The Ghost Breakers [DVD] [1940]

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.
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The Ghost Breakers (DVD)  (Black & White)  (English)  1940 - Larger Front
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Special Features

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


The Ghost Breakers
Paramount followed up its successful Bob Hope/Paulette Goddard co-starrer The Cat and the Canary (1939) by warming up another venerable "old dark house" stage play, Paul Dickey and Charles Goddard's The Ghost Breaker, pluralizing the title to accommodate both stars. This time Hope plays radio personality Lawrence L. Lawrence (the middle initial stands for Lawrence: "My folks had no imagination") who has to flee New York to avoid being mistakenly arrested for murder. He and his manservant Alex (Willie Best) book passage on a Cuba-bound liner, where they meet lovely heiress Mary Carter (Paulette Goddard). She is heading to Cuba to take charge of her ancestral mansion, despite warnings from several sinister characters that to enter this "haunted" house will mean certain death. Appointing himself Mary's protector, Lawrence investigates the mansion on his own, thereby crossing the path of a zombie (Noble Johnson) and an apparently genuine ghost. He also meets the twin brother of the man he's accused of killing (Anthony Quinn), who seems the most likely suspect when Mary nearly comes to harm. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Bob Hope
    Bob Hope - Larry Lawrence
  • Paulette Goddard
    Paulette Goddard - Mary Carter
  • Richard Carlson
    Richard Carlson - Geoff Montgomery
  • Paul Lukas
    Paul Lukas - Parada
  • Willie Best
    Willie Best - Alex

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