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The Ghost Breakers (1940)




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In this film, radio personality Lawrence L. Lawrence flees New York to avoid being mistakenly arrested for murder. He books passage on a Cuba-bound liner, where he meets heiress Mary Carter. She about to take charge of a supposedly-haunted mansion. Lawrence volunteers to investigate the mansion for Mary.


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 Maderos
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 (6)

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


Two great leads in this horror comedy film. It is not the best of either of them by a long shot and it is not much to write home about but if you like the stars you will probably get some laughs out of it It is a dark and stormy night in Manhattan when Goddard learns that she is the new owner of a supposedly haunted island. Hope on his part is a radio man who is soon on the run from mobsters after a comment he made on air. After a shooting Hope finds himself face to face Goddard and she helps him out of a pickle. Soon she boards her ship heading for her island and he has no choice but to tag along. There everything comes to fruition and the Ghost Breaksers take on the haunts and the dangers of Castillo Maldito. This is a good example of the horror comedies of the 1930s and 40s. Hope was better with Crosby and Goddard was better with Chaplin, but this film certainly has some hilarity.

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Four Star Film Fan

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
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
Aj V

Super Reviewer

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