Hold That Ghost (1941) Review


Directed by Arthur Lubin

Starring Bud Abbott and Lou Costello

Plot: Two gas station attendants, Ferdie (Costello) and Chuck (Abbott) were fired from their busboy jobs. They service a car of a gangster, who is shot and killed. They inherit the gangsters hotel. The two head to the hotel, which is supposedly haunted. Instead, some of the other gangsters try to kill Chuck and Ferdie. Anyway, both men and other folks stay the night in the hotel.


Gangsters come to the hotel and try to scare the two. But, they only do silly things. Like sneak around in the hotel in bed sheets. They eventually find the gangster’s stash of moolah. The gangsters want the cash and chase Ferdie throughout the hotel. The two men become rich and it’s a happy story.


Review: I really wasn’t expecting much with this. I didn’t like the long musical numbers. I thought this film was amusing. But, some of the jokes got old quick. I just don’t think Abbott & Costello were that funny. I’m a huge fan of their “Meet the Monsters” series though. Overall, seeing Shemp Howard’s quick appearance was probably my favorite part of the film.


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