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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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Camille Brewster
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Charlie Smith
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Russell Hicks ...
Bannister
William B. Davidson ...
Moose Matson (as William Davidson)
Ted Lewis ...
Ted Lewis
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Storyline

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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Passed | See all certifications »

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8 August 1941 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Don't Look Now  »

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Budget:

$190,000 (estimated)
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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

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 Ferdie leaves his bedroom to go out into the hall to see who was knocking at his door, the door slams behind him. He turns around, tries the handle and pushes the door, yells, "It's locked!" and runs across the hall to Chuck's room. However, when he initially pushed on the door it clearly opened several inches; he pulled it shut, turned the handle one more time and it again opened an inch or two. It was then he yelled "It's locked!" and ran off. See more »

Quotes

Camille: You boys ready to leave?
Ferdie: I was ready to leave when he put the key in the front door to come in!
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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 Bud Abbott Lou Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948) See more »

Soundtracks

The Blue Danube Waltz
(1867) (uncredited)
Music by Johann Strauß
Played on a record
Danced to by Lou Costello and Joan Davis
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Ab-bb-ott! Was that a ghost?
9 November 2003 | by (Muskogee OK) – See all my reviews

Arthur Lubin directs this scary comedy with Abbott and Costello inheriting a gangster's abandoned piece of property. A haunted house? Some guys have all the luck. Well paced funny script complete with stormy atmosphere. Hilarious and a little spooky. Joan Davis is a scene stealer. Others in support: Richard Carlson, Evelyn Ankers and Marc Lawrence. Classic Abbott and Costello.


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