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zz44e| The Ghost Breakers
Director: George Marshall
Screenplay: Charles W. Goddard, Paul Dickey
Producer: Arthur Hornblow Jr., William LeBaron
Cast: Bob Hope, Paulette Goddard, Richard Carlson, Paul Lukas, Willie Best
Genre: Comedy, Horror

Running Time: 82
Aspect Ratio:  1.37:1 (NTSC Flat Full Frame)
Sound: Dolby 2.0 Mono
Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
Features: Black and White
Entertaining the Troops
Hollywood Victory Caravan
Studio:  Paramount Pictures DVD Region:  1 NR
DVD Release:  Mar 2002 Discs:  1 (DVD) [CDN$ 21.95]
Reviews:  This is defiintely one of my favourite Bob Hope movies of all time. It has everything from mystery, murders, thrills, chills and that ever present quick banter and one liners from Bob that keeps everything rolling along and in proper perspective. He was more than ably supported by his co star Paullette Goodard a wonderful actress with a fine camera presence. Also marvellous Willie Best as Bob's "man"is there too to add beautifully to every scene he's in. I never tried of Willies' work over the years and the great supporting work he did in them. The only fault I can find here is in the film itself. There is more than one area that shows marked deterioration and I thought it could have been cleaned up much better than it was in its' transfer to DVD. In concluding,besides the noted technical flaws, this is a wonderful movie with high production values and special effects and a great cast. Its also worth mentioning that this disc contains alot of bonus material on Bob and his work for the troops during WW2. A delight to own and watch. One of Hope's best films. Bob Hope is radio personality Lawrence Lawrence ("my parents had no imagination"). He accidentaly becomes a murder suspect and finds himself tangled in the affairs of beautiful heiress Mary Carter (Paulette Goddard) who has inherited a haunted island near Cuba. Smuggled aboard ship in Mary's trunk, he finds himself heading for the island and danger, together with his faithful but bemused valet Alex (Willie Best). This film is very funny but also has some genuinely scary moments. Bob Hope has his usual supply of witty one-liners, but his character in this film has rather more backbone than the type he usually plays. Willie Best as Alex is very funny too, his role is more substantial than is usual for films of the period, he and Hope are almost more like partners than master and servant. Tremendous fun.

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