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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 ... See full summary »

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Gudger Larkin
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Gil Lamb ...
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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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pirate | blackbeard | witch | curse | ghost | See All (95) »

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Ghost-to-Ghost Laughs!

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Comedy | Family | Fantasy

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8 February 1968 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Käpt'n Blackbeards Spuk-Kaschemme  »

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(RCA Sound Recording)

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(Technicolor)

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1.75 : 1
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Trivia

The film's opening prologue states: "In the early years of the eighteenth century lived the pirate Edward Teach, known as Blackbeard. From the Spanish Main to the Carolinas, he wrought a bloody tale of destruction, unparalleled for its ferocity and terror. Blackbeard was killed in sea battle off the American shore ~. This was followed by widespread joy when it became known the dread pirate had gone at last ~ ~ ~. Or had he?". See more »

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Wire visible when Blackbeard takes the bottle of rum from the motorcycle cop See more »

Quotes

Blackbeard: I did have a treasure. I had a big treasure. Lovely, I did. But I spent it all in one week. Among the flesh pots and gambling hells of Port Royal oh what a glorious week!
Steve Walker: Oh you know what you are? You are a total loss you're not even a respectable ghost! You're a phoney! A phoney!
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For He's a Jolly Good Fellow
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Performed by Elsa Lanchester and The Old Ladies' Choir
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Silly and a little overlong, but thanks to a stellar Peter Ustinov it is a very enjoyable film
3 March 2010 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

While silly and over-the-top at times, this film is a lot of fun. My main problem though with "Blackbeard's Ghost" though is that it is tad too long by 10 minutes. But it is hugely enjoyable entertainment for the whole family, with some nice costumes and cinematography. Also a vast majority of the jokes are very funny, the intriguing plot is along the lines of "The Canterville Ghost" and the performances are spirited. Peter Ustinov, a great actor, makes a very lively lead who is condemned to wander in limbo until he performs a good deed, and Dean Jones also does a good job. Elsa Lanchester almost steals the film though, as one of the ladies he must save from gambling gangsters. Overall, while not perfect, it is enjoyable and worth watching. 7/10 Bethany Cox


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