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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 (7)

An even better mix of terror and titters than The Cat and the Canary -- there's even a real zombie shuffling around the appropriately atmospheric sets.

September 19, 2020 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

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.

July 9, 2013 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Mixing laughs and scares.

June 25, 2010 | Rating: B | Full Review…

... George Marshall makes an effort to construct the proper atmosphere around these city folk on a haunted safari in voodooland...

June 11, 2010 | Full Review…

One of the few truly great meshes of comedy and horror that never shorts either genre.

November 20, 2003 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Ghost Breakers

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.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

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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