Hold That Ghost

1941

Adventure / Comedy

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IMDb Rating 7.5

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Reviewed by Spondonman 7

Another nice early film from A&amp;C, with a good supporting cast and the usual thickly laid on Universal atmosphere included. I&#39;ve seen it maybe 10 times now over the decades with no loss of pleasure.<br/><br/>It has Ted Lewis and the Andrews Sisters as pleasant musical bookends to what has previously been described as a Ghosts &amp; Gangsters tale. Add comedy and murder and that&#39;s what this is all about, the lid is firmly kept on the romance between Carlson and Ankers - and may I add, she seldom looked lovelier than in here. Favourite routines: Ferdie&#39;s bedrooms changing into gaming rooms behind his back, to Chuck&#39;s harsh disbelief; The candles moving to the spluttered &quot;Oh Chuck! What Kept You&quot;; the figure of speech gag finished by the gangsters arrival. Abbott got in more face slapping Costello than in other films, and although it&#39;s something that never really appealed to me it&#39;s not too bad. Joan Davis has some good lines too but wasn&#39;t fully exploited. Not in A&amp;C&#39;s Top 5, but still a nice b&amp;w inconsequential entertaining spooky old house comedy.<br/><br/>All told, good stuff for A&amp;C fans like me - masochists who already know that they don&#39;t like &#39;em should really try to save themselves the 81 minutes running time + their IMDb commenting time and do the rest of us a favour.

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Reviewed by frankfob 8

This combination of haunted house scares and A&amp;C slapstick works terrifically, for several reasons--the supporting cast is first-rate, and Joan Davis proved to be the best comic foil Costello ever had, their scenes together sparkle and their chemistry is undeniable; the boys&#39; timing, always a marvel, has seldom been better; and, as in their best film, &quot;A&amp;C Meet Frankenstein,&quot; the spooky elements are played exactly that way, and not for laughs, and it works as well as it did in that film. Also, it doesn&#39;t have the cheaper, rushed look that many of their later ones had, and director Arthur Lubin--responsible for some of the team&#39;s best pictures--keeps things running very smoothly. The boys showcase some of their classic routines, Joan Davis is a joy to watch, the Andrews Sisters&#39; songs don&#39;t slow things down (&quot;Aurora&quot; is actually a bright, catchy little number); all combine to make this one of the best Abbott &amp; Costello films. Don&#39;t miss it.

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Reviewed by opsbooks 9

I watched &#39;Hold that Ghost&#39; immediately after &#39;In the Navy&#39; and noticed improvements in all areas. The boys, given more freedom than before and backed by some wonderful character actors, make this comedy as fresh today as when it was filmed, more than 6 decades ago. Universal, the home of horror, seemed the natural place for ghostly antics, and you&#39;d be hard-pressed to find a dull moment in the movie.<br/><br/>Joan Davis was a wonderful actress and seemed to have found her natural partner in Lou. The two had same great moments together with perhaps the &#39;Blue Danube&#39; sequence being the funniest. Richard Carson, in a part unlike anything he would portray a decade later, was - despite my misgivings - totally convincing as a nerd - well before that word was invented! <br/><br/>Olsen and Johnson of &#39;Hellzapoppin&#39; fame would pay tribute to the hilarious &#39;Oh Chuck!&#39; skit in their own &#39;Ghost Catchers&#39; a few years later which used a similar - VERY similar! - title sequence.

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