The Good Humor Of Abbott And Costello: “Hit the Ice”

The one-liners are what you’d expect: wholly trivial, sometimes hokey, usually funny.  The sight gags are wild and punchy and usually entertaining.  Hit the Ice (1943) is probably more of a musical than a comedy-team farce ought to be: singer and recording star Ginny Simms belts out a lot of numbers.  But the numbers are nicely digestible and never upstage the comedy. . . I couldn’t help thinking that Hit the Ice was headed for an unhappy ending, at the expense (of course) of the Lou Costello character, but no such oddity emerges.  Nothing truly cruel would be hitting the boys.  This is just like any other comedy-team farce, only funnier than many of them.

Hit the Ice (film)
Hit the Ice (film) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

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