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'HOLD THAT GHOST'
Directed By; Arthur Lubin
Starring; DITA's Faves' 'ABBOTT & COSTELLO',
Joan Davis (I Married Joan, etc.), Richard Carlson ('Creature From The Black Lagoon' & 'It Came From Outer Space'),
Mischa Auer ('The Monster Walks'), Evelyn Ankers ('The Ghost Of Frankenstein', etc.) Ted Lewis & 'The Andrew Sisters' (Love them!!!),etc.
'Universal Pictures'
From the New-'Complete Universal Pictures Collection'
1941 Run Time; 1 Hour 26 Minutes DVD

Well Hello My Groovy-Ghoulies,
DITA DIRT NAP here again, Bringing you another one of, 'ABBOTT & COSTELLO's funniest Films, not to mention my Favorite; 'HOLD THAT GHOST'!!! Take a look at the Vintage Trailer by Clicking here, Hon> 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F82xYOsBd6k

Mizz DIRT NAP Reviewed this Little 'Spook/Comedy' Gem here in 'DITA's DEN' way back in 2001 on VHS. I also Reviewed it in my 'Lost-Pilot', complete with 'vintage-theatrical trailer', Hosted by yours Cruel-ly. DITA highly urges you to see the DITA Hosted Trailer in Part 1 on my 'Lost-Pilot' still on you-tube.  In fact DITA will be Reviewing various Selections from it at various times this year, which will include a very cool Review of the complete Documentary Showcasing their 'Horror Spoofs' ,called 'ABBOTT & COSTELLO MEET THE MONSTERS', 'ABBOTT & COSTELLO MEET THE KILLER, BORIS KARLOFF' and more.

 

Also you may remember Mizz DIRT NAP did a 'Mini-Review' of my Favorite Book Companion as well, from my friend & Author; Jeff Miller, entitled; 'THE HORROR SPOOFS OF ABBOTT & COSTELLO'!!! Of which I still and always will recommend here at CountGore.com 

 'DEREK, 'The Vamperic-Announcer', Interrupts, 'You forgot to mention again that Mr. Miller's wonderful BOOK is available still, by clicking on the 'BOOK-Icon' next dear old' DITA's Review right
here!!!  

DITA responds; Uh, right! What he said!!! Click it for a 'good-read', uh, tonight, my little-spider bites'!

 

Any who, since I Reviewed this 'fun-film' before I DITA DIRT NAP, will 'attempt' to give a short Review and a focus on the new  added 'Extras'.  'W-H-A-T?' I said 'attempt'.  Any-who, this Movie, 'HOLD THAT GHOST' is found in the Collection on Discs 1 & 2, which also include;
# 'ONE NIGHT IN THE TROPICS' (1940)
# 'BUCK PRIVATES' (1941){with 'ANDREW SISTERS'}
# 'IN THE NAVY' (1941) {with 'ANDREW SISTERS'}

Dita can't get enough of them! Have their 'BEST OF; on CD, hon!!! 
DITA highly suggests it, as it includes the Songs they sang in these Film Soundtracks. 
Again just click on their 'CD-Icon' next to DITA's Review to get yours tonight from Amazon.com
'AURORA' & 'BOOGIE WOOGIE BUGLE BOY' & 'THREE JILLS IN A JEEP' are on my 'water-proof' I-Pod', no foolin'! (L-o-v-e them!!!)

 

As I was saying,  'Abbott & Costello' have a huge 'cult'-following, not to mention their various 'Monster-Pairings. 'HOLD THAT GHOST' is full on Comedy with 'spook-factor'! One minor point that 'gets-my-goat' though, is that the offensive Club scene in the Opening Number with Entertainer Ted Lewis singing 'ME AND MY SHADOW' with a black performer standing behind him ,wasn't Edited out. Now Darlings, DITA's not one to bitch, knowing this flick was made in 1941, not 2019, but some things, in my humble opinion beg to be updated.................if you know what I mean.  That aside, this movie has a special place in my little 'black-heart', since way back when. 

DITA is a 'ABBOTT & COSTELLO' Fan regardless of what some Horror Fans may think about them possibly contributing to the demise of 'Horror-Films' with the ever popular 'Abbott & Costello Meets' Movies. Mizz DIRT NAP's an Independent 'Ghoul of the World' and feel that the popularity of 'Horror Films' comes in natural waves all by itself thru the years, and that it will continue to regardless of 'who' puts out 'what'.....................and when! Horror Movies are here to stay until the end of time, PERIOD!!!  Oooooh, that one got my feathers ruffled! WHAT? I told you I have de-tractable wings along time ago, in case I ever get a Comic Book Deal as a Super-Hero! You know saving victims at night, and then still managing to Host Horror & Cult Films even later at night. LOL 'LADY DEATH' move over.

Uh, ahem, back to the storyline of this fun 'Spook-House Flick', in 'HOLD THAT GHOST', Bud & Lou come into an inheritance quite suddenly, after an old-fashioned 'cops & robbers' shoot-em' car chase scene. What have they inherited, you may ask? A creepy, run-down possibly haunted, abandoned roadhouse, silly!!!  It was formerly run by a now deceased gangster, named, 'MOOSE', hint, hint, kids.  This movie is fun to watch even after repeated viewings , which I am guilty of. This movie also has it all..............GIRLS, GUNS, GHOSTS & GANGSTERS! Let's not forget the 'ANDREWS SISTERS'!  Although their scenes were actually added after filming had finished, due to 'test-audiences' asking where were the 'Andrew Sisters'?

DITA's so glad they did! As Mr. Miller explains on the 'Commentary Track' as a Film Historian on this new disc, back then times were hard and people wanted more for their money, you know, laughs and to be serenaded, more bang for you buck so to speak. Good point Jeff! So the boys along with other eclectic passengers , share a ride( just watching them all get in the car is hysterical, watch for it. You'll love it!) on a creepy, stormy night to the afore mentioned run down 'roadhouse', where they abandoned by the shifty, driver and of course decide to 'spend-the-night'. Uh, oh. Then hilarity ensues!!! Boy does it ever!
One of the passengers, a 'Horror-Radio' Starlet, (ironic isn't it, Dita now carries that title.) played to perfection by Joan Davis (I Married Joan) is the one to watch in this film! The Radio Show she's plays on is called, 'TALES OF TERROR'!) Love that title!!! She is hysterical in almost every scene, especially her scenes with Lou, candle moving by it self table scene and their 'unforgettable slap stick dance scene.' The moving candle/table scene was taken from their vaudeville act by the way. The other passengers are a flirty 40's Gal who eventually falls in love with the nerdy Dr., and the others.

 

A 'short' but 'sweet', DITA's 'Things-2-Look-4' List' as follows;
*As mentioned earlier 'dance-scene' with Joan & Lou. (Watch out for that water on the floor ,guys!) Tee-hee! (Best scene in movie!!!)
*Candle that moves by itself on table scene as mentioned. (Best gag in the movie! The also did this 'bit' on their Television Show!)
* Scene with owl at top of the stairs. ( Good for a belly laugh, thinks DITA.)
* Scene on stairs with Camille/Radio Star-lett, and Ghost, uh yeah, ghost.
* Moneybag/chase scene with Lou.
* Rooms that change into Gambling casinos, w/Bud & Lou! (Excellent, almost made DITA tinkle!) Love it!!!
* Any scene with the 'ANDREW SISTERS! (Especially when they perform 'Aurora'!!!)

Now for the 'EXTRAS' on this new disc;
+Original Theatrical Trailer (Yeeeeah!!! Was not included on VHS.) Love this Trailer and the way it was done, graphics, fonts and all!!!
+ Production Notes ( DITA loved reading these to gain more info on the film!)
+ Scene selection
+ Languages; Subtitles-English SDH, Espanol, French. Film Historian Commentary; in English.
+ Ta-dah; drum roll please..............Commentary with Film Historian; Jeff Miller

About this Commentary by my friend Jeff, DITA must say after listening to it, I see why 'Universal' picked you to do this! Excellent job by Mr Miller of giving lots of Details on the film and the cast and things I never knew about this film!!! Did you know this film was originally called 'OH, CHARLIE!' Or that during the 'cops' and 'robbers' chase/shootout scene that the Cops could be portrayed shooting at the Moose' the Bad Guy a lot but he could not shoot more than 2or 3 Shots at them because of the 'Breen Office', controlling the way this scene would be shot, ah, no pun intended!  Jeff, you really understand the fun-ness of these films and the fans/big-kids who watch and enjoy them! Thanks again for your contributions!!!  Thanks as well for agreeing to do our Shows!!! Your the best. And also thanks for letting dear old' DITA borrow your rare copy of 'OLD DRACULA' w/Teresa Graves & David Niven for Editing!!! Mr. Miller covers 'Hold That Ghost' good & proper starting in this wonderful book, starting on Page;137 and goes until Page;165!!! WOW! Can you say 'A to Z'? Dita thanks Mr. Miller for all the info on one of my favorite 'A. & C.' Films.

Fans like me, like to have all the details!!! Speaking of details, DITA could on and on about this movie and it's many stories and facts but I've said way too much already! So much for an 'attempt' to keep it brief, oh well. What can I say, I'm a long-winded ghoul when it comes to a Film I'm passionate about!  

This Review Dedicated to DITA's Pet/Family Member; Dolly who she's mention before in her Reviews as she recently and sadly crossed the 'Rainbow-Bridge' to the 'The Other Side!'

You were and always will be DITA & B.J.'s little Angel & love of their life to Eternity! Love you, Sweetie-Girl! XOXO! DOLLY ERAZO CASSON 11/16/11 to 9/9/19

 

 

 

 

Until next week,
 'Chainsaw-Kisses',
      DITA ('Ghost-Town') DIRT NAP

(To see the cool new Music-Video; 'GHOST-TOWN' w/MADONNA from her; 'REBEL HEART' CD, simply Click here>   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GgDxv0Qg_Rg                                           

'Fang-Mail'/Scare-mail to; ddn1965@live.com
 
As always don't forget to check out these DITA-Suggested sites as follows;

www.elvira.com 
www.legendfilms.com
www.scarymonstersmagazine.com

www.newbevcinema.com
www.cinespia.org
www.cinefamily.org
www.shoutfactory.com
www.somethingweird.com
www.madonna.com
www.imbd.com (To check out 'Abbott & Costello's big, body of work!!!)


‘STRAIT JACKET’
Directed By; (DITA-Fave;) WILLIAM CASTLE
Starring; (DITA-Fave;) JOAN CRAWFORD, Etc.
& Tiny Cameo By; Lee Majors (‘Six Million Dollar Man’ TV Series, etc.)
Warner Brothers
From; ‘THE WILLIAM CASTLE FILM COLLECTION’ On DVD
1964 DVD

Hi Kids, DITA DIRT NAP here.

This week I bring you another William Castle Classic-camp Horror pic Starring one of DITA’s Favorite ‘High-camp-One time ‘Scream-Queen’ & PEPSI-Queen; JOAN CRAWFORD, chewing and ‘chopping-up’ the scenery in one of my favorite Cult films entitled; ‘STRAIT JACKET’!!!

DITA loves this film which is now celebrating it’s 63rd Year Anniversary this year(1964-2019) and still holds up well enough to have the honor of being included in the ‘WILLIAM CASTLE FILM COLLECTION’ out now on DVD!!!  L-o-v-e it!!!

DITA has long been inspired by Joan Crawford as a role-model!  As DITA has said before I first saw this Film on the ‘Big-Screen’ at the former ‘Spook-A-Thon’ Film Festival with a full-house audience who treated this fun fright-flick like another version of ‘Rocky-Horror’, complete w/Audience participation especially the scene where she lights a match ‘Cougar-style’ on a old-fashioned record-player to light her cigarette in a too-funny butt not meant to be awkward seduction scene attempt, that just has to be seen!!!

This may wind up being a ‘Double’ or ‘Triple Feature’ when DITA gets through, my little ‘coffin-creepers’? Hmmm? So , if you’re a Big William Castle Film-Fan such as myself, then ‘STRAIT JACKET’ is a ‘Must-See’, ‘Must-Have Film, uh, as well as his DVD Collection!!!

DITA is so excited to have this Film included in the Collection. As most of you know, I have long been a ‘die-hard’ Fan of both Mr. Castle & Miss Crawford. In fact this wuz not their only Film pairing. They also did another great Horror Film together called ‘I SAW WHAT YOU DID, AND I KNOW WHO YOU ARE’, which is not included in this Collection butt DITA highly recommends renting.

To see this fun Trailer from ‘STRAIT JACKET 1964, just Click here; https://youtu.be/9n8BnNL03GY
In fact during my voo-doo zombie rebirth back in 1998, a ‘used Joan Crawford Pepsi-can, complete w/lipstick stains’ wuz thrown into the mix, as well as other ‘role-model’ artifacts . No-foolin’!

Anyway, Joan may have been a ‘BITCH’ in her personal life and with some of her children ‘BUTT’………..she wuz a BITCH that could act!!!  In fact take note while watching this cult-horror film, of her noticeable hedonistic-perfectionism way of how many times her face is perfectly-lit in most scenes, Hon!

This movie is great fun to watch as DITA did with a big group of people or at a Party w/lots of friends!  Now as most of my Fans know, DITA is stickler about having lots of cool ‘EXTRA’s’ needing to be included on every Horror disc!!!  Well hon, I simply must tell you that this DVD does not disappoint! I has great fun & interesting culty-cool ‘Extra’s’!  The only thing missing is the original ‘fake cardboard Axe’s’ that were given out during it’s Original Theatrical Debut back in 1964 by Mr. Castle! L-o-v-e it…………..and him!!!

DITA’s favorite ‘Extra’ on this DVD is called ‘BATTLE-AXE’; The Making Of ‘STRAIT JACKET’, witch I think is a ‘MUST-SEE’ for Fans of this film in this DVD Collection!!! In it , they make no mistake that Miss CRAWFORD wuz the ‘driving-DIVA-force’ behind the scenes!  It even tells about JOAN coming up with a new Ending, on the sly, witch left the camera focusing completely on her in the ‘final-scene’!
This by the way, wuz ‘NOT’ in the script! Don’t they know DITA'S ‘always’ find a way to get the final ‘MARTINI-SHOT’ in a film?

Another ‘EXTRA’ I love to death is ‘JOAN CRAWFORD’s Wardrobe/Make-Up TESTS’ complete w/eerie music playing effectively in the background witch Also includes my favorite , ‘the AXE swinging Tests’ w/Crawford looking very convincing as an Axe-Murderess w/some apparent aggressions to work out!

Too see Joan in costume and working the Axe like a pro, simply click here; https://youtu.be/WvBbfXi4twE

Fun CASTLE Trailers are included as well. In this Castle- Crowd Pleaser, CRAWFORD brings the drama and chews the Scenery like it wuz going out-of-style! ‘Kudos’ to CRAWFORD for that! She really makes this movie ‘and ‘KEEPS’ it going even today as a ‘Cult-Hit’!  DITA adds that Joan has a scare-rific ‘Horror-Movie Scream’ in this flick!!! This ‘bloody-murder scream’ can be heard in a cool ‘drea-sequence where she wakes up to a cheesy fake-head in her bed!

Also DITA says ‘watch for packs of PEPSI placed strategically throughout this movie. As Joan wuz married to the President of ‘PEPSI-COLA’ at the time of filming. Ahead of her time with ‘product-placement’ wuzn’t she! Oh, that JOAN! LOL

DITA’s abs-fab’ part in the film comes when she has on ‘dangle-y jangle-y charm bracelets!!! This a ‘DEFINITE’ ‘Things-2-Look-4’ ALERT ; Watch for her 40’s Style wig and a cheap-looking but cool-ass floral print dress where she starts dancing mondo-strangely, drinking, chain-smoking and dangling her noisy bracelets all at the same time!!!  I tell ya, it’s mesmerizing!

All she needs in this scene is a couple a hoola-hoops thrown around her aging neck and she could join a 3 Ring Circus or perform in concert like Dita-Fave; GRACE JONES! Uh, no worries something similar comes up in another one of her Horror Films that DITA Reviewed eon’s ago here in the ‘DEN’ called ‘BERSERK’with the beautiful British answer to Marilyn Monroe; Miss DIANA DORS( ‘ROOM 43’,etc.)!

DITA swears in this ‘A.D.D’ over-stimulation Scene she could easily imagine JOAN doing this while dancing, drinking, smoking, dangling thing; coming off like some psychotic, popcorn/peanut selling ‘wacked-out, cracked-out stewardess from hell’ yelling……………………’Get your peanuts……get your popcorn…….cigars, cigarettes……..coffee, tea or me!  JOAN wuz obviously a ‘MULTI-TASKER’, kids! Sorry, went off on a ‘fantasy-rant’! Tee-hee!!!

A-n-y way, the Story-line goes, the she/Joan/ Lucy once chopped off the heads of her Husband and his slutty Mistress 20 years ago and had been in a ‘Looney-Bin’ for quite some time before coming back to stay with her daughter upon her release. Now her daughter had witnessed this beheading scene as a child………of course! As JOAN/Lucy struggles to readjust to society ……..witch includes getting drunk and coming on to her daughters boyfriend…….in front of her, no less!  All the while, ‘SOMEONE’ has taken to chopping of heads again……….??? Hmmmm???

Is it JOAN??? No, it’s……it’s………….??? Uh, ‘WATCH’ the movie to find out Dear! As you know DITA never likes to tell the whole Story, ‘butt’ I will say that there ‘IS’ a ‘surprise-ending’ that keeps this movie fun………and more importantly; FRESH!!!  What else wood you expect from the ‘Master Of Shlock’, Mr. William Castle?

A great, long-awaited Documentary…….witch is included in this Collection, SILLY! So get to clicking on the ‘DVD-Icon’ next to Dear old-er DITA’s Review and get your cool-ass campy Copy of this much coveted Collection of; ’THE WILLIAM CASTLE FILM COLLECTION’ 2-Nite!!!

DITA will be reviewing more Films from this campy Collection in the future! Some of the other Films included in this Castle Collection are;’13 FRIGHTENED GIRLS’, ‘SPINE-TINGLER’; ‘THE WILLIAM CASTLE STORY’( Love it, coming soon to ‘Dita’s-Den’!), ‘HOMICIDAL’, ‘13 GHOSTS’, ‘THE OLD DARK HOUSE’, ‘MR. SARDONICUS’, ‘THE TINGLER’, ‘ZOTZ’ & ‘STRAIT JACKET’. Although, ‘STRAIT JACKET’ remains one of DITA’s favorite William Castle Fright Flicks! DITA gives this horrifically-campy fright-flick

3 SKULLS Out Of A 3 SKULLS Score!!!

 

 

Also Click here to see a great campy ‘Mash-Up’ with Faye Dunaway as Joan Crawford as the new Head of Pepsi-Cola warning the ‘boys-club’/suits’ to ‘F--- with her, fellas! A ‘Must-See’ says DITA; it’s called; ‘PEPSI-COLA VISION MIX’; https://youtu.be/HgKIqSwej-E

So until Next Week,

‘CHAINSAW-KISSES’,
DITA (Disturbia) DIRT NAP

(Too see this cool Music Video entitled; ‘STRAIT JACKET DISTURBIA’, Just Click here; https://youtu.be/OiUQ2RZbHKc )

Scare-Mail Appreciated at; DDN1965@LIVE.COM

Also check out these usual sites as follows;
www.legendfilms.com
www.somethingweird.com
www.elvira.com
www.facebook.com/TheRealElvira
www.scarymonstersmagazine.com
www.thenewbev.com
www.videoscopemag.com
www.imdb.com  ( Type in Joan Crawford for her other works of horror that were once Reviewed all by DITA long ago as a Tribute to Miss Crawford.)
www.lempmansion.com
www.cinefamily.org
www.cinespia.org
www.vinelanddriveintheater.com
www.facebook.com/DJDugGraves  (This my friend DUG GRAVES Radio Horror Show which airs every Friday night, Hon!)
www.radiohalloween.com
www.electricduskdrivein.com  (Located in trendy downtown L.A., CA.)
www.williamcastle.com
www.joancrawford.com
www.facebook.com/WilliamCastle
www.facebook.com/JoanCrawford
www.halloweenalliance.com
www.knotts.com/scaryfarm
www.sixflags.com/frightfest
www.universalhorrornights.com

This Review Dead-icated to DITA’s other past Side-kick; ‘HELL-FIRA’ aka Francie Yarboro-Knotts , who saved this original old Review and lots more DITA-Antiques and sent them to Dear Old DITA by ‘snail-mail’. Thank you ever so very much! XOXO, Hellfira!

You can also stream this film on Amazon Prime!


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