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The Ghost Breakers (1940)

Passed | | Comedy, Horror, Mystery | 21 June 1940 (USA)
A radio broadcaster, his quaking manservant and an heiress investigate the mystery of a haunted castle in Cuba.

Director:

George Marshall

Writers:

Walter DeLeon (screen play), Paul Dickey (based on a play by) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
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
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Storyline

Mary Carter inherits her family's ancestral home, located on a small island off Cuba, and, despite warnings and death threats, decides to take possession of the reputedly haunted castle. She is joined by radio broadcaster Larry Lawrence who, believing he has killed a mob gunman, flees New York with his butler, Alex. Once on the island the threesome enter the eerie castle and after viewing the ghost of one of Mary's ancestors and fighting off a menacing zombie, they find the key to the castle's treasure but are interrupted by an all-too-human foe. Written by Doug Sederberg <vornoff@sonic.net>

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Taglines:

The two stars of "The Cat and the Canary" find love and laughter in a haunted house!

Genres:

Comedy | Horror | Mystery

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 June 1940 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El castillo maldito See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

"Screen Director's Playhouse" broadcast a 60-minute radio adaptation of the movie on June 14, 1951, with Bob Hope again reprising his film role. See more »

Goofs

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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Connections

Version of The Ghost Breaker (1914) See more »

Soundtracks

Thanks for the Memory
(1938) (uncredited)
Music by Ralph Rainger
Lyrics by Leo Robin
Sung briefly by Bob Hope
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One of the best ghost stories on film!
4 May 1999 | by rhwascSee all my reviews

One of my favorite films because it has a perfect balance of comedy, a strong sense of place, and it takes its ghost seriously. Beautiful production design and photography! The old dark house is beautifully set up. I highly recommend this. A sequel to "Cat and the Canary" with Bob Hope. Ghost Breakers resides alongside the more serious "Uninvited" and "The Innocents" as a perfect ghost story.


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