The Ghost Breaker (1914)

Run Time - 60 min.  |   Countries - United States  |  
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Synopsis by Hal Erickson

This first film version of Paul Dickey and Charles Goddard's theatrical comedy-melodrama The Ghost Breaker was also the only version that adhered to the original with absolute fidelity. H.B. Warner stars as Warren Jarvis, an aristocratic Kentuckian who heads to Spain in hopes of escaping a family feud. He then gets involved with Maria Theresa (Rita Stanwood), a lovely young princess who has inherited a spooky old Spanish castle. Supposedly haunted, the castle harbors a deep dark secret that could prove fatal to the heroine, were it not for the resourcefulness of Warner and his faithful African American manservant. The best known version of this venerable spine-tingler was filmed in 1940 as the Bob Hope-Paulette Goddard vehicle The Ghost Breakers.