Stockbroker T.T.Ralston has promised his neice Gwen to double it if she can raise $20,000. for charity. But he connives so those she asks refuse to give her more than the $10,000 she's ... See full summary »
Bob Hope is being stalked by a predatory widow who is a widow of wealthy husbands many times over. Martha Raye is a Texan heiress who wants to marry her boyfriend Andy Devine, but her ... See full summary »
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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
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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. It's initial telecast took place in Los Angeles Saturday 24 January 1959 on KNXT (Channel 2) and it soon became a popular local television favorite, as soon as it first aired in Chicago 3 May 1959 on WBBM (Channel 2), in Seattle 23 May 1959 on KIRO (Channel 7), in Phoenix 19 June 1959 on KVAR (Channel 12), in New York City 11 July 1959 on WCBS (Channel 2), in Minneapolis 12 July 1959 on WTCN (Channel 11), in Philadelphia 15 September 1959 on WCAU (Channel 10), in St. Louis 22 September 1959 on KMOX (Channel 4), in San Francisco 31 October 1959 on KPIX (Channel 5), in Asheville 25 November 1959 on WLOS (Channel 13), in Grand Rapids 19 December 1959 on WOOD (Channel 8), and in Johnstown 20 January 1960 on WJAC (Channel 6). It was released on DVD 5 March 2002 as part of Universal's Bob Hope: The Tribute Collection, and, since that time, has enjoyed occasional airings on Turner Classic Movies. See more »
When Geoff Montgomery knocks on the door to Mary Carter's hotel room, he's wearing his hat but when she opens the door he has it in his hand even though there hasn't been sufficient time after the cut take for him to have removed it. See more »
Hello, operator? Operator? Operator, the lights in my room. What? The lightning?
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When Bob Hope first signed with Paramount what they had in mind for him were some B picture comedies playing the bottom half of double bills. Mr. Hope proved he was considerably more than that and his two films with Paulette Goddard and the film Never Say Die with Martha Raye proved he was a box office attraction.
The Ghost Breakers is the second of two Hope did with Paulette Goddard, the first being The Cat and the Canary. In this one Hope is Lawrence Lawrence Lawrence from parents as he said with a lack of imagination. He's a Walter Winchell type radio broadcaster and columnists and he spills some gangster information as Winchell was wont to do many times. Of course Winchell had the best source of information going in J. Edgar Hoover whereas Hope has raspy voiced stoolie Tom Dugan as his source.
When a story gets a little too close to home, Hope gets a summons from one of the gangland lords for a conference. But in the same hotel is Paulette Goddard who has just been warned by Anthony Quinn not to close a deal on a castle in an island off Cuba. When Quinn gets murdered Hope thinks he did it and Goddard and he are soon involved in every which way possible.
On my VHS copy is the trailer for The Ghost Breakers in which it's advertised that this new Bob Hope film will feature his 'boy' Syracuse played by Willie Best. Of course this is a play on Jack Benny's valet Rochester. Would that Willie Best was as fast on the uptake in putting down Hope as Eddie Anderson was as Rochester. Instead Best had to endure the indignity of being referred to as 'boy' in the trailer. He played the part as servile as the norm. Funny thing was his name in the film was Alex, he was never referred to as Syracuse.
Still the film does have its funny moments, especially when Hope and Goddard arrive at the haunted mansion. It's obvious there is more than ghosts haunting this place and Director George Marshall has a nice group of suspects to throw at us with Anthony Quinn, Paul Lukas, Richard Carlson, and Lloyd Corrigan. Yes, I did say Anthony Quinn who plays his own twin brother.
At the end it's actually Willie Best who saves them all. But what a surprise ending it would have been if Best had been the real villain of the piece.
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