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 ... See full summary »
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
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A double for 'Joan Davis', who was unavailable for re-shoots, is seen in the penultimate scene as Abbott & Costello discuss opening a nightclub. See more »
When Lou Costello and Joan Davis do their comedy "dance" routine to the "Blue Danube", they're supposedly listening to it on the 78 rpm record played on an old-fashioned acoustical phonograph - but the sound quality of the music is identical to that of the rest of the soundtrack, without the tinny sound and scratchy background noise of a real 1941 (or earlier) record played on that sort of equipment. See more »
The boys back to their best, backed by a great cast!
I watched 'Hold that Ghost' immediately after 'In the Navy' and noticed improvements in all areas. The boys, given more freedom than before and backed by some wonderful character actors, make this comedy as fresh today as when it was filmed, more than 6 decades ago. Universal, the home of horror, seemed the natural place for ghostly antics, and you'd be hard-pressed to find a dull moment in the movie.
Joan Davis was a wonderful actress and seemed to have found her natural partner in Lou. The two had same great moments together with perhaps the 'Blue Danube' sequence being the funniest. Richard Carson, in a part unlike anything he would portray a decade later, was - despite my misgivings - totally convincing as a nerd - well before that word was invented!
Olsen and Johnson of 'Hellzapoppin' fame would pay tribute to the hilarious 'Oh Chuck!' skit in their own 'Ghost Catchers' a few years later which used a similar - VERY similar! - title sequence.
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