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 ...
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Russ Raymond, America's number one crooner, disappears and joins the Navy under the name Tommy Halstead. Dorothy Roberts, a magazine journalist, is intent on finding out what happened to ... See full summary »
Bud and Lou enlist in the army in order to escape being hauled off to jail, and soon find themselves in basic training. To their dismay, the company's drill instructor is none other than ... See full summary »
Jim "Lucky" Moore (Allan Jones), an insurance salesman, comes up with a novel policy for his friend, Steve (Robert Cummings): a 'love insurance policy', that will pay out $1-million if ... See full summary »
Two peanut vendors at a rodeo show get in trouble with their boss and hide out on a railroad train heading west. They get jobs as cowboys on a dude ranch, despite the fact that neither of ... See full summary »
A pair of bus drivers accidentally steal their own bus. With the company issuing a warrant for their arrest, they tag along with a playboy on a boat trip that finds them on a tropical island, where a jewel thief has sinister plans for them.
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Lou Costello plays a country bumpkin vacuum-cleaner salesman, working for the company run by the crooked Bud Abbott. To try to keep him under his thumb, Abbott convinces Costello that he's ... See full summary »
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
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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 »
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 »
When I said gone with the wind, I should've said never the twain shall meet.
The twain on twat twee.
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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 »
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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