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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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Norman Grabowski ...
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Pinetop Purvis
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Gudger Larkin
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Teller
Gil Lamb ...
Waiter
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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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pirate | blackbeard | witch | curse | ghost | See All (95) »

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It's the most hilarious HAUNTING in history! 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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1.75 : 1
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Trivia

Final credited cinema movie of actor William Fawcett. 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

Steve Walker: [referring to Blackbeard] You know something, I think I'm really gonna miss the old scoundrel.
Prof. Jo Anne Baker: You know something? I loved you even when I thought you were nuts.
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Connections

Featured in DisneyPedia: The Life of a Pirate Revealed (2003) See more »

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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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