The Ghost Breakers

  • 1940
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Comedy

Looking for a follow-up to its successful Bob Hope-Paulette Goddard comedy thriller THE CAT AND THE CANARY, Paramount dusted off an old-haunted house film called THE GHOST BREAKERS that had been made twice in the silent days--once in 1914 with H.B. Warner, and again in 1922 with Wallace Reid. The result was a stylish, frequently funny little scare show...read more

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Looking for a follow-up to its successful Bob Hope-Paulette Goddard comedy thriller THE CAT AND THE CANARY, Paramount dusted off an old-haunted house film called THE GHOST BREAKERS that had been made twice in the silent days--once in 1914 with H.B. Warner, and again in 1922 with Wallace

Reid. The result was a stylish, frequently funny little scare show that was even better than CANARY.

Larry Lawrence (Hope) is a radio commentator known for his crime exposes (obviously inspired by Walter Winchell) who inadvertently becomes involved with a murder and winds up in Havana after hiding in a steamer trunk owned by Mary Carter (Goddard). A romance soon develops between Mary and Larry,

and they both become worried when they are greeted by repeated warnings that the house she has inherited is haunted.

Though really a comedy, THE GHOST BREAKERS has its fair share of effective and spooky horror scenes, directed with an atmospheric flavor by Marshall. The balance between humor and fright is expertly handled, making the film a pleasure to watch. Remade in 1953 as SCARED STIFF with Dean Martin and

Jerry Lewis.

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  • Review: Looking for a follow-up to its successful Bob Hope-Paulette Goddard comedy thriller THE CAT AND THE CANARY, Paramount dusted off an old-haunted house film called THE GHOST BREAKERS that had been made twice in the silent days--once in 1914 with H.B. Warner,… (more)

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