The Ghost Breaker (1922)

Run Time - 57 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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This jumbled light comedy was one of the last pictures featuring silent matinee idol Wallace Reid -- after being given morphine for an injury in 1919, Reid became a drug addict and he died a few months after this film's release. When the penniless Maria Theresa (Lila Lee) hears of a treasure hidden in a deserted castle, she decides to track it down. With the help of her cousin, the Duke D'Alva (Arthur Carewe), Maria goes to New York, where the papers which reveal the treasure's location sit in a museum. She meets handsome Warren Jarvis (Reid), who has gotten involved in a feud in his native Kentucky and is trying to escape. He and Maria join forces when they discover that the castle is haunted, and they sail to Spain. It doesn't take Jarvis long to figure out that the Duke is responsible for the phony ghosts that haunt the castle, and he forces him to confess. Although Jarvis and Maria end up treasure-less, they do find romance together. Rotund Walter Hiers does a blackface turn as Rusty Snow, Jarvis' valet -- a gag which modern audiences would find highly offensive, but which amused filmgoers of the day.

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brother, castle, cousin, escape, family-feud, greed, inheritance, sister