The Ghost Breakers

Synopsis: Mary Carter inherits her family's ancestral home, located on a small island off Cuba, and, despite warnings and death threats, decides to take possession of the reputedly haunted castle. She is joined by radio broadcaster Larry Lawrence who, believing he has killed a mob gunman, flees New York with his butler, Alex. Once on the island the threesome enter the eerie castle and after viewing the ghost of one of Mary's ancestors and fighting off a menacing zombie, they find the key to the castle's treasure but are interrupted by an all-too-human foe.
Director(s): George Marshall
Production: Paramount Pictures
Rotten Tomatoes:
85 min

Hello, operator?


Operator, the lights in my room.


The lightning?

Do you suppose you could

send up some sort of light?

I'm leaving for Cuba tonight, and I

still have packing to do. Thank you.

The entire hotel's in darkness.

They're sending up some candles.

The lights are out

all over the city.

New York has had many storms, but

never has the whole place gone dark.

It's very strange.

Exciting, isn't it?

Oh, that must be the boy.

Oh. I hope these will help, Miss Carter.

They will. Thanks. We expect

to have the lights on soon.

That'll be fine.

Hold it, sister.

Just like Christmas,

ain't it?

More like the Fourth of July. Yeah.

Nice night

for a murder.

How did you know? I didn't. I didn't!

I just said it would be

a nice night for one.

One flash of lightning and we're

practically back in the Middle Ages.

You'll have to get used

to candles, Miss Carter.

There's no electricity

on Black Island.

The castle today is exactly as your

great-great grandfather built it.

The ghosts have to find

their way around in the dark?

- How depressing. - So you know the stories

about Castillo Maldito?

Mother told me about it.

She also told me about Santa Claus,

Snow White and the seven dwarfs.

Unfortunately, the legends about

the castle are not bedtime stories.

Mr. Havez, I believe you're

trying to discourage me.

Well, I suppose as a member

of the Cuban consulate...

I should paint the castle

as a palm-fringed paradise.

But privately, Miss Carter, I advise

you to stay away from Black Island.

Oh, come now. You don't

believe in ghosts.

We must admit there is

a dividing line somewhere...

between superstition

and the supernatural.

All I know is that during

the last 20 years,

no human being who has tried to

spend a night in Castillo Maldito...

ever lived

to see a sunrise.

I bet I will.

Very well. I shall cable

that you are coming.

- Who's there?

- It's Kelly. Raspy Kelly.

Speak up. I can't

hear ya in the dark.

Push that button. I don't wanna

be here all night. I'm in a hurry.

Mr. Lawrence ain't got time

to talk to nobody tonight.


Just a minute.

I's comin', boss. Oh.

Thunder and lightnin' goin'.

What a night, and ain't

nobody don't want me.

Mr. Lawrence's domicile.

Who's callin'?

Broadcasting station?

Just a minute. He's gettin' dressed.

Thanks for the memories

No, not you. Wait a minute.

of candlelight and wine

ouch! Will you quit buzzin'there?

Do you by any chance

know where I put my pants?

How lovely! Alex.


I's comin'.

Give me the candle and you fall

over the furniture for a while.

Yes, sir.

Basil Rathbone must be

giving a party. Yes, sir.

Kinda rough,

isn't it?

Every time we have a storm like

this, something happens to me.

You remember that Greek girl

in Los Angeles? I sure do.

Mm, I don't like it.

I don't like it either.

Who was that on the

phone? Radio station, boss.

They said don't pay

attention to the storm...

'cause they's gonna use

auxiliary power. Aux what?

They mean you'll go on the air

at the regular time.

Did they get a positive okay

from heaven? I don't know.

If that's Raspy

Kelly, I owe him money.

Well, from the tone of his

inflections, you better pay him.

And that dame in Cincinnati.

Boy, what a storm that was.

Hiya, Larry.

Hiya, Raspy.

Get my hat and coat,

will ya, Alex? Yes, sir.

Here's that 50 for

that Frenchy Duval story.

Thanks. When you gonna

spill it over the air?

In just about 30 minutes. Yeah?

How can they broadcast

on a night like this?

They'd broadcast if the

world was coming to an end.

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Walter DeLeon

Walter DeLeon (May 3, 1884 – August 1, 1947) was an American screenwriter. He wrote for 69 films that were released between 1921 and 1953, and acted in one film. He was born in Oakland, California, and died in Los Angeles, California. more…

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