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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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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
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)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
The castle in the story is called "Castillo Maldito". It means "Castle of the Damned", or "Evil Castle".See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: A ghost is seen walking in the foyer where Lawrence finds his body is entombed. Later, Lawrence "discovers" the same ghost's body in the crypt.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
Mary Carter:Hello, operator? Operator? Operator, the lights in my room. What? The lightning?
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Movie Connections:
Featured in A Little Bit Zombie (2012)See more »
Soundtrack:
Thanks for the MemorySee more »

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5 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
My favorite horror-comedy, 24 October 2005
Author: horrorfilmx from United States

Like others, I first saw this as a kid and was so scared I didn't realize it was supposed to be a comedy. I watched it again last night and was still impressed by how effective the horror scenes are. Noble Johnson in his subtle but terrific zombie make-up is as chilling as anything in a "straight" horror film of the period. The sets are great and the cinematography wonderfully atmospheric. George Marshall was a very underrated director and his pictorial sense is frequently stunning (note the two shot of Paulette Goddard in her period costume and the painting of her ancestor on the wall). Goddard is strikingly pretty and charming, Bob Hope seems fresh and energetic (and very effective in some of his straight moments) and Willy Best gets to shed his "scared darky" persona and play a funny and reasonably straight role. Those who've commented on the humiliating racial stereotype Best seems to be playing here are understandably confused. THE GHOST BREAKERS is years ahead of its time in its treatment of Best's character. This is a guy who began his career under the stage name "Sleep'n'Eat", yet here he plays a rational and reasonably intelligent character named Alex, a comic sidekick but one that might easily have been played by Edward Everett Horton or any number of white actors. He's the one who figures out that Hope couldn't be a murderer because he was carrying the wrong caliber gun, and while he's as scared of a zombie as anybody would be he also pitches into the fight when the monster has to be subdued. If Best didn't consider this one of the best (sorry about that) roles of his career I'd be very surprised.

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