In an abandoned hotel, idle ghosts get drunk, play slot machines and line up for their relief checks. Two chimpanzees and their big mopey dog venture inside. The ghosts are thrilled at this new opportunity for mischief.

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In an abandoned hotel, idle ghosts get drunk, play slot machines and line up for their relief checks. Two chimpanzees and their big, mopey dog venture inside. The ghosts are thrilled at this new opportunity for mischief. A ghostly hand comes out of the wall and snatches Jill, the girl chimp. Jock, the boy chimp, and the dog separate to go look for her. The dog finds a ghostly fire hydrant that changes to a cat. Jock finds a ghost who taunts him with a cowbell and a trumpet. The dog will suffer electric shock from a light fixture and Jock will dodge gunfire from a battleship before they find Jill and make their escape. Written by J. Spurlin

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7 September 1938 (USA)  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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This cartoon is included as a bonus on Universal's 1998 video release of The Ivory-Handled Gun (1935). The packaging only boasts a "vintage cartoon," but does not name the film. See more »

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Jill: Help! Help! Help! Help!
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Decent Intermediate Lantz
25 October 2010 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

Oswald the Lucky Rabbit having largely disappeared form the ken of animators at this point, Walter Lantz was at seas in what direction to move. Disney was ramping up feature production, Schlesinger was finally stepping up to the plate with manic offerings from Clampett and Avery with fine work from Freleng and Tashlin. Mintz was sputtering his way out, even as his animators turned out an occasional brilliant work, Harman & Ising were still going nowhere, Terry was still idling and Fred (Beedlebaum) Quimby was starting to assemble his staff at MGM.

So here was Lantz with no star, looking for one. He tried Kiko the Kangaroo. Here he tried a couple of monkeys. Nothing worked. It wouldn't be until the following year that Andy Panda showed up with an actual personality and two years until Woody Woodpecker. So what happens here? The nominal supporting cast of ghosts steal this cartoon.

The ghosts are malevolent, imaginative and just plain silly. If the animation in this short lacks any sense of weight, well, for ghosts that works. And the sight gags are good. A nice little funny/scary Halloween cartoon.


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