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Hold That Ghost (1941)

Passed | | Adventure, Comedy, Music | 8 August 1941 (USA)
After inheriting a fortune from a gangster, two dim-witted service station attendants find themselves stranded in a haunted house.

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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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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

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 »

Quotes

Norma Lind: Somebody's trying to scare us out of this house.
Dr. Duncan 'Doc' Jackson: Hey, what happened to those two detectives?
Camille: Maybe they're
[makes throat cutting noise]
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Although the Andrews Sisters are credited onscreen only as a group, Ted Lewis (I) identifies each of them orally. See more »


Soundtracks

When My Baby Smiles at Me
(1920) (uncredited)
Music by Bill Munro
Lyrics by Ted Lewis & Andrew B. Sterling
Played during the opening credits
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 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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