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The Ghost Breakers (1940)
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The Ghost Breakers (1940) Mary Carter inherits her family's ancestral home, located on a small island off Cuba, and, despite warnings and death threats, decides to take possesion of the reputedly haunted castle. She is joined by radio broadcaster Larry Lawrence who, believing he has killed a mob gunsel, flees New york with his butler, Alex. Once on the island the threesome enter the eerie castle and after viewing the ghost of one of Mary's ancestors and fighting off a menacing zombie, they find the key to the castle's treasure but are interrupted by an all-too-human foe.

Movie Tagline:
The two stars of "The Cat and the Canary" find love and laughter in a haunted house!

Title: Ghost Breakers, The
Release Date: June 07, 1940
Runtime: 85 mins
Genre: Comedy
All Genres: Comedy, Horror
Languages: English
Country: USA
Colors: Black and White
Sound: Mono
IMDB Rating: 7.4
Buried.com Rating: 8.4 - (Rate This Horror Movie at Buried.com)
Category: Horror Movies Starting With G

MPAA Rating: TV-G

George Marshall

Bob Hope ...Larry Lawrence
Paulette Goddard ...Mary Carter
Richard Carlson ...Geoff Montgomery
Paul Lukas ...Parada
Willie Best ...Alex
Pedro de Cordoba ...Havez (as Pedro De Cordoba)
Virginia Brissac ...Mother Zombie
Noble Johnson ...The Zombie
Anthony Quinn ...Ramon Mederes / Francisco Mederes
Tom Dugan ...Raspy Kelly
Paul Fix ...Frenchy Duval
Lloyd Corrigan ...Martin
James Blaine ...Police Sergeant
David Durand ...Bellhop
Jack Edwards ...Ship Bellboy
Robert Elliott ...Lieutenant Murray
James Flavin ...Hotel Porter
Jack Hatfield ...Elevator Boy
Grace Hayle ...Screaming Woman
Douglas Kennedy ...Intern
Francisco Maran ...Headwaiter
Dolores Moran ...Las Palmas patron
Paul Newlan ...Baggage Handler
Jack Norton ...Drunk
Robert Ryan ...Intern
Larry Steers ...Man in Hotel Hallway
Kay Stewart ...Telephone Girl
Leonard Sues ...Newsboy
Brick Sullivan ...Policeman at Boat Dock
Blanca Vischer ...Dolores - Cuban Girl

» [more cast members]

Arthur Hornblow Jr.
William LeBaron

Paul Dickey
Charles W. Goddard
Walter DeLeon

Ernst Toch
Victor young

Movie Soundtrack(s):
"Thanks for the Memory"

More Movie Taglines:
  • The two stars of "The Cat and the Canary" find love and laughter in a haunted house!
Movie Quote(s):
  • Geoff Montgomery: It's worse than horrible because a zombie has no will of his own. You see them sometimes walking around blindly with dead eyes, following orders, not knowing what they do, not caring. Larry Lawrence: You mean like Democrats?
  • Larry Lawrence: The girls call me Pilgrim, because every time I dance with one I make a little progress.
  • Larry Lawrence: Pardon me, am I protruding?
  • Parada: Are you the one advising Miss Carter to sell the castle? Larry Lawrence: No, my advice is keep the castle and sell the ghosts. Parada: I myself have heard of only one ghost: the spirit of Don Santiago. Larry Lawrence: Tell me, does he appear nightly or just Sundays and Holidays?
  • Larry Lawrence: Must have been a frog in my throat. Alex: It's better than havin' a knife in it.
Movie Trivia:
  • The castle in the story is called "Castillo Maldito". It means "Castle of the Damned", or "Evil Castle".
  • Robert Ryan makes his screen debut.
  • "The Ghost Breaker" opened on Broadway in New York City, New York, USA on 3 March 1913 and closed in May 1913 after 72 performances. The opening night cast included H.B. Warner who also starred in the 1914 film adaptation of the play.
  • One of over 700 Paramount Productions, filmed between 1929 and 1949, which were sold to MCA/Universal in 1958 for television distribution, and have been owned and controlled by Universal ever since.
  • "Screen Director's Playhouse" broadcast a 30 minute radio adaptation of the movie on April 3, 1949 with Bob Hope reprising his film role.
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