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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
The Andrews Sisters ... The Andrews Sisters
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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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Taglines:

YOUR FAVORITE FUNSTERS give you more merriment than in 'BUCK PRIVATES" or 'IN THE NAVY"...with their merriest cast! (original ad) See more »


Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »

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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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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

Joan Davis was not available for all of the retakes, particularly an end gag in the tavern/nightclub. But, because her back is to the camera for one shot at the end of the tavern money counting scenes, it was assumed that this was not Davis but a double. However, according to "Hold That Ghost: The Complete Filmscript," which utilized studio records, Davis was on hand for retakes during that sequence. In the rush to complete the retakes she just happened to be facing the wrong way. See more »

Goofs

When Harry Hoskins, the driver of the car that is to take everyone to the hotel, is introducing Camille Brewster to the pair, he indicates the wrong man as he says each of their names. See more »

Quotes

Camille: [after tasting the soup] Like mother used to make... It stinks!
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Connections

Referenced in Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948) See more »

Soundtracks

Aurora
(uncredited)
Written by Mário Lago and Roberto Roberti (1940)
English lyrics by Harold Adamson (1941)
Played by Ted Lewis and His Orchestra (as Ted Lewis' Orchestra) and sung by The Andrews Sisters at the new health spa
Played as background music at the end
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Solid A&C Entry
12 May 2012 | by dougdoepkeSee all my reviews

The boys inherit a spooky old house with money hidden somewhere inside. Now if only they can find the money before the bad guys do.

I love that spastic dance routine Lou does with Joan Davis. She's a perfect comedic counterpart to Costello, and for me, their bits together are the film's highlights. This is an early A&C effort, and it shows with their spirited performances. It's also one of their better screenplays. Putting them in an old dark house provides all sorts of loony possibilities, like the levitating candles and the fluffy ghost. Carlson and Ankers provide a good normal contrast to the madcap antics, but surprisingly Ankers only gets one lung-bursting scream of the sort she was famous for. Also, catch a more subdued version of the Andrews Sisters, which disappointed me since I was expecting their usual finger-snapping jive. Nonetheless, it's a solid entry for A&C fans.


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