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Blackbeard's Ghost

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Overview

Blackbeard's Ghost was one of the first Disney productions released after Walt's death. Peter Ustinov stars as the eponymous wraith, who returns to Earth to come to aid of his descendant, elderly Elsa Lanchester. The villains want to kick Lanchester and her friends out of their group home so that they can build a crooked casino. Good guy Dean Jones evokes the spirit of Blackbeard to thwart the bad guys. The supporting cast ranges from Richard Deacon to Gil Lamb, while Peter Ellenshaw performs the visual effects ...
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Overview

Blackbeard's Ghost was one of the first Disney productions released after Walt's death. Peter Ustinov stars as the eponymous wraith, who returns to Earth to come to aid of his descendant, elderly Elsa Lanchester. The villains want to kick Lanchester and her friends out of their group home so that they can build a crooked casino. Good guy Dean Jones evokes the spirit of Blackbeard to thwart the bad guys. The supporting cast ranges from Richard Deacon to Gil Lamb, while Peter Ellenshaw performs the visual effects with mattes, miniatures, and process screens.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Jeremy Wheeler
This early Disney feature is a delightful romp for kids of all ages, highlighted by a grandiose comedic performance by Peter Ustinov that will have any fan of his animated turn as King John in 1973's Robin Hood rolling in the isles. Filled with witty banter and gleefully over-the-top caricatures, Blackbeard's Ghost is exactly the kind of delirious entertainment that Disney used to churn out decades back. Whether it's Dean Jones and Blackbeard bickering at each other for long stretches in a pirate-themed hotel room or the finale where only the silliest blue-screen effects are used for high hilarity, the laughs are consistent and simply charming to watch. When it comes down to it, the whole thing is Ustinov's show and the revered thespian steps up time after time, all the while eliciting so many giggles and guffaws that it is downright amazing that he wasn't known more for his superior comedic talents. That said, both his performance and film are played to the back of the theater, so best go in expecting only the most boisterous comedy imaginable.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/4/2002
  • UPC: 786936178548
  • Original Release: 1968
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  • Source: Walt Disney Video
  • Format: VHS

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Peter Ustinov Capt. Blackbeard
Dean Jones Steve
Suzanne Pleshette Jo Anne
Elsa Lanchester Emily
Joby Baker Silky Seymour
Elliott Reid TV Announcer
Richard Deacon Dean Wheaton
Norman Grabowski Virgil
Kelly Thordsen Cop
Michael Conrad Pinetop Purvis
Charlie Brill Edward
Betty Bronson
Alan Carney Bartender
Ted Markland Charles
Lou Nova Leon
George Murdock Official
Herbie Faye Croupier
Gil Lamb Waiter
Hank Jones Gudger Larkin
Ned Glass Teller
Technical Credits
Robert Stevenson Director
Robert F. Brunner Score Composer
Paul Cameron Asst. Director
Carroll Clark Art Director
Edward Colman Cinematographer
Robert O. Cook Sound/Sound Designer
Don DaGradi Screenwriter
Peter Ellenshaw Art Director
Hal G. Gausman Set Decoration/Design
Gordon Hubbard Makeup
Emile Kuri Set Decoration/Design
Eustace Lycett Special Effects
John Mansbridge Art Director
Robert Mattey Special Effects
Robert Stafford Editor
Bill Thomas Costumes/Costume Designer
Dean Thomas Sound/Sound Designer
Bill Walsh Co-producer, Screenwriter
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Funny

    Great Family Movie.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Dean Jones and Suzanne Pleshette Make a Great Team

    Dean Jones and Suzanne Pleshette are great together as they team up to save a historic landmark. Peter Ustinov, as Blackbeard himself, is hillariously funny. This is a great family film (nothing scary about Ustinov's ghost) that all ages will enjoy.

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