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Blackbeard's Ghost (1968)

Approved | | Comedy, Family, Fantasy | 8 February 1968 (USA)
On the Carolina coast, Godolphin College's new track coach lodges at Blackbeard's Inn, run by the Daughters of the Buccaneers, who claim to be descendants of the notorious pirate, and who risk losing their hotel to the local mobster.

Director:

Robert Stevenson

Writers:

Bill Walsh (screenplay), Don DaGradi (screenplay) | 1 more credit »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Peter Ustinov ... Captain Blackbeard
Dean Jones ... Steve Walker
Suzanne Pleshette ... Jo Anne Baker
Elsa Lanchester ... Emily Stowecroft
Joby Baker ... Silky Seymour
Elliott Reid ... TV Commentator
Richard Deacon ... Dean Wheaton
Norman Grabowski ... Virgil
Kelly Thordsen ... Motorcycle Officer
Michael Conrad ... Pinetop Purvis
Herbie Faye ... Croupier
George Murdock ... Head Official
Hank Jones ... Gudger Larkin
Ned Glass ... Teller
Gil Lamb ... Waiter
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Storyline

In this comedy, Sir Peter Ustinov is the famous pirate's ghost that returns to our time. Blackbeard has been cursed by his last wife who was a notorious witch, so that he will never die. The only way to "break" the curse is to do (for once in his life) a good act. Is the famous pirate able to do something good? Written by Chris Makrozahopoulos <makzax@hotmail.com>

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Plot Keywords:

pirate | blackbeard | witch | curse | ghost | See All (95) »

Taglines:

Ghost-to-Ghost Laughs! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Family | Fantasy

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Official Sites:

Official site

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 February 1968 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Le fantôme de Barbe Noire See more »

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Box Office

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$21,540,050
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Company Credits

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.75 : 1
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Trivia

This movie was released in 1968 which was the 250th Anniversary year of the death of the real-life Blackbeard the Pirate (a.k.a. Edward Thatch, a.k.a. Edward Teach). See more »

Goofs

When Blackbeard takes a bottle of rum from the bar, Miss Scowcroft can't see him but she should see the bottle floating in the air. See more »

Quotes

[telling Steve Walker about Blackbeard's tenth wife]
Emily Stowecroft: Aldetha was a witch, you know. She never forgave the Captain for denouncing her to the authorities. When they were burning Aldetha at the stake, she put a terrible curse on him. As the flames crept higher and higher, she screeched her dying words:
[raises her voice and startles Steve]
Emily Stowecroft: "*Edward Teach*, sometimes known as Captain Blackbeard, when you come to die, may your body and soul be racked between this world and the next, always to be alone...
[...]
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Connections

Follows Blackbeard, the Pirate (1952) See more »

Soundtracks

Heart of Oak
(uncredited)
Traditional
Music by William Boyce
Lyrics by David Garrick
Performed by Peter Ustinov, Dean Jones and Suzanne Pleshette
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They don't ,make movies like this anymore.
12 August 2009 | by atinderSee all my reviews

I saw this movie on Easter Monday this year, I loved it, it has so many great jokes, mostly ghost jokes which were great.

One of the most funniest movie, I have seen, I could not stop laughing.

Blackbeard's Inn, a small hotel on the Carolina coast, is run by the Daughters of the Buccaneers, a group of little old ladies all claiming to be descendants of the notorious Edward Teach, known as Blackbeard. When Steve Walker.

The new track coach for Godolphin College, registers at the inn, he learns that the Daughters are desperately trying to pay off their mortgage in order to prevent a takeover by the local gambling czar, Silky Seymour. Encouraged by Jo Anne Baker, a college instructor, Steve helps the old ladies' cause by buying an antique bed warmer at a charity auction and discovers that it was once owned by Blackbeard's 10th wife.

Before being burned as a witch, she had condemned her philandering husband to wander in limbo until he performed one good deed. By accident, Steve conjures up the devilish pirate's spirit and persuades him to help the Daughters.

After that he life is being turn upside down by this ghost, it some very funny scenes, then people starting to thinking that Steve is the one who is going crazy.

Great comedy for the whole family.


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