Hold That Ghost (1941)

USA, 1941
86m 2s, 2353.36 metres
35mm film, black and white, 1.37:1
mono, English

An American comedy horror film directed by Arthur Lubin and featuring Abbott and Costello.

Plot Summary

A pair of inept service station workers are the sole beneficiaries in a gangster’s will. But on their way to claim their fortune, they become stranded along with several others, at a haunted house.


* = uncredited

Directed by: Arthur Lubin
Copyright MCMLXI [1941] by Universal Pictures Company, Inc.
Universal presents
Producer: Alex Gottlieb *
Associate Producers: Burt Kelly, Glenn Tryon
Screenplay: Robert Lees, Fred Rinaldo <ref name=”rinaldo”>A pseudonym for Frederic I. Rinaldo], John Grant
Original Story: Robert Lees, Fred Rinaldo <ref name=”rinaldo” />
Assistant Director: Gilbert J. Valle
Dialogue Director: Joan Hathaway
Director of Photography: Elwood Bredell
Film Editor: Philip Cahn
Music: Milton Rosen *, Hans J. Salter *, Frank Skinner *, Johann Strauß [from The Blue Danube Waltz] *
Stock Music: Ralph Freed *, Charles Henderson *, Charles Previn *
Musical Director: H.J. Salter [real name: Hans J. Salter]
Sound Supervisor: Bernard B. Brown
Technician: William Fox
Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording
Gowns: Vera West
Art Director: Jack Otterson
Associate: Harold H. MacArthur
Set Decorations: R.A. Gausman [real name: Russell A. Gausman]
Musical Numbers Staged by: Nick Castle

Bud Abbott (Chuck Murray)
Lou Costello (Ferdie Jones)
Richard Carlson (Dr Jackson)
Joan Davis (Camille Brewster)
Mischa Auer (Gregory)
Evelyn Ankers (Norma Lind)
Marc Lawrence (Charlie Smith)
Ted Lewis and his Orchestra
The Andrews Sisters
Shemp Howard [soda jerk] *
Russell Hicks [Bannister] *
William B. Davidson [Sidney ‘Moose’ Matson] *
Milton Parsons [Harry Hoskins] *
Frank Penny [Snake-Eyes] *
Edgar Dearing [Irondome] *
Don Terry [strangler] *
Edward Pawley [High Collar] *
Nestor Paiva [Glum] *
Paul Fix [Lefty] *
Jeanne Blanche [pretty girl] *
Madge Crane [Mrs Giltedge] *
Thurston Hall [Alderman Birch] *
Harry Hayden [Jenkins] *
Hans Herbert [mobster] *
Kay Kay and Katya [themselves] *
Joseph La Cava [Little Fink] *
Frank Richards [gunman] *
William Ruhl [gas station customer] *
Janet Shaw [Alderman’s girl] *

Alternative Titles

Agárrame ese fantasma – Spanish title
Fantômes en vadrouille – French title
Inafferrabile spettro, Li – Italian title
Oh, Charlie
Peliluolan pennittömät perijät – Finnish title
Verrücktes Nachtlokal, Ein – Austrian title
Vorsicht Gespenster! – West German title

Extracts included in
Terror in the Aisles (1984).


Classic Images no.147 (September 1987) pp.C1-C4 – credits, review
Harrison’s Reports 2 August 1941 p.124B – review (by Peter S. Harrison)
Kine Weekly no.1802 (30 October 1941) p.18 – review
Kine Weekly no.2158 (9 September 1948) p.18 – review
Monthly Film Bulletin vol.8 p.149 – credits, review
Motion Picture Herald vol.14 no.5 (2 August 1941) – review
Motion Picture Herald vol.172 no.10 (4 September 1948) – review
Today’s Cinema vol.5 no.4638 (24 October 1941) – review
Today’s Cinema vol.71 no.5698 (8 September 1948) – review

Reference Guide to Fantastic Films by Walt Lee p.196 – credits
Universal Horrors: The Studio’s Classic Films, 1931-1946 (2nd edition) by Tom Weaver, Michael Brunas and John Brunas pp.256-261 – illustrated credits, article