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Hit the Ice (1943)

Passed | | Comedy, Crime, Music | 2 June 1943 (USA)
Two newspaper photographers get mixed up with gangsters at a ski resort.

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Peggy Osborne
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Buster (as Joseph Sawyer)
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Flash Fulton (Bud Abbott) and Weejie McCoy (Lou Costello) take pictures of a bank robbery. Lured to the mountain resort hideout of the robbers and accompanied by Dr. Bill Elliott (Patric Knowles) and Peggy Osborn (Elyse Knox), they also meet old friend Johnny Long (Johnny Long) and his band and singer Marcia Manning (Ginny Simms). Dr. Elliott and Peggy are being held in a remote cabin by the robbers, but Weejie rescues them by turning himself into a human snowball that becomes an avalanche that engulfs the crooks. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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The Laughs Fall Thick as Snowflakes, as Abbott and Costello Go From Chasing Girls to Chasing Gangsters at a Gay Winter Resort! See more »

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Comedy | Crime | Music

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2 June 1943 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Oh Doctor  »

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Goofs

When Flash and Tubby arrive at the ski cabin, you can see their shadows on the trees in the backdrop behind them. See more »

Quotes

Weejie 'Tubby' McCoy: Hey! Where's the fire?
Mac: In your eyes.
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Soundtracks

I'm Like a Fish Out of Water
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Music by Harry Revel
Lyrics by Paul Francis Webster
Played on the train by Johnny Long and His Orchestra (uncredited) and sung by the Four Teens (uncredited) and Ginny Simms (uncredited)
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All Right!
1 May 2005 | by (Derby, UK) – See all my reviews

I've always liked this Abbott & Costello outing, probably ranking it just in their top ten - but I really don't know why! The story is so contrived and abounding with plot leaps and non-sequiteurs I wonder what everyone was thinking about in the making and release of this. I think it must be the fun and inconsequential atmosphere created so effortlessly by Universal studios during the War that brings me back to re-watch Hit The Ice every few years, along with my love of A&C of course.

Basically: 2 photographers are mixed up in bank robbery, the main perp of which is laid up as ill in hospital as an alibi. His doctor is going to Sun Valley to take up a new post, so the gangsters tag along with him taking the suspicious nurse in tow - plus A&C trying to clear their names. Ignoring all the plot inanities along the way, this would be a pleasant but ordinary comedy with ditto songs - which were beautifully produced and evocative of the time, but not very catchy. But A&C's packing and re-packing the grip routine still holds up well even with the overly childish conclusion to it. It's also a film that can be watched credulously at 10 years old, in middle age the link to the Keystone Kops is sadly more apparent - who finds them a Laugh Riot nowadays? On the other hand compared to Blazing Saddles (the personal yardstick that I regularly use to gauge the worth of various films) this is a beautiful work of Art - seriously!

So the bottom line is if like me you can overlook plot and you like A&C then you'll do alright, if not, well, it's definitely not their best anyway!


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