Abbott and Costello, street candid cameramen, become mistaken for Detroit gunmen by bank robber Sheldon Leonard, are bystanders at the bank holdup and finally head west to Sun Valley to evade arrest on suspicion. Also going west is Leonard and his two thugs, medico Patric Knowles, nurse Elyse Knox, songstress Ginny Simms and Johnny Long with his orchestra, with Simms and band to launch engagement at the winter resort.

Abbott and Costello, street candid cameramen, become mistaken for Detroit gunmen by bank robber Sheldon Leonard, are bystanders at the bank holdup and finally head west to Sun Valley to evade arrest on suspicion. Also going west is Leonard and his two thugs, medico Patric Knowles, nurse Elyse Knox, songstress Ginny Simms and Johnny Long with his orchestra, with Simms and band to launch engagement at the winter resort.

Comedians launch a fast pace at the start, with the bank robbery, visit to the hospital and wild race to a fire providing plenty of opportunity for physical and dialog zaniness. Even train trip west gives the boys something to do, while Costello’s adventures as end man on a snap-the-whip routine on the ice rink is a smackeroo laugh highlight. Climactic routine slides the two boys down the mountainside in a standout chase which also includes Leonard and his confederates.

Hit the Ice

Production

Universal. Dir Charles Lamont; Producer Alex Gottlieb; Screenplay Robert Lee, Frederic Rinaldo, John Grant; Camera Charles Van Enger; Editor Frank Gross; Music Charles Previn (dir.)

Crew

(B&W) Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1943. Running time: 81 MIN.

With

Bud Abbott Lou Costello Ginny Simms Patric Knowles
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