Black SplatThe Ghost Breakers (1940)
   

"Me, I'm mentally retarded. I'm still 11 years old when it comes to the 4th of July, circuses and haunted castles."

The Ghost Breakers - Bob Hope and Paulette Goddard

Description: Bob Hope as Larry Lawrence offers a self-deprecating remark in the horror comedy The Ghost Breakers (1940)

Larry Lawrence is a crime reporter on the radio in New York City. Thinking he has killed a gun man for the mob, he leaves town with his black butler Alex (Wille Best) and accompanies Mary Carter (Paulette Goddard) to a small island off of Cuba to take possession of her family's reputedly haunted ancestral mansion "Castillo Maldito" that she recently inherited.

After entering the castle-like abode, Larry and friends discover the secret treasure within its halls, but not before encountering the ghost of one of Mary's ancestors and a menacing zombie (Noble Johnson).

When Larry asks about zombies, acquaintance Geoff Montgomery (Richard Carlson) explains, "A zombie has no will of his own. You see them sometimes walking around blindly with dead eyes, following orders, not knowing what they do, not caring." Larry quips, "You mean like Democrats?"

The Ghost Breakers - Bob Hope and Willie Best


Alex: Hey, boss, you ain't goin' upstairs, are ya? Where those ghosts is?
Larry Lawrence: Listen, you stay there, and if a couple a fellas come runnin' down the stairs in a few minutes, let the first one go. That'll be me.
Alex: If somebody passes you, that'll be me.

Note: On a 1989 episode of THE SIMPSONS Bartholomew "Bart" Jo-Jo Simpson (Nancy Cartwright) says, "Oh my God! The dead have risen and are voting Republican!"

In the film Life with Father(1947) William Powell as Wall Street broker Clarence Day says, "Why did God make so many dumb fools and Democrats?"


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