This one's a picnic for Abbott & Costello fans, replete with trowelled-on slapstick, corned-up gags and farcical plot.
This one’s a picnic for Abbott & Costello fans, replete with trowelled-on slapstick, corned-up gags and farcical plot.
Shot by mistake as a traitor in the American Revolutionary War and doomed to remain an earthbound ghost until proved innocent, Costello turns up in 1946 still looking for the evidence. In a similar fix, Marjorie Reynolds floats through the film like a Sears-Roebuck model ghost, but Costello can’t quite make the smoothie grade. It’s good for laughs.
Abbott, who early in the picture plays a 1780 heel, turns up in modern times as a psychiatrist, house-guesting in the mansion Costello and his girl friend are haunting. Latter wreak their revenge via a series of invisible-man stunts that drive the brain specialist out of his mind. This gimmick is worked to the limit, and beyond.