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Ride 'Em Cowboy (1942)



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Abbott and Costello are in top form in this comedy, made at the height of their first wave of popularity. It involves all manner of hijinks out West, the funniest of which has Costello trying to rein in a wild horse. As with all their early films, the cast is rounded out by a pair of romantic leads, and songs break up the slapstick. Normally these elements are less than satisfactory, but this time they feel better integrated into the film than usual. Only one sketch fails to deliver: a sequence involving an outdoor pool is forced and illogical. But the other sketches compensate just fine.