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Ghost Breakers

The Ghost Breakers

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Director: George Marshall

Cast: Bob Hope, Paulette Goddard, Richard Carlson

     
 

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The Bob Hope comedy The Ghost Breakers comes to DVD with a standard full-frame transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.33:1. The English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Mono. Spanish and French subtitles are accessible, and the soundtrack is closed-captioned. Supplemental materials include footage of Hope performing before

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The Bob Hope comedy The Ghost Breakers comes to DVD with a standard full-frame transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.33:1. The English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Mono. Spanish and French subtitles are accessible, and the soundtrack is closed-captioned. Supplemental materials include footage of Hope performing before soldiers, the theatrical trailer, and production notes. This is a great disc for any Bob Hope fan.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
A Bob Hope comedy without a lot of laughs may seem like an oxymoron (at least if it was made before 1960), but that's what you have in The Ghost Breakers. What's even more surprising is that Breakers is a pretty entertaining little film, even without a barrelful of laughs. Not that the film is devoid of laughs, nor is it the kind of film that attempts too many jokes that fall flat; aside from some gags given to Willie Best which are delivered in a painfully unfunny racially stereotyped manner, most of the jokes here work. It's simply that, in Breakers, more attention is being paid than usual to the plot and to the trappings that go with this particular mixture of genre (mystery, thriller, and horror). As a result, Breakers has a stronger (and more consistent) storyline than is usual for a Hope vehicle of the period. True, there are flaws -- the presence of a real ghost seems out of place, and the zombie subplot a bit forced -- but overall, this is one of Hope's stronger non-Road outings. It helps that he's paired with a truly delectable Paulette Goddard and gets fine support from Paul Lukas and Anthony Quinn. Hope, of course, is Hope, though -- his protestations aside -- he's much braver here than usual. Breakers is not a great film, but it's definitely enjoyable.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/05/2002
UPC:
0025192121326
Original Release:
1940
Rating:
NR
Source:
Universal Studios
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[B&W]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital, monaural]
Time:
1:25:00
Sales rank:
28,287

Special Features

Entertaining the Troops; Command Performance 1944; Hollywood Victory Caravan; Photography gallery; Theatrical trailer; Production notes; Cast and filmmakers; DVD-ROM features

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Bob Hope Larry Lawrence
Paulette Goddard Mary Carter
Richard Carlson Geoff Montgomery
Paul Lukas Parada
Willie Best Alex
Pedro de Cordoba Havez
Virginia Brissac Mother Zombie
Noble Johnson The Zombie
Anthony Quinn Ramon/Francisco Maderos
Tom Dugan Raspy Kelly
Paul Fix Frenchy Duval
Lloyd Corrigan Martin
Jack Edwards Ship Bellboy
Robert Elliott Lt. Murray
James Blaine Police Sergeant
David Durand Bellhop
James Flavin Hotel porter
Jack Hatfield Elevator boy
Grace Hayle Screaming woman
Douglas Kennedy Interne
Francisco Maran Headwaiter
Paul Newlan Newsboy
Jack Norton Drunk
Robert Ryan Intern
Kay Stewart Telephone girl
Leonard Sues Newsboy
Blanca Vischer Dolores
Emmett Vogan Announcer
Max Wagner Ship porter

Technical Credits
George Marshall Director
Walter de Leon Screenwriter
Hans Dreier Art Director
Farciot Edouart Special Effects
Mel Epstein Set Decoration/Design
Edith Head Costumes/Costume Designer
Ellsworth Hoagland Editor
Arthur Hornblow Producer
Charles B. Lang Cinematographer
Ernst Toch Score Composer
Robert Usher Art Director

Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Scenes
1. Main Titles [1:26]
2. One Stormy Night [7:03]
3. The Inheritance [3:01]
4. Lawrence Lawrence [2:57]
5. Mistaken Murderer [:03]
6. A Trunk to Cuba [7:53]
7. A Threat [6:30]
8. About Black Island [:25]
9. Going to Cuba [3:18]
10. Havana Harbor [6:28]
11. Geoff Montgomery [3:34]
12. Havana Night Life [1:29]
13. On Black Island [:10]
14. Midnight at the Castle [3:44]
15. Mary Arrives [4:07]
16. Looking for Secrets [6:01]
17. The Unexpected Villain [1:20]
18. End Titles [6:57]

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The Ghost Breakers 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
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This is one of Bob Hope's best! Provides a great laugh escape from life's daily trials and tribulations. Saw this first as a kid on the Saturday afternoon TV movies and have never tired of seeing it over the years. Just thinking about his memorable scene with the steamer trunk brings a smile. Truly timeless family entertainment.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I too saw this first as a kid on Saturday afternoon movies, and have loved it ever since. It's one I can watch over and over - even if I just saw it, I can pop it in and watch it again. Hope and Goddard work so well together, the supporting cast is outstanding, the humor just keeps coming, and the spooky atmosphere, ghosts, zombies, murders, haunted castles and the like just add to the fun. I believe this was the second pairing of these two stars - following the success of The Cat and The Canary, which is equally good, also includes spooky atmosphere, murder, secret passages, midnight reading of a will, and all the classic cliches, offset by Hope's wisecracks. I wish this one was also available on dvd - it's a toss up which movie I like more - I guess it depends which one I'm watching at the time.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Apart from The Cat and the Canary, this is my favorite Bob Hope film. It is great fun with wonderful locales and spooky effects. If you are a "classics" fan, don't miss this gem of a film. The dialogue is suberb and wonderfully delivered. They don't write scripts like this anymore.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this movie. It's scary and funny at the same time. Bob Hope is timeless.
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On a cold cloudy day, with a tub of butter popcorn and Ghost Breakers in the VCR, what could be better!?! The beginning of the movie sets the tone for this entire picture, from Raspy coming to visit Larry Laurence to give him the scoop on what's going down in the mobster's world, to the thunder storm that takes out the electricity, and a murder at the hotel where Larry is going to a command meeting from a mobster. And all this happens before Hope, Goddard and Best arrive in Cuba to battle ghosts, zombies, and the unknown people that doesn't want Goddard to claim her inheritance. This is a movie with laughter, suspense and better yet, one that you can sit down with the entire family to enjoy! This film shows why Hope is still one of the best-loved entertainers.