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Hold That Ghost (1941)

Passed | | Adventure, Comedy, Horror | 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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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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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 Moose Matson pulls up to the gas station that Chuck and Ferdie work at, his front license plate is of a white color. But when the police are chasing him in the same car, the license plate is clearly black. See more »

Quotes

Camille: Are you a married man?
Ferdie: No.
Camille: Neither am I.
[to Chuck]
Camille: He's old enough, isn't he?
Ferdie: Oh sure I'm old enough, I play games, I play post office.
Camille: Post office? That's a kids' game.
Ferdie: Not the way I play.
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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 »

Connections

Featured in Ebert Presents: At the Movies: Episode #2.21 (2011) 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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Hold That Ghost (1941) ***
7 July 2005 | by JoeKarlosiSee all my reviews

It's nice to catch a break from the two recent "service films" that Bud and Lou made this time, as they go from army and navy men to playing two domestic, unsuccessful waiters-turned-gas station attendants. They unintentionally cross paths with a dying gangster and then become the heirs to his spooky old inn that just may contain a pile of hidden loot somewhere within it. What they didn't count on, however, is that the deceased had some scheming friends who are also hungry for the dough.

HOLD THAT GHOST is often considered close to the best film from Bud and Lou, but I'm not sure I would take it quite that far. It is a good, solid, comedy/spook show that plays on the old tried and true "haunted house" theme; and once more the boys are in top form to deliver the funnies as Abbott keeps trying to calm a very nervous Costello down as he encounters everything from dead bodies to ghosts to revolving rooms to moving candles. What helps boost this one up a notch, aside from the moody setting, is some able assistance from a good supporting cast. There's Richard Carlson as a timid scientist who's oblivious to the longing advances of the pretty Evelyn Ankers (from THE WOLF MAN), and the stand-out antics of Joan Davis, who's really an asset as she plays a "professional radio screamer" who's got some great moments with Lou Costello, including the aforementioned "moving candle" bit, and a charming little dance duet.

Oh yes, and the Andrews Sisters are back for a third time, but this time they're only used at the start and finish. Hey, what can we do? They were hugely popular at that time. And I must confess, I don't mind them concluding the show with one of their better tunes, "Aurora". *** out of ****


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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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Universal Pictures See more »
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Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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