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Average Rating:     [8.86/10]   5 votes


Chuck Murray (Bud Abbott) & Ferdy Jones (Lou Costello) are working as waiters in a nightclub, but quickly lose their jobs and go back to working at a service station. While serving a customer, gangster 'Moose' Matson, they end up in the back seat of his car when the police arrive and give chase. 'Moose' is killed by the police, but he leaves a will bequeathing an old country inn to whomever was with him when he died, so of course Ferdy and Chuck inherit.

Unknown to them, though, members of Matson's gang are looking for his stolen loot, which 'Moose' always insisted was "in his head." The boys are taken to the inn by Charlie Smith (Marc Lawrence), one of the gangsters, in a private bus. The bus driver strands the boys, along with other passengers Dr. Jackson, Norma Lind and Camille Brewster (Joan Davis). Charlie disappears, and while searching for him, the rest discover that the inn was once a speakeasy and gambling den, cleverly disquised in the event of raids. Bodies keep appearing and disappearing, and Lou is bedeviled by disappearing gambling tables, while the gangsters search for the missing loot.

Shemp Howard has a brief role as a frustrated soda jerk in the second reel.

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Shemp Howard (Solo)
Release Date
August 07, 1941
Production Type
Feature Film
86 min.
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Working Title(s):   OH, CHARLIE!
Shooting Days:   32 days   From: 1941-01-21   To: 1941-02-26

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Posted 2013-08-06 21:23:10 by Shemp_Diesel

One of the all-time great scare comedies & fortunately the Ted Lewis/Andrews Sisters bits are kept to a minimum so we can focus mainly on the antics of Bud & Lou.

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Posted 2001-05-08 21:53:00 by BeAStooge
Minus half a poke for Shemp's role largely on the editing room floor. But the teaming of Bud and Lou and Joan Davis is genius; too bad it didn't happen again.

Reviewer's Rating: (9)
Posted 2001-02-12 23:08:00 by sickdrjoe
If you can deal with the romantic subplots and songs (one by the unbearably bad Ted Lewis), there's a pretty good Abbott & Costello comedy hidden in there somewhere. Shemp has a good bit as a soda jerk.

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