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The Ghost Breakers

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After intrepid working girl Mary Carter (Paulette Goddard) becomes the new owner of a reputedly haunted mansion located on Black Island near the Cuban coast, a stranger (Anthony Quinn) phones to warn her to stay away from the castle. Undaunted, Mary sets sail for Cuba with a stowaway in her trunk -- wise-cracking Larry Lawrence (Bob Hope), a radio announcer who helps Mary get to the bottom of the voodoo magic, zombies and ghosts that supposedly curse the spooky estate.

Cast & Crew

Bob Hope
Larry Lawrence
Richard Carlson
Geoff Montgomery
Virginia Brissac
Mother Zombie
Anthony Quinn
Ramon Mederos, Francisco Mederos
Tom Dugan
Raspy Kelly
Walter DeLeon
Screenwriter
Ernst Toch
Original Music
Charles Lang
Cinematographer
Ellsworth Hoagland
Film Editor
Hans Dreier
Art Director
Robert Usher
Art Director
Edith Head
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Critic Reviews for The Ghost Breakers

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Audience Reviews for The Ghost Breakers

  • Jun 22, 2018
    One of the best of the horror comedy genre owes its success to the pairing of Hope's standard coward routine with Willie Best's standard man servant and coward routine, it's a team made for this stuff. Granted that by today's standards the bits are old and undoubtedly racist but for the times it was groundbreaking. Best got credit on the movie poster, got lines as funny as Hope, and did much more than say "yessir" and "no sir". The height of the film has them together exploring the haunted house. They might've had more chemistry than Hope and Goddard. And it holds up today. See it.
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  • Sep 05, 2010
    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
  • Jul 03, 2008
    Good paranormal humor.
    Anthony V Super Reviewer
  • May 28, 2007
    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

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