, Allura finds Costello cute though, and she makes him her king.
However, when she catches him thinking of other women (how is he not to,
witht he whole planet being populated by beautiful girls?), she decides
it's best to send all the men back to earth - where Abbott and Costello
get a heroes' welcome, while the convicts get a nice cell.
many, Abbott and Costello Go to Mars is the worst film the duo has
ever made - but though I'm anything but a fan of the two, I think this
judgement is rather harsh, this film is nowhere near as abysmal as Jack
and the Beanstalk or as repetitive as Abbott
and Costello in the Foreign Legion, to only name two examples.
Sure, the plot is as childish as it is inconsequential, but at least
Abbott and Costello are allowed a bit of room for character development,
character-motivation even. Plus, while most of their routines are not
really funny, they are at least not extended endlessly or repeated
incessantly throughout the movie. Also, a few nice supporting players that
are more than just a backdrop for the boys' tired shenanigans don't hurt
the movie one bit either.
That all said, Abbott and Costello Go to
Mars is far from a classic, it's just half as bad as I expected it to