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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.

Director:

Arthur Lubin

Writers:

Robert Lees (screenplay), Frederic I. Rinaldo (screenplay) (as Fred Rinaldo) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Bud Abbott ... Chuck Murray
Lou Costello ... Ferdinand Jones
Richard Carlson ... Dr. Jackson
Joan Davis ... Camille Brewster
Mischa Auer ... Gregory
Evelyn Ankers ... Norma Lind
Marc Lawrence ... Charlie Smith
Shemp Howard ... Soda Jerk
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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Here's That ALL-AMERICAN LAUGH TEAM! (original ad) See more »


Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 August 1941 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Don't Look Now See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$190,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Universal Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

In two street scenes in the Universal Picture Frisco Lil (1942) a theater marquee is seen. "Hold That Ghost: is the movie shown as now playing at the theater. See more »

Goofs

When Ferdie and Camille do their comedy "dance" routine to the "Blue Danube", they're supposedly listening to it on the 78-rpm record played on an old-fashioned acoustical phonograph--but the sound quality of the music is identical to that of the rest of the soundtrack, without the tinny sound and scratchy background noise of a real 1941 (or earlier) record played on that sort of equipment. See more »

Quotes

Ferdie: Somebody blew out my candle!
Chuck: That was the wind.
Ferdie: Since when does the wind eat garlic?
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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 »

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Referenced in Jennifer 8 (1992) See more »

Soundtracks

Me and My Shadow
(1927) (uncredited)
Written by Al Jolson, Billy Rose and Dave Dreyer
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 opsbooksSee 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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