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Hold That Ghost Details

FULL SYNOPSIS

Hold That Ghost was the second of Abbott and Costello's starring films, but was held back from release in favor of their third picture, the more "topical" . In , Bud and Lou play a couple of service-station owners who happen to be hanging around when gangster Moose Mattson (William B. Davidson) is killed. According to the terms of Mattson's will, whosoever is present when "the coppers dim my lights for the last time" will inherit his estate, which consists of a deserted mansion in the middle of nowhere. Crooked attorney Russell Hicks, who knows that Mattson has hidden hundreds of thousands of dollars somewhere in the lodge, dispatches sinister Charlie Smith (Marc Lawrence) to escort Abbott and Costello to the house, with instructions to "take care" of the trusting boys once they've arrived. Charlie charters a bus to take A&C out to the mansion; also on board, going off to various other destinations, are handsome Dr. Jackson (Richard Carlson), lovely Norma Lind (Evelyn Ankers) and professional radio screamer Camille Brewster (Joan Davis). It is inevitable that this disparate group is stranded along with Abbott and Costello in the forbidding mansion on a dark and stormy night. Charlie Smith is promptly murdered by parties unknown; throughout the rest of the film, Charlie's body pops up at the most inopportune moments, reducing the already tremulous Costello to a quivering mass of jello. The plot is merely an excuse to showcase Abbott and Costello's superbly timed cross-talking routines, a riotous impromptu dance performed by Costello and Joan Davis, and, of course, the legendary "moving candle" bit, which may well be Costello's funniest-ever screen scene. Hold That Ghost was originally designed and previewed as a 65-minute programmer title Oh, Charlie, but Universal decided to expand the length and throw in a few guest stars to secure top-of-the-bill bookings. This is why Hold That Ghost begins and ends with barely relevant musical numbers featuring Ted Lewis and the Andrews Sisters. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Cast

Bud Abbott
as Chuck Murray
Lou Costello
as Ferdinand Jones
Joan Davis
as Camille Brewster
Richard Carlson
as Dr.Jackson
Mischa Auer
as Gregory, Maitre D'
Evelyn Ankers
as Norma Lind
Marc Lawrence
as Charlie Smith
Shemp Howard
as Soda Jerk
Russell Hicks
as Lawyer Bannister
Bobby Barber
as Waiter
William B. Davidson
as Sidney "Moose" Matson
Edgar Dearing
as Irondome
Paul Fix
as Lefty
William Forrest
as State Trooper
Thurston Hall
as Alderman
Harry Hayden
as Jenkins
Howard Hickman
as Judge
Paul Newlan
as Big Fink
Nestor Paiva
as Glum
Milton Parsons
as Hans Hoskins
Edward Pawley
as High Collar
Frank Penny
as Snake-Eyes
William H. Ruhl
as Customer
Janet Shaw
as Alderman's Girl
Maxene Andrews
as Herself
Janet Shaw
as Alderman's Girl
William Forrest
as State Trooper
William B. Davidson
as Sidney "Moose" Matson
William H. Ruhl
as Customer
Edgar Dearing
as Irondome
Thurston Hall
as Alderman
Nestor Paiva
as Glum
Frank Penny
as Snake-Eyes
Harry Hayden
as Jenkins
Paul Newlan
as Big Fink
Milton Parsons
as Hans Hoskins
Edward Pawley
as High Collar
Bobby Barber
as Waiter
Paul Fix
as Lefty
Howard Hickman
as Judge

Crew

Arthur Lubin
Director
Glenn Tryon
Producer
Burt Kelly
Producer
John Grant
Screenwriter
Robert Lees
Screenwriter
Elwood Bredell
Cinematographer
Joseph A. Valentine
Cinematographer
Hans Salter
Composer (Music Score)
Hans Salter
Musical Direction/Supervision
Phil Cahn
Editor
Jack Otterson
Art Director
Vera West
Costume Designer
Nick Castle
Choreography
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