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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.

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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 along with several other strangers. Written by Daniel Bubbeo <dbubbeo@cmp.com>

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THOSE FUNATICS ARE HERE AGAIN! Your blues won't stand a ghost of a chance! (original ad) See more »


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Passed | See all certifications »

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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 Ferdie and Camille 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 »

Quotes

Ferdie: Oh a bed, that's just what I need, a nice big bed to hide under.
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Crazy Credits

Although the Andrews Sisters are credited onscreen only as a group, Ted Lewis (I) identifies each of them orally. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Jennifer 8 (1992) See more »

Soundtracks

The Blue Danube Waltz
(1867) (uncredited)
Music by Johann Strauss
Played on a record
Danced to by Lou Costello and Joan Davis
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Just saw the newly restored print on the big screen
1 November 2003 | by (New Jersey, Earth) – See all my reviews

This is still just as good as the first time I saw it in the 1950's. Just saw it on the big screen at the Loews Jersey City, one of the last of the great movie palaces in the New York/New Jersey area. What a thrill! It was introduced by his daughter Chris Costello, who answered questions about her father and about Bud Abbott (both born in New Jersey, by the way). Fans of A&B should also visit the Lou Costello memorial on Cianci Street in Paterson right near the Great Falls.


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