Hit the Ice (film)

Hit the Ice is a 1943 film starring the comedy team of Abbott and Costello and their first film directed by Charles Lamont. Lamont later directed the team's last few films in the 1950s.

Hit the Ice
Theatrical release poster
Directed byCharles Lamont
Produced byAlex Gottlieb
Written byTrue Boardman
Robert Lees
Frederic I. Rinaldo
StarringBud Abbott
Lou Costello
Ginny Simms
Patric Knowles
Elyse Knox
Sheldon Leonard
Music byHarry Revel
Paul Francis Webster
Edited byFrank Gross
Distributed byUniversal Pictures
Release date
  • June 2, 1943 (1943-06-02)
Running time
82 min
CountryUnited States
Box office$1.8 million (US rentals)[1]


Two sidewalk photographers, Tubby McCoy (Lou Costello) and Flash Fulton (Bud Abbott), aspire to work for the local newspaper. Their childhood friend, Dr. Bill Burns (Patric Knowles), invites them to come along on a call to a building fire. While attempting to photograph the inferno, Tubby is injured and brought to Burns' hospital. While they are there, Silky Fellowsby (Sheldon Leonard), a gangster who is admitted as a patient to establish an alibi for a robbery he is planning, mistake Tubby and Flash for two Detroit hitmen. He expects them to guard the bank's entrance while they rob it, while they mistakenly believe that they are hired to take photographs of the gang as they leave the bank. When the bank is robbed, Tubby and Flash are considered the prime suspects.

Fellowsby heads to a ski resort in Sun Valley to "recuperate", hiring Burns and his nurse (Elyse Knox) to care for him. To clear their names, Tubby and Flash go to the resort, where they are hired as waiters. They attempt to retrieve the stolen cash by blackmailing the gangsters with the bank photographs, which turn out to be worthless since the robbers' faces are not shown. A fight ensues and after a climactic ski chase down the mountain, the gangsters are caught.



Hit the Ice was put into production 12 days after the team completed It Ain't Hay. It was filmed from November 23 through December 31, 1942.

On the final day of shooting, the team appeared on their weekly radio show, where they were crowned the nation's top box office stars for 1942 in a poll of theater exhibitors.


It was re-released on a double bill with an earlier Abbott and Costello film, Hold That Ghost, in 1949.

Home media

This film has been released twice on VHS. The first time on VHS and Beta in 1987 and again on VHS in 1991.

This film has been released twice on DVD. The first time, on The Best of Abbott and Costello Volume Two, on May 4, 2004, and again on October 28, 2008 as part of Abbott and Costello: The Complete Universal Pictures Collection.


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