Los Angeles Times - 10/30/2003
"...Amiably directed by George Marshall, this breezy, timelessly amusing comedy re-teams Bob Hope and Paulette Goddard..."
Total Film - 10/01/2009 3 stars out of 5 -- "Knees knockin' teeth a-chatterin', Bob Hope and Willie Best put the fun into fear..."
Description by OLDIES.com:
Ghosts and gags collide in this witches' brew of laughs, with Bob Hope as a Manhattan radio commentator who finds himself marooned on an island of the walking dead! Larry Lawrence (Hope), sought in connection with a murder he did not commit, eludes New York police by hiding in a steamer trunk. Soon the trunk (and Larry) are aboard a ship bound for Cuba, where the trunk's owner, pretty Mary Carter (Paulette Goddard), is sailing to take possession of a recent inheritance: a "haunted" castle.
Sensing that Mary is in danger, Larry and his valet Alex (Willie Best) precede her to the island, which is inhabited by a ghost, a zombie and perhaps even a flesh-and-blood fiend. There's romance, comedy and chills as Hope and Goddard contend with earthly and un-earthly foes - and try to keep from ending up as ghosts themselves!
Bob Hope and Paulette Goddard's comic timing is excellent, and the works on which they are teamed together contain some of the funniest moments filmed by either actor. Hope plays Larry Lawrence, a New York City detective who becomes involved in a gangster-related hotel shoot-out. Believing he has killed a man, Lawrence hides in a trunk owned by Mary Carter (Goddard). When Lawrence gets out of the trunk, he finds himself on a steamboat, as Carter is en route to a castle which she has recently inherited on a small island off the coast of Cuba. While aboard the ship, Carter and Lawrence are aprised of rumors that the castle is haunted, but they remains steadfast in their will to visit it. Once there, many perilous and hilarious adventures await. THE GHOST BREAKERS is widely heralded as the best of Hope and Goddard's combined efforts.