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The Ghost Breakers (1940)

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 (Willie Best) book passage on a Cuba-bound liner, where they meet lovely heiress Mary Carter (Paulette Goddard). She is heading to Cuba to take charge of her ancestral mansion, despite warnings from several sinister characters that to enter this "haunted" house will mean certain death. Appointing himself Mary's protector, Lawrence investigates the mansion on his own, thereby crossing the path of a zombie (Noble Johnson) and an apparently genuine ghost. He also meets the twin brother of the man he's accused of killing (Anthony Quinn), who seems the most likely suspect when Mary nearly comes to harm.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


Bob Hope
as Larry Lawrence
Paulette Goddard
as Mary Carter
Richard Carlson
as Geoff Montgomery
Paul Lukas
as Parada
Virginia Brissac
as Mother Zombie
Noble Johnson
as The Zombie
Anthony Quinn
as Ramon/Francisco Made...
Tom Dugan
as Raspy Kelly
Paul Fix
as Frenchy Duval
Emmett Vogan
as Announcer
Grace Hayle
as Screaming woman
Robert Elliott
as Lt. Murray
James Blaine
as Police Sergeant
Jack Hatfield
as Elevator boy
David Durand
as Bellhop
James Flavin
as Hotel porter
Leonard Sues
as Newsboy
Jack Edwards
as Ship Bellboy
Max Wagner
as Ship porter
Paul Newlan
as Newsboy
Francisco Maran
as Headwaiter
Robert Ryan
as Interne
Kay Stewart
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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