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Director:
Writers:
Walter DeLeon (screen play by)
Paul Dickey (based on a play by) ...
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Release Date:
21 June 1940 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
The two stars of "The Cat and the Canary" find love and laughter in a haunted house!
Plot:
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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User Reviews:
One of the best ghost stories on film! See more (54 total) »

Cast

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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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Runtime:
85 min
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Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)
Certification:
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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Trivia:
The castle in the story is called "Castillo Maldito". It means "Castle of the Damned", or "Evil Castle".See more »
Goofs:
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 »
Quotes:
[first lines]
Mary Carter:Hello, operator? Operator? Operator, the lights in my room. What? The lightning?
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19 out of 20 people found the following review useful.
One of the best ghost stories on film!, 4 May 1999
Author: rhwasc from Beverly Hills, CA

One of my favorite films because it has a perfect balance of comedy, a strong sense of place, and it takes its ghost seriously. Beautiful production design and photography! The old dark house is beautifully set up. I highly recommend this. A sequel to "Cat and the Canary" with Bob Hope. Ghost Breakers resides alongside the more serious "Uninvited" and "The Innocents" as a perfect ghost story.

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