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Hold That Ghost (1941)

Passed  |   |  Adventure, Comedy, Music  |  8 August 1941 (USA)
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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 »

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Camille Brewster
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Russell Hicks ...
Bannister
William B. Davidson ...
Moose Matson (as William Davidson)
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Ted Lewis
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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>

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A-HAUNTING WE WILL GO! Your blues won't stand a ghost of a chance...as they top "Buck Privates" and "In the Navy."! (original poster) See more »


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8 August 1941 (USA)  »

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Don't Look Now  »

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$190,000 (estimated)
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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This film went into production under the title "Oh Charlie!" as Bud Abbott and Lou Costello's second feature film and follow-up to their wildly successful Buck Privates (1941). Production was completed in February 1941 just as "Buck Privates" was breaking box office records across the country, and Universal was worried that the new scare comedy had no real connection to the first hit (preview audiences reportedly asked where The Andrews Sisters were). A nervous studio decided to shelve "Oh Charlie!" and rework it at a future date and concentrated instead on pushing a new service comedy, In the Navy (1941), through production as the team's next feature. Upon completion of "In the Navy," this film went back into production in May 1941 as "Hold That Ghost" with the addition of the opening and closing nightclub scenes (which added Mischa Auer, Ted Lewis, The Andrews Sisters and musical numbers to the proceedings). The new scenes required a rewriting and reworking of the existing footage. Joan Davis, who had by that time reported to 20th Century-Fox for a role in Sun Valley Serenade (1941), was unavailable for the re-shoots and had to be written out of the new scenes (including the new nightclub finale). See more »

Goofs

When Moose Matson pulls up to the gas station that Chuck and Ferdie work at, his front license plate is of a white color. But when the police are chasing him in the same car, the license plate is clearly black. See more »

Quotes

Ted Lewis: Is everybody happy?
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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

Referenced in Duck Dodgers: The Mark of Xero/I See Duck People (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

When My Baby Smiles at Me
(1920) (uncredited)
Music by Bill Munro
Lyrics by Ted Lewis & 'Andrew Sterling (II)'
Played during the opening credits
Played by Ted Lewis and His Orchestra (as Ted Lewis' Orchestra) and sung by Ted Lewis at the nightclub
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Riotous farce, one of the duo's best
21 May 2003 | by (California) – See all my reviews

This combination of haunted house scares and A&C slapstick works terrifically, for several reasons--the supporting cast is first-rate, and Joan Davis proved to be the best comic foil Costello ever had, their scenes together sparkle and their chemistry is undeniable; the boys' timing, always a marvel, has seldom been better; and, as in their best film, "A&C Meet Frankenstein," the spooky elements are played exactly that way, and not for laughs, and it works as well as it did in that film. Also, it doesn't have the cheaper, rushed look that many of their later ones had, and director Arthur Lubin--responsible for some of the team's best pictures--keeps things running very smoothly. The boys showcase some of their classic routines, Joan Davis is a joy to watch, the Andrews Sisters' songs don't slow things down ("Aurora" is actually a bright, catchy little number); all combine to make this one of the best Abbott & Costello films. Don't miss it.


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