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Release Date:
21 June 1940 (USA) See more »
The two stars of "The Cat and the Canary" find love and laughter in a haunted house!
A radio broadcaster, his quaking manservant and an heiress investigate the mystery of a haunted castle in Cuba. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Bob Hope ... Larry Lawrence

Paulette Goddard ... Mary Carter

Richard Carlson ... Geoff Montgomery

Paul Lukas ... Parada
Willie Best ... Alex
Pedro de Cordoba ... Havez (as Pedro De Cordoba)
Virginia Brissac ... Mother Zombie
Noble Johnson ... The Zombie

Anthony Quinn ... Ramon Mederos / Francisco Mederos
Tom Dugan ... Raspy Kelly

Paul Fix ... Frenchy Duval
Lloyd Corrigan ... Martin
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
James Blaine ... Police Sergeant (uncredited)
David Durand ... Bellhop (uncredited)
Jack Edwards ... Ship Bellboy (uncredited)
Robert Elliott ... Lieutenant Murray (uncredited)
James Flavin ... Hotel Porter (uncredited)
Jack Hatfield ... Elevator Boy (uncredited)
Grace Hayle ... Screaming Woman (uncredited)
Douglas Kennedy ... Intern (uncredited)
Francisco Marán ... Headwaiter (uncredited)
Dolores Moran ... Las Palmas Patron (uncredited)
Paul Newlan ... Baggage Handler (uncredited)
Jack Norton ... Drunk (uncredited)
Tom Quinn ... Man in Hotel Hallway (uncredited)

Robert Ryan ... Intern (uncredited)
Larry Steers ... Man in Hotel Hallway (uncredited)
Kay Stewart ... Telephone Girl (uncredited)
Leonard Sues ... Newsboy (uncredited)
Brick Sullivan ... Policeman at Boat Dock (uncredited)
Blanca Vischer ... Dolores - Cuban Girl (uncredited)
Emmett Vogan ... Radio Announcer (uncredited)
Max Wagner ... Ship Porter (uncredited)
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Directed by
George Marshall 
Writing credits
Walter DeLeon (screen play by)

Paul Dickey (based on a play by) and
Charles W. Goddard (based on a play by)

Produced by
Arthur Hornblow Jr. .... producer
William LeBaron .... executive producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Ernst Toch (music score by)
Victor Young (uncredited)
Cinematography by
Charles Lang (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Ellsworth Hoagland (edited by)
Art Direction by
Hans Dreier (art direction)
Robert Usher (art direction)
Costume Design by
Edith Head 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Mel Epstein .... assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
A.E. Freudeman .... interior decorations
Sound Department
Harold Lewis .... sound recording by
Richard Olson .... sound recording by
Visual Effects by
Farciot Edouart .... process photography by
Camera and Electrical Department
Andrew J. Durkus .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Bill Heckler .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Music Department
Andrea Setaro .... musical advisor
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85 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)
Finland:K-16 | Sweden:15 | UK:PG | USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:Approved (PCA #6126) | USA:TV-G (TV rating)

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The play, "The Ghost Breaker," by Paul Dickey and Charles W. Goddard, was filmed twice as a silent film, in 1914 (directed by Cecil B. DeMille), and in 1922. Both silent versions are considered lost. The play was filmed a final time as Scared Stiff (1953), starring Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis. Bob Hope made a cameo appearance in the film.See more »
Continuity: 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 »
[first lines]
Mary Carter:Hello, operator? Operator? Operator, the lights in my room. What? The lightning?
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11 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
Zombies and Ghosts and Murder, Oh My, 22 February 2007
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

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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