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Hit the Ice (1943)

Two newspaper photographers get mixed up with gangsters at a ski resort.

Directors:

Charles Lamont, Erle C. Kenton (uncredited)

Writers:

Robert Lees (screenplay), Frederic I. Rinaldo (screenplay) (as Frederic Rinaldo) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Bud Abbott ... Flash Fulton
Lou Costello ... Weejie McCoy
Ginny Simms ... Marcia Manning
Patric Knowles ... Dr. Bill Elliot (Credits) / Dr. William 'Bill' Burns (in Film)
Elyse Knox ... Peggy Osborne
Joe Sawyer ... Buster (as Joseph Sawyer)
Marc Lawrence ... Phil
Sheldon Leonard ... 'Silky' Fellowsby
Johnny Long and His Orchestra Johnny Long and His Orchestra
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Johnny Long Johnny Long ... Orchestra Leader
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Storyline

Flash Fulton (Bud Abbott) and Weejie McCoy (Lou Costello) take pictures of a bank robbery. Lured to the mountain resort hideout of the robbers and accompanied by Dr. Bill Elliott (Patric Knowles) and Peggy Osborn (Elyse Knox), they also meet old friend Johnny Long (Johnny Long) and his band and singer Marcia Manning (Ginny Simms). Dr. Elliott and Peggy are being held in a remote cabin by the robbers, but Weejie rescues them by turning himself into a human snowball that becomes an avalanche that engulfs the crooks. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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The Laughs Fall Thick as Snowflakes, as Abbott and Costello Go From Chasing Girls to Chasing Gangsters at a Gay Winter Resort! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Crime | Music

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 June 1943 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Oh Doctor See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Universal Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This film was broadcast on cable network AMC on the morning of Sept. 11, 2001, about two hours before the terrorist attacks on New York City. See more »

Goofs

When Tubby is packing his suitcase to get out of town, a drawer falls out of the dresser, onto the floor. In the next shot, the drawer is back in the dresser. See more »

Quotes

Nurse #1: You've just had a baby.
Weejie 'Tubby' McCoy: Oh a baby... is it a boy or girl?
Nurse #1: Boy.
Weejie 'Tubby' McCoy: Oh... does he look like me?
Nurse #1: Exactly like you.
Weejie 'Tubby' McCoy: Oh a baby... A BABY!
[jumps up from the gurney, revealing himself to be a man and runs away, the nurse screams and faints]
Flash Fulton: Where've you been?
Weejie 'Tubby' McCoy: Having a baby.
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Connections

Featured in Abbott and Costello Meet Jerry Seinfeld (1994) See more »

Soundtracks

I'd Like to Set You to Music
(1943)
Music by Harry Revel
Lyrics by Paul Francis Webster
Played by Johnny Long and His Orchestra (uncredited) and sung by them, the Four Teens (uncredited) and Ginny Simms (uncredited) at poolside in Sun Valley
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Not quite Universal Studios flogging a dead horse...
9 April 2008 | by SpikeopathSee all my reviews

...but dangerously close.

However, there is still enough here to keep the grin on the face and there is still a high production value within the structure, if only the same could be said of the writing! I tend to feel with Abbott & Costello movies it pays to take a break for a few months and then go back to further viewings refreshed and not feeling a sense of seen this before repetitiveness.

This one sees the boys as photographers who unwittingly get mixed up in a bank robbery and have to flee to a ski resort to hopefully prove their innocence. The usual pratfalls are abound as Tubby constantly loses his pants, gets his bum set on fire, skis with a grizzly bear, and of course he tries to woo the pretty lady by bluffing he can play the piano. Music comes courtesy of Ginny Simms and the Johnny Long Orchestra, with stoic supporting acting duties falling to Patric Knowles, Elyse Knox and the always great Sheldon Leonard as the chief villain.

Not close to being in the top five outings from the guys, but certainly an above average offering showing glimpses of just why they really were a special talent back in the day. 6/10


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