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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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THOSE SLAP-HAPPY SCREAMSTERS GO A'HAUNTING! (original print ad - all caps) 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

Universal Pictures production number 1118. 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 »

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Ted Lewis: Is everybody happy?
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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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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 Patty Andrews, Maxene Andrews and Laverne Andrews at the nightclub
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A childhood favorite
27 October 2003 | by (Ft. Worth, TX, USA) – See all my reviews

Even as a little kid, it always annoyed me when the other kids would always hate this when I showed this to them right from the start solely because it was a black-and-white movie. I liked it a lot more as a little kid, but this is still a fun movie in a lot of respects. The one thing that I don't like about it makes me squirm more than ever today: The Andrews Sisters! But, oh, well, that was some real happening music back then, and there are people young and old today that like that kind of stuff, so I'll leave it alone. As far as the movie goes, it's a fun horror spoof of those "old, dark house" movies. I saw "Ghost Breakers" later on (a film that seemed to be imitating this) and hated it, but this one's still the real deal. I've always had a place in my heart for the works of Abbott and Costello, and they're in great comic form here. In the film, they inherit the house of a dead gangster and find some interesting and freaky surprises inside when they end up spending the night there with a handful of other guests while trapped by rainy weather and flooded-out roads. What amazes me is that "Hold That Ghost" seems to never get reviews in the review books I pick up, as if there's something about it that makes people want to avoid it for review. Maybe it's because some would probably find some political incorrectness about it, but I don't really see a problem here. The movie was made in 1941, so give it some slack! "Hold That Ghost" is still funny and entertaining, and I would recommend it to many looking for a classic horror-comedy to just sit back and enjoy.


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