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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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William B. Davidson ...
Moose Matson (as William Davidson)
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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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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)  »

Also Known As:

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

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 »

Goofs

The candle in Camille's room is repeatedly shown to be no more than a stub. When she takes it out into the hall it is nearly a full candle again. See more »

Quotes

Camille: You sure you never heard of me? Camille Brewster?
Ferdie: No.
Camille: You must have a cheap radio.
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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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Featured in Bud Abbott and Lou Costello Meet the Monsters! (2000) See more »

Soundtracks

Me and My Shadow
(1927) (uncredited)
Written by Al Jolson, Billy Rose and Dave Dreyer
Played by Ted Lewis and His Orchestra (as Ted Lewis' Orchestra) and sung by Ted Lewis at the nightclub
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The boys back to their best, backed by a great cast!
20 January 2005 | by (Blue Mountains, Australia) – See all my reviews

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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