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Blackbeard's Ghost (1968)

Approved | | Comedy, Family, Fantasy | 8 February 1968 (USA)
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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.

Director:

Robert Stevenson

Writers:

Bill Walsh (screenplay), Don DaGradi (screenplay) | 1 more credit »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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
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Storyline

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

Genres:

Comedy | Family | Fantasy

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 February 1968 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Blackbeard's Ghost See more »

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Box Office

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$21,540,050
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.75 : 1
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Trivia

The 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, unparallelled 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 »

Goofs

Wires visible when Blackbeard helps the Godolphin pole-vaulter. See more »

Quotes

Steve Walker: I don't think you're real and I don't think that sword is real. I'm going to walk straight through it and go to bed!
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Connections

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

Soundtracks

For He's a Jolly Good Fellow
(uncredited)
Traditional
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 TheLittleSongbirdSee 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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