The Ghost Breakers (1940)

The Ghost Breakers




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Paramount followed up its successful Bob Hope/Paulette Goddard co-starrer The Cat and the Canary (1939) by warming up another venerable "old dark house" stage play, Paul Dickey and Charles Goddard's The Ghost Breaker, pluralizing the title to accommodate both stars. This time Hope plays radio personality Lawrence L. Lawrence (the middle initial stands for Lawrence: "My folks had no imagination") who has to flee New York to avoid being mistakenly arrested for murder. He and his manservant Alex … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Mystery & Suspense, Classics, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Walter DeLeon, Walter de Leon
In Theaters:
On DVD: Mar 5, 2002
Paramount Pictures



as Larry Lawrence

as Mary Carter

as Geoff Montgomery

as Parada

as Mother Zombie

as The Zombie

as Ramon/Francisco Made...

as Raspy Kelly

as Frenchy Duval

as Announcer

as Screaming woman

as Lt. Murray

as Police Sergeant

as Elevator boy

as Bellhop

as Hotel porter

as Newsboy

as Ship Bellboy

as Ship porter

as Newsboy

as Headwaiter

as Drunk

as Interne

as Telephone girl
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Critic Reviews for The Ghost Breakers

All Critics (9) | Top Critics (2)

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Full Review… | January 28, 2006
New York Times
Top Critic

If it focused more on the comedy instead of a generic horror plot, then this definitely would have been a fresher comedy. Instead, it's just a mediocre movie that just so happens to have a few funny gags in it.

Full Review… | July 9, 2013
Film Geek Central

Mixing laughs and scares.

Full Review… | June 25, 2010
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

... George Marshall makes an effort to construct the proper atmosphere around these city folk on a haunted safari in voodooland...

Full Review… | June 11, 2010

One of the few truly great meshes of comedy and horror that never shorts either genre.

Full Review… | November 20, 2003
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Audience Reviews for The Ghost Breakers

Lovely cinematography, a sharp witted Hope, and a gorgeous Goddard. Even with all that, the film's primary standout was it's casual racism and depiction of African Americans; it often undercut the humor and suspense.

Steve K

Super Reviewer

One of my favourtie Hope movies, it's really very funny. If you're a fan, check it out. It's sort of a spoof of old horror and mystery movies.

Aj V

Super Reviewer

Good paranormal humor.

Anthony Valletta

Super Reviewer

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