A couple of New York firemen in the late 1890's inadvertently "rescue" a suicidal prospector and through circumstance, find themselves heading back to Alaska with him, when they have a more pressing need to get back to San Francisco, to allay suspicions that they have actually murdered him.
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 ... Henchman (as Joseph Kirk)
Minerva Urecal ... Mrs. McGillicuddy
Director: Jean Yarbrough
DivX 5 / MP3
Sub-standard, both from a comedic viewpoint and in production values. The boys never look comfortable. For the most part, it just AIN'T funny.
It does have some inspired moments, and most of them are in the first half, like the "sleeping in 2-hour shifts" routine, or Costello's response to a sign that says "Use the axe only in case of fire" ("Got a match?"). But when A&C actually do get Lost in Alaska, the comedy gets largely reduced to elementary, childish slapstick (Costello falling down on the snow a lot, etc). I did laugh a couple of times
The script and budget lets the film down. The peculiar finale isn't funny at all and when the film finishes the viewer can't help but feel there's something missing.
Really, for non-thinking A & C diehards or collectors!