Hold That Ghost [VHS]
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The third Abbott and Costello movie of 1941, and perhaps their funniest of all time, was rushed into release to capitalize on the wild box office success of their first two starring films, Buck Privates and In the Navy. In Hold that Ghost, Bud and Lou come into an inheritance: an abandoned roadhouse formerly belonging to a "rubbed out" mobster. This choice piece of real estate is also supposedly the hiding place for the mobster's illicit loot. When they arrive to claim the "inheritance," all mayhem breaks loose. People are mysteriously murdered. Lights go on and off. Walls turn inside out. Moans and shrieks are heard. And ghosts run rampant in this delightful comedy co-starring Joan Davis, who is hilarious as a "professional screamer," and featuring musical performances by The Andrews Sisters.
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I wonder if it's mere coincidence that my 2 favorite Bud and Lou features are both "Scare Comedies"--meaning Lou Costello was given ample room to display his great scare reactions, such as the classic "moving candle" routine or the great "changing rooms" scene. Of course, in both instances Bud never sees just what exactly is scaring the wits out of Lou--making it all the more funnier.
Other favorite moments include the opening of how the boys are introduced--as Mischa Auer's character overhears what he thinks might be a stickup only to find his 2 new relief waiters playing craps. And the end of the film where Mischa is now working for Bud & Lou but still intimidating Costello.
And I would be remiss not to mention the fantastic teamwork & chemistry of Costello and Joan Davis. Watching those 2 together in this film, it only baffles me that Joan wasn't brought back for more A & C pictures.
If you like Abbott and Costello, then you will definitely enjoy "Ghost" and it's not bogged down with too many of the singing and dancing numbers which would weigh down some of their earlier features.
Add "WHO DONE IT" for a great double-bill of old-fashioned A/C fun. JOAN DAVIS, almost as popular as "LUCY" in her day, almost forgotten now, is a "SCREAM" and every moment she's around is choice. You'll wish there was EVEN MORE of her!
It's GHOSTS & GANGSTERS and ABBOTT & COSTELLO in a spooky remote old roadhouse, thrown together by "dire" circumstances, who need to find stolen money fast, without tripping over each other, or ending up dead.
Welcome surprise is the effective moody light and shadow photography. Adds nice, unexpected, serious "NOIR" quality as High-Jinx and Low Brow Antics mix in a COMEDIC TONIC to lift your "SPIRITS". Lots of "funny business"
with some genuine laugh-out-loud moments.
SO, HAVE SOME FUN. See this one. ADD POPCORN and you and your GrandPa can be kids together again, for the very first time, at the neighborhood Saturday Matinee!
"HEY, DOWN IN FRONT!
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