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8 February 1968 (USA) See more »
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In this comedy, Peter Ustinov is the famous pirate's ghost that returns to our time. Blackbeard has... See more » | Full synopsis »
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Funny and entertaining movie about a likable ghost excellently performed by the great Peter Ustinov See more (33 total) »


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Peter Ustinov ... Captain Blackbeard

Dean Jones ... Steve Walker

Suzanne Pleshette ... Jo Anne Baker

Elsa Lanchester ... Emily Stowecroft
Joby Baker ... Silky Seymour

Elliott Reid ... TV Commentator

Richard Deacon ... Dean Wheaton
Norman Grabowski ... Virgil
Kelly Thordsen ... Motorcycle Officer

Michael Conrad ... Pinetop Purvis
Herbie Faye ... Croupier

George Murdock ... Head Official

Hank Jones ... Gudger Larkin

Ned Glass ... Teller
Gil Lamb ... Waiter

Alan Carney ... Bartender
Ted Markland ... Charles
Lou Nova ... Leon
Charlie Brill ... Edward
Herb Vigran ... Danny Oly
William Fawcett ... Mr. Ainsworth, Bank Official

Betty Bronson ... Old Lady
Elsie Baker ... Old Lady
Kathryn Minner ... Old Lady
Sara Taft ... Old Lady
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Phil Arnold ... Popcorn Vendor (uncredited)
Paul Bradley ... Maitre'd (uncredited)
Richard Collier ... Ticket Seller (uncredited)
Gertrude Flynn ... Mrs. Starkey (uncredited)
Byron Foulger ... Mr. Harrison - First Bidder (uncredited)
Paul Genge ... Casino Manager (uncredited)
George Golden ... Man at Auction (uncredited)
Harry Harvey ... Mr. Finch - Third Bidder (uncredited)
Ralph Montgomery ... Reporter (uncredited)
Ray Reese ... Godolphin Member - Track & Javalin (uncredited)

Bing Russell ... Second Track Meet Official (uncredited)
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Directed by
Robert Stevenson 
Writing credits
Bill Walsh (screenplay) &
Don DaGradi (screenplay)

Ben Stahl (book)

Produced by
Bill Walsh .... co-producer
Original Music by
Robert F. Brunner 
Cinematography by
Edward Colman (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Robert Stafford 
Art Direction by
Carroll Clark 
John B. Mansbridge 
Set Decoration by
Hal Gausman 
Emile Kuri 
Costume Design by
Bill Thomas 
Makeup Department
Gordon Hubbard .... makeup artist
La Rue Matheron .... hair stylist
Production Management
Joseph L. McEveety .... unit manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Paul Cameron .... assistant director
Arthur J. Vitarelli .... second unit director
Robert Webb .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Sound Department
Robert O. Cook .... sound supervisor
Dean Thomas .... sound mixer
Special Effects by
Eustace Lycett .... special effects
Robert A. Mattey .... special effects
Visual Effects by
Peter Ellenshaw .... matte artist
Dick Warlock .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Stan Reed .... key grip (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Chuck Keehne .... costumer
Neva Rames .... costumer
Music Department
Cecil A. Crandall .... orchestration
Evelyn Kennedy .... music editor
Other crew
Walt Disney .... presenter
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106 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.75 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound Recording)
Argentina:Atp | Australia:G | Canada:G (Manitoba/Nova Scotia/Quebec) | Canada:F (Ontario) | Finland:S | Iceland:L | Netherlands:AL | Sweden:Btl | UK:U | USA:Approved (original rating) | USA:G (re-rating) (1975) | West Germany:6

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Final credited cinema movie of actor William Fawcett.See more »
Factual errors: A properly functioning Colt automatic pistol does not fire if it is dropped, or if it is incorrectly gripped, yet it does during the run-in with the motorcycle officer.See more »
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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Funny and entertaining movie about a likable ghost excellently performed by the great Peter Ustinov, 29 January 2012
Author: ma-cortes

Fun Disney-fantasy comedy about a pirate/ghost that returns to our time. Enjoyable story that mingles adventure , fantasy , slapdash and amusement . One of Disney's best live-action comedies , this stars Peter Ustinov in the title role as Blackbeard , he has been cursed by his spouse who was an evil witch , so that he will never die . The phantom is suspended between worlds after a curse was put on him by his ex-wife . When a sympathetic trainer named Steve Walker (Dean Jones) arrives in the coastal little town called Godolphin he attends a charity sale and buys an antique bed warmer. After that , Steve discovers a hidden spell and after reading it out aloud he conjures up the title character and he only can see the fantastic pirate , being one important trouble , no one will believe him . The only way to "break" the curse is to do a good act for once in his life . As the notorious pirate is a ghost who has to prevent his descendants from becoming a gambling casino . Meanwhile , an ancient hotel run by some old ladies called ¨Daughters of Buccaneers¨( Elsa Lanchester and others ) of Godolphin little town is under threat of foreclosure from nasty gambling mobster who wishes to construite a house game on the location . As the coach Steve and the gorgeous Jo Anne (Suzanne Pleshette ) help protect his descendants' home from being taken over by racketeers who want to make it casino , both of whom along with the 400-year-old ghost romp around in the motel threatened with closure.

This slapstick fantasy Disney is plenty of adventure , imagination , comedy ad lots of fun . This is a likable sort of a kiddies' adaptation of a ¨ghost story¨ and another attempt for repeat the Mary Poppins magic . Peter Ustinov as the titular phantom of the title is terrific , he steals the show , as himself grins, grunts and botchers around which makes him all the more endearing . Many of the gags are good , but the movie sometimes drags . Highlights of the movie result to be the amusing scenes in which the pirate uses his powers to aid the young runners to gain competitions and fun final at the house game . Well produced by Bill Walsh , colorfully photographed by Edward Colman and lively musical score by Robert Brunner ; the three of them customary experts on Disney fantasy home . The motion picture is well directed by usual craftsman from Disney productions named Robert Steveson who achieved for the famous company its greatest successes such as ¨Mary Poppins¨ , ¨Bednobs and broomsticks , ¨Gnome-mobile¨, ¨Herbie rides again¨ , ¨Absent-minded professor¨, ¨Son of Flubber¨, ¨Shaggy DA¨ , ¨That darn cat¨ , ¨One of our dinosaurs is missing¨ and many others . Rating : Acceptable , 6,5 , worthwhile watching . Amusing and engaging film with effective combination of primitive special effects , live action , adventure , fantasy and humor . The children will get a kick out of this Disney film .

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