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Hold That Ghost (7-Aug-1941)

Director: Arthur Lubin

Writers: John Grant; Robert Lees; Fred Rinaldo

Keywords: Comedy, Ghost

NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
Bud Abbott
2-Oct-1895 24-Apr-1974 Half of Abbott and Costello
LaVerne Andrews
6-Jul-1911 8-May-1967 The Andrews Sisters
Maxene Andrews
3-Jan-1916 21-Oct-1995 The Andrews Sisters
Patty Andrews
16-Feb-1918 30-Jan-2013 The Andrews Sisters
Evelyn Ankers
17-Aug-1918 29-Aug-1985 Captive Wild Woman
Mischa Auer
17-Nov-1905 5-Mar-1967 My Man Godfrey
Richard Carlson
29-Apr-1912 24-Nov-1977 The Creature from the Black Lagoon
Lou Costello
6-Mar-1906 3-Mar-1959 Half of Abbott and Costello
Joan Davis
29-Jun-1907 22-May-1961 I Married Joan
Russell Hicks
4-Jun-1895 1-Jun-1957 American character actor
Shemp Howard
4-Mar-1895 22-Nov-1955 Stooge who replaced Curly
Marc Lawrence
17-Feb-1910 28-Nov-2005 Prolific character actor
Ted Lewis
Jazz Musician
6-Jun-1892 25-Aug-1971 Is Everybody Happy?


Review by anonymous (posted on 14-May-2006)

One of the very best Abbot and Costello films, "Hold That Ghost" is a classic, especially since it is one of the few films that ever successfully combined a number of different genres. It is a ghost story, a comedy, a medley of popular songs, and a science fiction movie, all in one. The plot is well conceived and executed, opening with a night club scene starring Ted Lewis in his famed "Me and My Shadow" rountine, followed by a number by the Armstrong Sisters, who themsleves constituted one of the most popular singing groups of all time. The plot then moves seamlessly through various stages to a haunted tavern, where Abbot and Costello and some others are forced to spend the night. Not currently in use, the inn is infested with gangsters trying to find money hidden by a recently deceased crime boss, "Moose" Mattson. Within the establishment, there is a hidden barroom from the prohibition era, and some of the bedrooms of the house can be converted into gambling casinos by pulling on a clothes hook, all of this discovered (but not understood) quite by accident and under hilarious cirumstances by the protagonists. Although most of the "haunting," may have been engineered by the gangsters attempting to scare away the visitors, the viewer is left wondering whether there may not have been more to it than that, especially when lighted candles begin moving mysteriously. "Moose" Mattson had always told people that he hid his money in his head, but nobody understood what this meant. But then, when Lou Costello puts his hand into the mouth of a mounted Moose head on the wall of the Tavern, he discovers thousands of ten dollar bills. He and Bud Abbot then open their own night club with the proceeds and with profits from therapeutic water that had been found in groundwater of the premises. The festive conclusion, with Ted Lewis asking the crowd, "Is everybody happy?" and with the Armstrong Sisters singing "Aurora," is probably one of the happiest endings ever filmed in Hollywood. With the exception of "Who's on First," most other Abbot and Costello routines don't hold a candle to what can be seen in this film. Combined with the antics of comedienne Joan Davis, this film is an obvious heavy hitter. When it was aired a number of times successively on "Million Dollar Movie" during Christmas week circa 1960 by WOR TV in New York City, it enjoyed a considerable revival of enthusaism and recognition by old and new fans alike.

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