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The Ghost Breakers (1940)

Passed  -  Comedy | Horror  -  21 June 1940 (USA)
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A radio broadcaster, his quaking manservant and an heiress investigate the mystery of a haunted castle in Cuba.

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Parada
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Alex
Pedro de Cordoba ...
Havez (as Pedro De Cordoba)
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Ramon Mederos / Francisco Mederos
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Frenchy Duval
Lloyd Corrigan ...
Martin
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Mary Carter inherits her family's ancestral home, located on a small island off Cuba, and, despite warnings and death threats, decides to take possession of the reputedly haunted castle. She is joined by radio broadcaster Larry Lawrence who, believing he has killed a mob gunman, flees New York with his butler, Alex. Once on the island the threesome enter the eerie castle and after viewing the ghost of one of Mary's ancestors and fighting off a menacing zombie, they find the key to the castle's treasure but are interrupted by an all-too-human foe. Written by Doug Sederberg <vornoff@sonic.net>

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The two stars of "The Cat and the Canary" find love and laughter in a haunted house!

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Comedy | Horror

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21 June 1940 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Le mystère du château maudit  »

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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One of over 700 Paramount Productions, filmed between 1929 and 1949, which were sold to MCA/Universal in 1958 for television distribution, and have been owned and controlled by Universal ever since. See more »

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When Raspy Kelly goes to Lawrence's apartment, the entire city is in a blackout due to the storm. He uses the doorbell and intercom, even though there's no power. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Mary Carter: Hello, operator? Operator? Operator, the lights in my room. What? The lightning?
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Connections

Version of The Ghost Breaker (1922) See more »

Soundtracks

Thanks for the Memory
(1938) (uncredited)
Music by Ralph Rainger
Lyrics by Leo Robin
Sung briefly by Bob Hope
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Great Bob Hope Who-Done-It Comedy.
24 October 1999 | by (New York City, NY) – See all my reviews

Bob Hope comes to his own as one of the screen's best comedic actors of the 40s. Following his successful mystery/comedy THE CAT AND THE CANARY, Paramount was wise to recast he and Paulette Goddard as the romantic pair of the picture. Add the colorful (no pun intended) Willie Best as Hope's sidekick, a creative script, George Marshall's direction, two Anthony Quinns and you have movie magic. This, walking Zombies, crisp dialogue and real live ghosts floating about in a dark, dank deserted castle with flying bats and that long winding staircase and it's actually scary, even for television. I saw the original in the movie house and remember, although I was very young (ha ha) how it scared me.

And, of course, I fell in love with Paulette.


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