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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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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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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

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

Ferdie: When I said gone with the wind, I should've said never the twain shall meet.
Camille: What twain?
Ferdie: The twain on twat twee.
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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 Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948) 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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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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