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The Ghost Breakers (1940)

Passed  -  Comedy | Horror | Mystery  -  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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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 | Mystery

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21 June 1940 (USA)  »

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El castillo maldito  »

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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Trivia

Robert Ryan makes his screen debut. See more »

Goofs

Obvious wires hold up the fluttering bats. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Mary Carter: Hello, operator? Operator? Operator, the lights in my room. What? The lightning?
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Referenced in Murder, He Says (1945) See more »

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Thanks for the Memory
(1938) (uncredited)
Music by Ralph Rainger
Lyrics by Leo Robin
Sung briefly by Bob Hope
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Funny old-house-ish comedy
25 August 2000 | by (Somewhere in New Jersey) – See all my reviews

The basic plot: Bob Hope gets mixed up in a plot to get Paulette Goddards fortune.

The praise: Its a funny movie, with Bob Hope doing plenty of good gags and wisecracks . It also has a diverting , intriguing plot, suspense, and an eerie, funny old house part towards the end . The old house one is a fine set, and you won't have a clue who done it till the end. Paulette Goddard looks fetching, and the film is dated only by black stereotyping. The zombie scene works both seriously and as a spoof. Enjoy!


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