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Hit the Ice

 Hit the Ice (1943) starring Bud Abbott, Lou Costello, Ginny Sims, Sheldon Leonard

Flash Fulton (Bud Abbott) and Weejie McCoy (Lou Costello) take pictures of a bank robbery. They’re lured to the mountain resort hideout of the robbers. They’re accompanied by Dr. Bill Elliott (Patric Knowles) and Peggy Osborn (Elyse Knox). They meet old friend Johnny Long  and his band and singer Marcia Manning (Ginny Simms). Dr. Elliott and Peggy are being held in a remote cabin by the robbers…

In  Hit the Ice,  Bud Abbott  and  Lou Costello  are  sidewalk photographers. Next, they get mixed up with bank robbers. After, they wind up at a ski resort. As you can imagine, various hijinks ensue. This film has the trademark  Abbott and Costello  verbal humor, and plenty of visual comedy, too. Lou’s mishaps on a skating rink are amusing, and a  frantic chase finale has Lou turning into a giant snowball!  The supporting cast features Sheldon Leonard as the criminal mastermind. Also, fans of ’40s music will enjoy vocalist Ginny Simms.

I rate it 4 clowns out of 5.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Product Description 

The laughs snowball when ambitious amateur photographers Flash Fulton (Bud Abbott) and Tubby McCoy (Lou Costello) get suckered into pulling off a bank heist, and then must track down gang boss Silky Fellowsby (Sheldon Leonard) before the cops track them down! With Ginny Simms, Patric Knowles, Elyse Knox, Joe Sawyer. 89 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English. Region Free

Funny movie quotes from Abbott and Costello’s  Hit the Ice

Weejie “Tubby” McCoy (Lou Costello): Hey! Where’s the fire?
Marcia Manning: In your eyes.

Weejie “Tubby” McCoy (Lou Costello): [moaning] Oh I was shot, somebody stabbed me.

Flash Fulton (Bud Abbott): This bank’s been stuck up.
Weejie “Tubby” McCoy (Lou Costello): What’ve they got to be stuck up for? They’re no better than any other bank.

Nurse #1: You’ve just had a baby.
Weejie “Tubby” McCoy (Lou Costello): Oh a baby … is it a boy or girl?
Nurse #1: Boy.
Weejie “Tubby” McCoy (Lou Costello): Oh … does he look like me?
Nurse #1: Exactly like you.
Weejie “Tubby” McCoy (Lou Costello): Oh a baby … A BABY!
[jumps up from the gurney, revealing himself to be a man and runs away, the nurse screams and faints]
Flash Fulton (Bud Abbott): Where’ve you been?
Weejie “Tubby” McCoy (Lou Costello): Having a baby.

Weejie “Tubby” McCoy (Lou Costello): [trying to get the dog sled team to run] Oatmeal, oatmeal! Cornmeal! … Mush!

Weejie “Tubby” McCoy (Lou Costello): [trying to ice skate] Left foot, right foot, left foot, everybody’s doing it.

[Bud and Lou are trying to sneak onto a train without tickets, when Bud  notices a band getting onboard by announcing the instrument they play and sneaks into line behind the two bass fiddles]
First Band Member: Bass Fiddle.
Second Band Member: Second Bass.
Flash Fulton (Bud Abbott): Third Bass.
Weejie “Tubby” McCoy (Lou Costello): Shortstop.
Conductor: [marking off the list] Shortstop… [realizes]  Shortstop! Hey, you, ‘shortstop’!

Cast of characters

 Trivia for Abbott and Costello’s  Hit the Ice

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