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Hit the Ice (1943)





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The Abbott & Costello vehicle Hit the Ice started life as satire of health clinics, with Lou Costello cast as a hypochondriac who used a streetcar conductor's change-purse to dispense pills to himself. By the time the film hit the screens, it was a standard A&C melange of comedy, music and fast-paced chase scenes, with nary a pill in sight. Bud and Lou are cast as would-be photojournalists Flash and Tubby, who inadvertently snap a picture of two bank robbers leaving the scene of the crime. Accused of knocking over the bank themselves, our heroes find it expedient to hide out at a Sun Valley ski resort. Here they tie up with Silky Fellowsby (Sheldon Leonard), the mastermind of the bank heist, who is led to believe that Flash and Tubby are a couple of Detroit "hit men". In the course of events, Tubby falls in love with Silky's girl Marcia Manning (Ginny Simms), romancing her by pretending (with Flash's dubious assistance) to be an accomplished concert pianist. The final confrontation with the crooks leads to an elaborate chase on skis, with all manner of hilarious (and wildly impossible) sight gags. The barely necessary romantic subplot involves doctor Bill Elliot (Patric Knowles) and nurse Peggy Osborne (played by Elyse Knox, the mother of actor Mark Harmon). Best bits: the classic "packing-unpacking routine, a zany skating sequence, and the old "I'll bet I can stand next to you and you can't touch me" chestnut. Hit the Ice was Lou Costello's last film before rheumatic fever kept him off screen for a full year.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Classics, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Robert Lees, Frederic I. Rinaldo, John Grant
In Theaters:
MCA Universal Home Video


Bud Abbott
as Flash Fulton
Lou Costello
as Weejie 'Tubby' McCoy
Ginny Simms
as Marcia Manning
Patric Knowles
as Dr. William 'Bill' B...
Elyse Knox
as Nurse Peggy Osborne
Joe Sawyer
as Buster
Sheldon Leonard
as `Silky Fellowsby'
Johnny Long
as Himself
Pat Flaherty
as Police Lieutenant
Bobby Barber
as Porter on Train
Ken Christy
as Fire Chief
Billy Wayne
as Man in Bed
Rebel Randall
as Woman in Bed
Eddie Parker
as Ambulance Driver
Helen Young
as Herself (vocalist, J...
Virginia Sale
as Nurse who Faints
Harry Strang
as Train Check-in Gatem...
Joseph Sawyer
as Buster - Silky's Hen...
Wade Boteler
as Train Conductor #2
Joseph Crehan
as Train Conductor #1
Eddie Dunn
as Officer Murphy
Edward Gargan
as Bank Policeman
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All Critics (3) | Top Critics (2)

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
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Full Review… | March 25, 2006
New York Times
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July 31, 2005

Audience Reviews for Hit the Ice

Abbott and Costello are mistaken for hitmen by a gangster and are hired to aid in a bank robbery. Only tho duo are sought by the cops for the crime, so they attempt to blackmail the gangsters while on the run from the cops. Funny final chase scene in the snow!


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