the-disney-delete: 30 Second Film Review: ‘Blackbeard’s Ghost’…


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!