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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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

THOSE FUNATICS ARE HERE AGAIN! Your blues won't stand a ghost of a chance! (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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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The Andrews Sisters were brought in after filming wrapped and the final nightclub footage was edited in after the film's completion. See more »

Goofs

The candle in Camille's room is repeatedly shown to be no more than a stub. When she takes it out into the hall it is nearly a full candle again. See more »

Quotes

Camille: What's on him, a cobweb?
Ferdie: It ain't a wedding veil.
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Crazy Credits

Although the Andrews Sisters are credited onscreen only as a group, Ted Lewis (I) identifies each of them orally. See more »


Soundtracks

The Blue Danube Waltz
(1867) (uncredited)
Music by Johann Strauss
Played on a record
Danced to by Lou Costello and Joan Davis
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Lots of fun and lots of laughs.
28 June 2003 | by TrailriderSee all my reviews

I would say that you have to be a fan of Abbott & Costello to appreciate all of the humor used in this film but this film has so much more beyond all that. The tavern that Bud and Lou inherit for example, looked so real as an old country place long abandoned. I still marvel at the exacting details used in all the sets making that tavern look like they filmed the scenes on an actual location rather than a set. I once played the organ in an old eatery that looked almost like that old Forester's Club. Lou's various comical antics are well placed in this film such as the skirmish he has with that pesky outdoor water pump or his encounters with the bedrooms that convert into gambling casinos. I also love the lines Lou had with actor William Davidson who played gangster Moose Matson; Chuck asking Moose sarcastically: "Are you a tough guy?" Moose thrusting his face out at Chuck: "YEAH!!". William's character was a tough gangster type yet he played it as being very tollerant of Lou's innocent character. Joan Davis of the later 1950s "I Married Joan" is so well matched with Lou and I wish she would have been featured in more of the A&C vehicles. As far as the music is concerned; I was born in 1947 so I could never really know what the Andrews Sisters were like or what Ted Lewis along with his orchestra were like. Thanks to the magic of time travel through old films, I now do and I really like them.


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