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The Ghost Breakers [DVD]

Bob Hope , Paulette Goddard , George Marshall    Parental Guidance   DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Bob Hope, Paulette Goddard, Richard Carlson, Paul Lukas, Willie Best
  • Directors: George Marshall
  • Producers: Arthur Hornblow Jr.
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Studiocanal
  • DVD Release Date: 27 July 2009
  • Run Time: 83 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002BC9YG6
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 24,397 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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Comedy thriller starring Bob Hope. Mary Carter (Paulette Goddard) inherits her family's ancestral home, located on a small island off Cuba, and - despite a series of warnings and death threats - decides to take possession of its reputedly haunted castle. Radio personality Lawrence L. Lawrence (Hope), who has fled New York after a wrongful arrest for murder, becomes Mary's self-appointed protector.

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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Bob Hope on top form! 18 July 2005
By jlh
A sequel if you like to"the cat and the canary"Bob Hope and Paulette Goddard reunite for more haunted house thrills and laughs.Not quite as good,but not far behind.Picture quality good on the whole(far superior to "the cat and the canary",which was awful.Orbit Media responsible for both,by the way)and a small part of the film has been cut(inside the castle)But worth buying anyway!!!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Hope 10 July 2009
By Johnnybluetime VINE VOICE
Made a year after The Cat and the Canary and again starring Hope and Paulette Goddard this classic tale of ghostly goings-on in the swamps of Cuba has held its appeal. Not as creepy or genuinely scary as The Cat it does have some memorably funny lines and perhaps Hope's first great performance. He plays radio gossip columnist Larry Lawrence ( To receptionist; "How was I?" "Marvellous - if you're any judge." ) who upsets local gangsters and goes on the lam after mistakenly thinking he's killed someone. He hides out in Paulette Goddard's hotel room on the eve of her departure to inherit a haunted mansion off the coast of Cuba and when he hears that she's being threatened decides to accompany her. There's some great physical comedy, some questionable gags involving Willie Best a couple of which really make me cringe,a dual role by a young-ish Anthony Quinn, a host of great lines - during one tense scene Hope says "A good laugh would be worth a lot of money right now.", and a not bad haunted house/zombie script that has a few creepy moments. All in all a comedy classic that's perfect late night viewing.

This release bears the same cover as the Region 1 Universal Studios release, which is a pretty good all round print with clear sound and picture. Whether this is the same print is open to question as the Optimum Releasing website gives no further information. However, the Region 1 release does contain three short films involving Hope, Command Performance 1944, Entertaining the Troops and Hollywood Victory Caravan, all of which are worth seeing and might make that disc the better buy for anyone with multi-region player.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
By Lawrance M. Bernabo HALL OF FAME VINE VOICE
Bob Hope turned 100 today and the question was raised as to what movie of his should people try to see that is (a) pretty good but (b) not one of the standards like "Paleface" or the Road Pictures with Bing Crosby. My vote is for this 1940 film, "The Ghost Breakers?" The film is usually dismissed because it was just another one of haunted house comedies that were being produced right before World War II, but we are talking Bob Hope and that makes all the differences: Bob Hope being scared to death still makes me laugh, long after Lou Costello's similar routine grows stale. Having considerable hilarity going on before we even get inside the haunted house also helps the film.
The plot of this 85-minute black & white comedy has Bob Hope as Larry Lawrence, a radio star who has made his reputation as a muckraker. Fleeing from a murder in a hotel he ends up in the trunk of Mary Carter (Paulette Goddard) who is on her way to Cuba, where she has inherited the haunted Black Island and its haunted Castillo Maldito. Once on the island, Mary runs into the charming Parada (Paul Lukas), her old friend Geoff Montgomery (Richard Carlson), and the scheming Mederos twins (Anthony Quinn and Anthony Quinn). Meanwhile, at the castle awaiting Larry and Mary are the Mother Zombie (Virginia Brissac) and her giant zombie son (Noble Johnson, who you might remember as the native chief in the original "King Kong"). Larry and his trusted valet Alex (Willie Best) go ahead to the castle to make sure everything is safe for Mary, at which point wackiness ensues.
In contrast to the Road pictures Hope stays in character throughout the film and his romancing of Mary rings true. There is an earnestness to Hope's character that is missing from most of his comedies.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars You still there zomb? 21 Jun 2011
By Spike Owen TOP 500 REVIEWER
The Ghost Breakers is a sort of sequel to Paramount's 1939 hit The Cat and the Canary, also starring Bob Hope and Paulette Goddard. Directed by George Marshall {who would direct the Dean Martin/Jerry Lewis 1958 remake, Scared Stiff, as well} it's adapted by Walter DeLeon from the play The Ghost Breaker by Paul Dickey and Charles W. Goddard. The premise is simple, after mistakenly thinking he has shot a hoodlum type, Larry Lawrence {Hope} flees into another hotel room, that of Mary Carter {Goddard}, who is packing for a trip to Cuba. Befriending her, it's not before long that Larry is on his way to Cuba as well, but Mary is under threat from shifty characters and to make mattes worse, their destination castle is rumoured to be haunted and tales of zombies seem to carry some weight.

Hope and Goddard really do have a rich chemistry here and the results are excellent to say the least. They would work again for a third time a year later in Nothing But the Truth. But really it's with the writing that most credit is due here. Hope of course was an excellent deliverer of a line, but first you have to have quality lines to work from, and here with DeLeon's screenplay we get some delightful stuff for Hope to work with. From Basil Rathbone to sly political leg pulling, the gags come quick and fast and compliment the visual fun as Hope, Goddard and Willie Best are all aboard the fun creeper express. Charles Lang is on photography duties and captures the eerie atmosphere of the island perfectly, while a nod of approval should go to Edith Head for her costumes.

Ultimately it's fun we want and fun we get, with a cowardly hero and a sexy leggy lady as our protagonists, one can only hope the zombies don't get in the way too much. As either a stand alone movie or as a double bill with The Cat And The Canary, The Ghost Breakers showcases a fine double act, from a fine time in cinema. Enjoy 7.5/10
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
good old b & w classic movie
Published 21 hours ago by allan collis
4.0 out of 5 stars Check your luggage
Paulette Goddard (Mary) inherits a spooky mansion in Cuba that comes with a ghostly reputation. She isn’t bothered and eagerly sets sail to check it out. Read more
Published 8 days ago by Alex da Silva
5.0 out of 5 stars Bit of nostalgia
I watched this film on television as a child and was delighted to be able see it again many years later. Good picture and sound quality. Worth the wait.
Published 3 months ago by Chrissy123
2.0 out of 5 stars loved it
but you have to be a fan of the oldies! black and white much slower placed
takes me back to what we thought were "scary" movies when I was young!
Published 8 months ago by Mrs. P. A. Quinn
5.0 out of 5 stars Ghost breaker
I rate this one of the best films bob hope has done and the service I gt from amazon was fantastic
Published 12 months ago by Bobby
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Film.
I remember watching this when i was much younger,loved it then and still do,very entertaining,Bob Hope at his very best.
Published 15 months ago by Bill Pini
4.0 out of 5 stars Golden oldie
It's great to find these old films restored and out on DVD,
Must be a good film for you to a) remember it and b) want to see it again several years later. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Rev-Iewby
5.0 out of 5 stars Bob Hope at his best
Brilliant old fashioned film, Bob Hope is perfect for this film, old fashioned fun for everyone, whether you guess the ending or not, it's great
Published 18 months ago by Dianne
4.0 out of 5 stars Same as before
Packing poor ,neither cardboard nor thinly padded envelopes are sufficient for a lot of goods ESPECIALLY DVD's but then I don't suppose anyone cares as long as they get paid!
Published 19 months ago by Raven
4.0 out of 5 stars they dont make them like that anymore!!
i watched this movie many years ago and loved it then. I stumbled across this whilst christmas shopping and just had to buy it. funny, funny, funny!!! good clean fun!
Published 19 months ago by geraldine
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