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Blackbeard's Ghost (1968)

Approved | | Comedy, Family, Fantasy | 8 February 1968 (USA)
On the Carolina coast, Godolphin College's new track coach lodges at Blackbeard's Inn, run by the Daughters of the Buccaneers who claim to be descendants of the notorious pirate and who risk losing their hotel to the local mobster.

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Storyline

In this comedy, Peter Ustinov is the famous pirate's ghost that returns to our time. Blackbeard has been cursed by his last wife who was a notorious witch, so that he will never die. The only way to "break" the curse is to do (for once in his life) a good act. Is the famous pirate able to do something good? Written by Chris Makrozahopoulos <makzax@hotmail.com>

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EVERYBODY cracks up...when the Jolliest Roger of them All pops into the 20th Century! See more »

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Comedy | Family | Fantasy

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8 February 1968 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Le fantôme de Barbe Noire  »

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(RCA Sound Recording)

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Trivia

The nick-name for the descendants of the pirate Blackbeard's crew was "The Daughters of the Buccaneers". See more »

Goofs

The flag flying on Blackbeard's pirate ship at the end is completely inaccurate. Blackbeard flew his own flag which depicted a man stabbing a heart with an arrow. The one used in the film was the flag flown by Richard Worley, another infamous pirate. See more »

Quotes

Head Official: Hey Coach! Shockley Just cleared 6' 11. And they're trying for 7 feet!
Steve Walker: Our Shockley?
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Connections

Featured in Disney Dimanche: Episode #1.1 (1979) See more »

Soundtracks

Heart of Oak
(uncredited)
Traditional
Music by William Boyce
Lyrics by David Garrick
Performed by Peter Ustinov, Dean Jones and Suzanne Pleshette
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Delightful
1 May 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Though this movie isn't a well-known classic, it is still most certainly a shining example of why Disney films were once so enjoyable. The movie features an interesting, offbeat plot of the new coach of a rather dismal track team unwittingly summons the ghost of the vicious pirate, Edward Teach (Peter Ustinov). After centuries caught in limbo, the pirate has evolved into a lovable ne'r-do-well, and does his best to "help" his new companion, much to the consternation of the coach.

Disney regulars Dean Jones, Suzanne Pleshette, Elsa Lanchester, George Murdock, and Richard Deacon star in this little gem. They play their usual character types, but the move is truly made by Peter Ustinov, who plays the role perfectly.

The movie features a lot of slapstick, though it's cleverly presented and plays host to wry dialogue. All in all, a very enjoyable film


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