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Abbott & Costello

Hold That Ghost: The Andrews Sisters

An additional Hold That Ghost tidbit: The Andrew Sisters (hit recording artists of the 30s-40s) appeared in three Abbott & Costello films: Buck Privates (in which they performed their most famous song “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy”), In the Navy, and Hold that Ghost. The latter was the first movie I saw them in, and naturally I fell in love. I remember calling my grandmother to tell her about my new obsession. Her favorite Andrew Sisters song was “In Apple Blossom Time” and I sang it to her over the phone. I could talk about the Andrews Sisters all day, but I’d much rather point out something else: Laverne Andrews is a horrible performer. The girl’s got a great voice, but […]

Race in Film: Hold That Ghost

This clip is from Abbott and Costello’s 1941 film Hold That Ghost directed by Arthur Lubin, who also directed several other of the duo’s films including Buck Privates and In the Navy (also excellent). In the movie Bud Abbott and Lou Costello play waiters Chuck and Ferdie respectively at the Chez Glamour nightclub. Due to a series of circumstance they become the beneficiaries of a gangster’s will and inherit a haunted house. For those of you unfamiliar with this brilliant duo, Abbott and Costello were a comedy team in the tradition of Laurel & Hardy, or Martin & Lewis. Budd Abbott was the straight man who frequently took advantage of of the baby faced Lou Costello, the idiot with the […]