30 Second Film Review: ‘Blackbeard’s Ghost’ (1968)
I just watched this tonight. It’s a genuinely GREAT little movie.
The Plot: The ghost of Blackbeard the Pirate helps a college track coach win love, money, a track meet and a finger-gun fight against the mob.
No, Seriously. That is the plot.
But make no mistake, this movie may be weird, but it’s a weird, little GEM.
An absolutely ridiculous premise becomes a super fun watch thanks to a surprisingly sharp script, a deliciously playful performance by Peter Ustinov (the voice of Prince John in Disney’s ‘Robin Hood’), a great pirate ship-turned-seaside inn set, the always enjoyable Elsa Lancaster (a.k.a. The Bride of Frankenstein), and a rarely-better Dean Jones – he and Ustinov literally crack each other up at times!
Going into this, I assumed I would be laughing *at* the film, not with it. Boy, was I wrong!
Ustinov’s steady stream of drunken, faux-Shakespearean pontificating is HILARIOUS, unpredictable and endlessly quotable. Think: ‘Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead’ or ‘Withnail and I’ via Captain Jack Sparrow. Then add more rum.
So, so, so much fun!