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Hold That Ghost (1941)

Passed | | Adventure, Comedy, Music | 8 August 1941 (USA)
After inheriting a fortune from a gangster, two dim-witted service station attendants find themselves stranded in a haunted house.

Director:

Arthur Lubin

Writers:

Robert Lees (screenplay), Frederic I. Rinaldo (screenplay) (as Fred Rinaldo) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Bud Abbott ... Chuck Murray
Lou Costello ... Ferdinand Jones
Richard Carlson ... Dr. Jackson
Joan Davis ... Camille Brewster
Mischa Auer ... Gregory
Evelyn Ankers ... Norma Lind
Marc Lawrence ... Charlie Smith
Shemp Howard ... Soda Jerk
Russell Hicks ... Bannister
William B. Davidson ... Moose Matson (as William Davidson)
Ted Lewis ... Ted Lewis
The Andrews Sisters ... The Andrews Sisters
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Storyline

Two bumbling service station attendants are left as the sole beneficiaries in a gangster's will. Their trip to claim their fortune is sidetracked when they are stranded in a haunted house along with several other strangers. Written by Daniel Bubbeo <dbubbeo@cmp.com>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

THOSE FUNATICS ARE HERE AGAIN! Forget the News! Shake the Blues! (original poster) See more »


Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 August 1941 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Don't Look Now See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$190,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Universal Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Universal Pictures production #1118. See more »

Goofs

When Harry Hoskins, the driver of the car that is to take everyone to the hotel, is introducing Camille Brewster to the pair, he indicates the wrong man as he says each of their names. See more »

Quotes

Ferdie: He's all tied up and he's got a something in his mouth.
Chuck: He had a gag in his mouth.
Ferdie: If he did he never got a chance to tell it.
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Crazy Credits

The opening credits show animated figures representing Abbott and Costello being chased by a giant white flying ghost, whose body morphs into Abbott's and Costello's names and then into the title of the film. See more »

Connections

Featured in Ebert Presents: At the Movies: Episode #2.21 (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

Sleepy Serenade
(1941) (uncredited)
Music by Lou Singer
Lyrics by Mort Greene
Played by Ted Lewis and His Orchestra (as Ted Lewis' Orchestra) and sung by The Andrews Sisters at the nightclub
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Hold That Ghost (1941) ***
7 July 2005 | by JoeKarlosiSee all my reviews

It's nice to catch a break from the two recent "service films" that Bud and Lou made this time, as they go from army and navy men to playing two domestic, unsuccessful waiters-turned-gas station attendants. They unintentionally cross paths with a dying gangster and then become the heirs to his spooky old inn that just may contain a pile of hidden loot somewhere within it. What they didn't count on, however, is that the deceased had some scheming friends who are also hungry for the dough.

HOLD THAT GHOST is often considered close to the best film from Bud and Lou, but I'm not sure I would take it quite that far. It is a good, solid, comedy/spook show that plays on the old tried and true "haunted house" theme; and once more the boys are in top form to deliver the funnies as Abbott keeps trying to calm a very nervous Costello down as he encounters everything from dead bodies to ghosts to revolving rooms to moving candles. What helps boost this one up a notch, aside from the moody setting, is some able assistance from a good supporting cast. There's Richard Carlson as a timid scientist who's oblivious to the longing advances of the pretty Evelyn Ankers (from THE WOLF MAN), and the stand-out antics of Joan Davis, who's really an asset as she plays a "professional radio screamer" who's got some great moments with Lou Costello, including the aforementioned "moving candle" bit, and a charming little dance duet.

Oh yes, and the Andrews Sisters are back for a third time, but this time they're only used at the start and finish. Hey, what can we do? They were hugely popular at that time. And I must confess, I don't mind them concluding the show with one of their better tunes, "Aurora". *** out of ****


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