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Hold That Ghost (1941)

Passed | | Adventure, Comedy, Music | 8 August 1941 (USA)
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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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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Here's That ALL-AMERICAN LAUGH TEAM! (original ad) 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

In two street scenes in the Universal Picture Frisco Lil (1942) a theater marquee is seen. "Hold That Ghost: is the movie shown as now playing at the theater. See more »

Goofs

After the crooks in the car shoot at him, Ferdie has 3 bullet holes in his hat. In the next scene at Hoskins' bus, the holes are gone. 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 »

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Referenced in Jennifer 8 (1992) See more »

Soundtracks

Aurora
(uncredited)
Written by Mário Lago and Roberto Roberti (1940)
English lyrics by Harold Adamson (1941)
Played by Ted Lewis and His Orchestra (as Ted Lewis' Orchestra) and sung by Patty Andrews, Maxene Andrews and Laverne Andrews at the new health spa
Played as background music at the end
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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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