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Hold That Ghost (1941)

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 ... Doctor 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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

THOSE SLAP-HAPPY SCREAMSTERS GO A'HAUNTING! (original print ad - all caps) See more »


Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
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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 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

Ferdie: I called 42 Oh, Chucks and you didn't come in.
Chuck: I came in as soon as you hollered "Oh, Chuck!"
Ferdie: From now on, don't wait for me to say "Oh, Chuck!" Get in here on the "Oh!"
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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

When My Baby Smiles at Me
(1920) (uncredited)
Music by Bill Munro
Lyrics by Ted Lewis & Andrew B. Sterling
Played during the opening credits
Played by Ted Lewis and His Orchestra (as Ted Lewis' Orchestra) and sung by Ted Lewis at the nightclub
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JOAN DAVIS steals the show in this fun romp!
10 July 2013 | by orgelkraftSee all my reviews

I was fortunate enough to see this movie on the big screen at a film festival, in the dark as intended. It is a fun romp for 86 minutes. I think the spooky atmosphere doesn't translates as well to the small screen.. but it's still a treat.

Joan Davis (I Married Joan) steals the show! She was a physical comedy genius. It's too bad her heart problem prevented her from making more for us to enjoy. I agree that this is not the BEST of the Abbott & Costello movies, but it is still one of their great ones.

Made in the days before television, I like to think of these more as a TV series for the theater. This movie would have been part of an entertainment package presented at a movie palace. A very different experience than the typical movie theater you will find at the mall now.


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