Theatrical Release Date: TBC
Home Ent. Release Date: 26 Jul 2009
Born in 1903 in London and then raised for a time in Bristol, Bob Hope and his parents emigrated to the US when he was just 5. One of the most versatile celebrities of his days, Hope appeared in the wildly successful Road To… series of films with Bing Crosby and Dorothy Lamour from 1940-1952 and was one of Paramount’s biggest stars in the 1950s. Radio made him one of the best-known entertainers in North America and he hosted the Academy Awards ceremony 18 times between 1939 and 1977. Also winner of 5 Honorary Oscars – not least for his work entertaining US troops during WWII, he was married his wife Dolores for 69 years until his death, aged 100, in 2003. The Ghost Breakers sees Bob Hope as Larry Lawrence, a radio star who has earned his living as a gossipmonger. Attracting the displeasure of the local mob for his on-air indiscretions, Larry flees to a local hotel where he soon finds himself on the run from a murder. He seeks refuge in the trunk of Mary Carter (Paulette Goddard, An Ideal Husband) travelling to an island she has just inherited off the coast of Cuba, famed as a hotspot for ghosts and worse. Making their way to the haunted castle that is to be her inheritance, Larry and Mary run into ghosts, bats and even a zombie controlled by its mother. As they seek to find the wealth concealed within, they find they may also have an all-too human foe. Also starring a young Anthony Quinn (La Strada, The Guns of Navarone), The Ghost Breakers is a perfect blend of spooks and laughs.