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Director:
Writers:
Walter DeLeon (screen play)
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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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

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)

Directed by
George Marshall 
 
Writing credits
Walter DeLeon (screen play)

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 
Robert Usher 
 
Costume Design by
Edith Head (costumes)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Mel Epstein .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
A.E. Freudeman .... interior decorations
 
Sound Department
Harold Lewis .... sound recordist
Richard Olson .... sound recordist
 
Visual Effects by
Farciot Edouart .... process photography
 
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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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:
Robert Ryan makes his screen debut.See more »
Goofs:
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): The elevator operator tells Larry that room 1409 is "down the hall and to the left" yet he gestures down the hall and to the right.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
Mary Carter:Hello, operator? Operator? Operator, the lights in my room. What? The lightning?
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21 out of 22 people found the following review useful.
Willie Best at his best, 30 October 2005
Author: krorie from Van Buren, Arkansas

Bob Hope's early movies were rare gems to be watched over and over. Even the Road pictures with Bing are still fun. Too many of today's viewers only remember Bob's turkeys such as "A Global Affair," "I'll Take Sweden," and "Boy, Did I Get A Wrong Number." These viewers would be surprised to see a fresh young comic that could quip with the best of them. Another able funny man Willie Best, who never got his due because of the racial stereotyping rampant in Hollywood at the time, makes a better sparring partner for Bob than anyone else including Bing Crosby, although Crosby and Hope were also a winning combination with plenty of chemistry between them. The inspired teaming of Hope and Best reminds one of the later inspired teaming of Richard Pryor and Gene Wilder.

In "The Ghost Breakers" Bob Hope and Willie Best are together through much of the picture. So each is able to strut his stuff. Many of the asides and lines are as fresh and humorous today as in 1940. For example, Geoff Montgomery (Richard Carlson) tells Larry Lawrence (Bob Hope) that A zombie has no will of his own. You see them sometimes walking around blindly with dead eyes, following orders, not knowing what they do, not caring. Hope replies, "You mean like Democrats." Would many Americans find that amusing today? I think so. As for Best and Hope. Hope tells Best that if he sees two ghosts running down the stairs, "Let the first one by because that one will be me." Best retorts, "If you see another one pass you,let him go because that one will be me." And the fun continues at a scatter gun pace.

An added attraction is the wonderful and beautiful Paulette Goddard. She and Hope make a charming couple. Yes, when he was young, Bob was considered a romantic leading man to some extent. Never taking himself too seriously Hope would later use this earlier image as a continual joke.

The story based on a Paul Dickey play is also a good one. Goddard inherits a supposedly haunted plantation in Cuba. Bob, who thinks he committed a murder, accidentally ends up aboard ship with her. Are the ghosts real or is someone trying to scare her away from her inheritance? If so, who? Watch and see. Getting there is a lot of fun, combined with thrills and chills aplenty along the way.

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