One Night in the Tropics

Synopsis: Jim "Lucky" Moore (Allan Jones), an insurance salesman, comes up with a novel policy for his friend, Steve (Robert Cummings): a 'love insurance policy', that will pay out $1-million if Steve does not marry his fiancée, Cynthia (Nancy Kelly). The upcoming marriage is jeopardized by Steve's ex-girlfriend, Mickey (Peggy Moran), and Cynthia's disapproving Aunt Kitty. The policy is underwritten by a nightclub owner, Roscoe (William Frawley), who sends two enforcers - Abbott and Costello - to ensure that the wedding occurs as planned. Everyone involved in the situation winds up sailing or flying to San Marcos (a fictional South American country), where another complication arises, when Lucky falls for Cynthia. Lucky winds up marrying Cynthia, but Roscoe does not have to pay the $1-million because Steve ends up marrying Mickey.
Genre: Comedy, Music
Production: Universal
  1 nomination.
82 min

He begs your pardon.

He's terribly sorry. Look, Steve,

I'm terribly worried about you.

Huh? I've never seen you

take love like this before.

Oh, I've never been in love with

a girl like Cynthia. Oh, Cynthia.

Well, I'm not against marriage

as an institution,

but as a husband

you'll still be a chaser.

Wait'll you meet Cynthia.

Bet you 10-to-1 you fall

out of love as fast as you fell in.

Oh, just... just wait till

you meet Cynthia. I can wait.

If we live that long.

Say, look at all the couples.

Pick out any pair

that looks happy.

Then ask the husband

if he's ever chased.

I can't ask personal questions

of strangers.

Bet you a hundred bucks.

Oh, it's a bet?


Oh, well, let's do it.

Uh, excuse us, but, uh,

we're, um...

Uh, we're taking,

uh, a Gallup poll.

Of marriage.


We assume that you're

both happily married.

Oh, divinely.



Oh. Uh...

Thank you.

They're both happily

married, but, uh,

not to each other.

Now it's my turn.

I beg your pardon. Do you mind

if I ask you a personal question?

No. Uh, happily married, of course.

Of course.

Before you were married, uh,

did you ever chase?

Why, you rat.

Oh, you wanna play, eh?

Please don't do this! He has to

meet Cynthia! Get outta here! Go on!

Oh, no, you don't!

Stop this fighting.

I-I beg your pardon.

I beg...

I never give anything to beggars.

Young man, you have probably

splintered my sacroiliac.

To say nothing of Chi Chi's. I've

been bumping into things all night.

That is no excuse.

When's your birthday?

May 12. But I never

expect presents, really.

May. Two, four, seven.

Well, it's a very fortunate thing

we're strangers. Our numbers clash.

Young man,

you spell trouble for me.

I-I didn't get what you said.

Your vibrations. Your vibrations!

Young man, I hope I shall never have

the pleasure of meeting you again.

Oh, thank you. Thank you.

Why don't you go away?

New York. Crowded, isn't it? May the 12th!


Chi Chi doesn't like you either.

That's funny. I usually get along

better with dogs than with anybody...

Odd place to check your hat.

Too bad your head wasn't in it.

Now look here! I don't know

you and you don't know me!

We'll be out of here in a few

minutes, even if I was born on May 12.

Stop playing

with those buttons!

There, now.

You've broken it.

I did nothing of the sort!

Don't tell me! I saw you do it!

You're bad luck to me. This elevator

will be out of order while you're in it!

Is that so? Then there's only

one thing for me to do!

Now what are you doing?

Taking a hint.

You... Oh!

Oh! Oh!

Aah! Help! Help!

Help.! Help.!

Oh, Cynthia.

Steve, what have you done,

taken up street sweeping?

Yes, I...

Oh, I...

Well, it's a nice hobby.

At least it keeps you

out in the open.

Oh, Cynthia.

You like it?

It just came, and I

couldn't wait to try it on.

Oh, Cynthia!


Can't you say anything

but "Oh, Cynthia"?

Oh, I forgot. You shouldn't

be seeing me in this.

I never wanna see anything else.

But it's bad luck.

I have to change it.

Oh, say, darling,

what happened to Lucky?


Lucky. You know, the best man.

Oh, he got delayed a little.

Oh, I see.

Where's your aunt? She went

for a drive, but she'll be back.

There she is. Go and open

the door for her, will you?

Hope to make a hit with her.

You will. She'll love you.

Oh! Cynthia!

Oh, Cynthia!

Oh, Aunt Kitty!

What's the matter?

That... That man.

Yes, that's Steve. You've been wanting

to meet him. This is my Aunt Kitty.

Well, uh... What's the

matter with everybody?

Is that the man you're

going to marry? Well, yes.

What are you staring at?

Has he got two heads?

He knocked me down the

street, he broke the elevator,

he abandoned me between floors

and he was born on May 12.

Is that your idea

of making a good impression?

Oh, I don't feel well.

Oh! Chi Chi!

Now he's sitting on Chi Chi.

Dog murderer!

I didn't even see the mutt!

Why don't you run around

with something your own size?

Cynthia, get my things. I can't

stay in this house another moment!

Oh, now, Aunt Kitty.

Don't get yourself in a snit.

Steve'll go. Couldn't we perhaps

be more reasonable about this?

It's just a silly accident after all.

Get that man

out of this house.

Come on, "that man. "

An exit is indicated.

I've never seen anybody make

a more interesting impression.

Well, that isn't how I feel.

Oh, Cynthia.

What's the matter with her? Why,

nothing, darling. She's just getting on.

You know, when a woman reaches 40... 40?

I'll bet you 50

she'll never see 60 again.

Is that so?

Never attempt to see or communicate

with my niece again.

The marriage is off! Definitely off!

Oh, Aunt Kitty, he didn't mean

that. Aunt Kitty, I didn't mean...


Oh, Cynthia.

I-I-It's off.

You bet your life it's off.

Definitely off!

- Striking an officer, eh?

- I assure you, Your Honor, it was an accident.

Does that look

like an accident?


How do you plead?

Oh, guilty, of course.

"Of course"? Do you realize you're

in for a fine, and a large one?

Make it as large as you like.

It won't come out of my pocket.

It'll come out of somebody's.

Certainly. The insurance company's.


Queer kind of insurance.

Not at all. My company'll insure

anything from teapots to television.

- Hey, what about the charge here?

- Quiet.

I bet there's one thing

you've never insured.

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