Pardon My Sarong
VHS Cover
Directed by Erle C. Kenton
Produced by
Written by
Music by Charles Previn
Editing by Arthur Hilton
Distributed by Universal Pictures
Release date(s) August 7, 1942 (1942-08-07)
Running time 84 min
Language English
Budget $400,000

Pardon My Sarong is a 1942 comedy film starring Abbott and Costello.


Tommy Layton (Robert Paige), a wealthy bachelor, rents a city bus and rides it from Chicago to Los Angeles. Once there he intends to participate in a yacht race to Hawaii. The drivers of the bus, Algy (Bud Abbott) and Wellington (Lou Costello), are then chased by a detective (William Demarest) who was hired by the bus company. They escape capture by driving the bus off a fishing pier. Layton, who is on his yacht already, rescues them and hires them as his crew for the race. A competitor of his in the race, Joan Marshall (Virginia Bruce) has fired his original crew without his knowledge. He enacts revenge by kidnapping her and taking her along on the race.

While on course to Hawaii, they encounter a hurricane and land on an uncharted island, which is also the home of Dr. Varnoff (Lionel Atwill), a mysterious scientist. The island natives mistake Wellington as a legendary hero and inform him that he must marry Princess Luana (Nan Wynn). Meanwhile, Varnoff's plan is to cause the volcano to erupt in order to trick the tribe into giving them their sacred jewel. The natives send Wellington (and the jewel) to the volcano to defeat the evil spirit of the volcano. Varnoff chases him to the volcano, where they are defeated by Wellington and Algy.


Pardon My Sarong was filmed at Mayfair Productions from March 2 through April 28, 1942. The film's original draft, dated July 19, 1941, was titled Road to Montezuma.[1]

The Ink Spots performed in this movie with tenor Deek Watson playing trumpet on the song Shout Brother Shout. The famous dance group "Tip, Tap, and Toe" danced during the night club scene. However, Maria Montez's scenes were eventually cut from the film.

World premiereEdit

The film premiered in Costello's hometown of Paterson, New Jersey at a benefit for St. Anthony's Church.

Box officeEdit

This film went on to be Universal's top grosser of 1942 bringing in $2.2 million according to Variety.

DVD releaseEdit

This film has been released twice on DVD. The first time, on The Best of Abbott and Costello Volume One, on February 10, 2004, and again on October 28, 2008 as part of Abbott and Costello: The Complete Universal Pictures Collection.


  1. Furmanek, Bob and Ron Palumbo (1991). Abbott and Costello in Hollywood. New York: Perigee Books. ISBN 0-399-51605-0

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