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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.
9 ALL-TIME SONG HITS (re-release print ad
Title: Hold That Ghost
Release Date: August 07, 1941
Runtime: 86 mins
All Genres: Adventure, Comedy, Horror, Music, Mystery
Colors: Black and White
IMDB Rating: 7.4
Buried.com Rating: 8.4 - (Rate This Horror Movie at Buried.com)
Category: Horror Movies Starting With H
MPAA Rating: Approved
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 and His Orchestra ...Ted Lewis and his Orchestra
The Andrews Sisters ...The Andrews Sisters
Spencer Charters ...Storekeeper (scenes deleted)
Ted Lewis ...Ted Lewis - Singer / Orchestra Leader
Laverne Andrews ...LaVerne Andrews
Maxene Andrews ...Maxene Andrews
Patty Andrews ...Patty Andrews
Jeanne Blanche ...Pretty Girl
Ralph Brooks ...Nightclub Extra
Madge Crane ...Mrs. Giltedge
Edgar Dearing ...Irondome - Fake Detective
Thurston Hall ...Alderman Birch
Chuck Hamilton ...Police Car Driver
Harry Hayden ...Jenkins - Druggist
Hans Herbert ...Mobster
Kay Kay and Katya ...Speciality Act
Joseph La Cava ...Little Fink
Nestor Paiva ...Glum - Gangster
Milton Parsons ...Harry Hoskins - Tour Bus Driver
Edward Pawley ...High Collar - Gangster
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Frederic I. Rinaldo
Hans J. Salter
"When My Baby Smiles at Me"
"Me and My Shadow"
"The Blue Danube Waltz"
More Movie Taglines:
- 9 ALL-TIME SONG HITS (re-release print ad
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- THOSE SLAP-HAPPY SCREAMSTERS GO A'HAUNTING! (original print ad
- all caps)
- THOSE FUNATICS ARE HERE AGAIN! Your blues won't stand a ghost of a chance! (original ad)
- THOSE FUNATICS ARE HERE AGAIN! Forget the News! Shake the Blues! (original poster)
- A-HAUNTING WE WILL GO! Your blues won't stand a ghost of a chance...as they top "Buck Privates" and "In the Navy."! (original poster)
- YOUR FAVORITE FUNSTERS give you more merriment than in 'BUCK PRIVATES" or 'IN THE NAVY"...with their merriest cast! (original ad)
- Here's That ALL-AMERICAN LAUGH TEAM! (original ad)
- 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!"
Camille: You boys ready to leave? Ferdie: I was ready to leave when he put the key in the front door to come in!
Ferdie: Look, from now on, keep one eye on that candle, another eye on that one, and with the other eye watch me!
Ferdie: [to Camille] With one eye, watch that candle, with the other eye watch the other candle, and with the other eye, watch me.
Ferdie: [to Chuck] I was playing choo-choo train! Aww you never let me have any fun.
- The Andrews Sisters were brought in after filming wrapped and the final nightclub footage was edited in after the film's completion.
The runaway success of Buck Privates (1941) caused a stir within the upper ranks of Universal, who had already begun production of Hold That Ghost (1941). The studio was enjoying it's first solidly profitable year since it was acquired by new owners in 1936 and wanted to exploit Abbott & Costello as logically as possible. The team's next assignment, In the Navy (1941) was resoundingly agreed to be a better follow up project so this horror-comedy was ordered halted. Production resumed about 4 months later. In retrospect, the decision was logical but probably unnecessary since the comedy duo was the hottest act in show business, and would remain so throughout the war years.
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