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The Ghost Breakers(1940)

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According to news items in Hollywood Reporter, Wilkie Mahoney was to have worked on the script, but his participation in the final film has not been confirmed. The film was partially shot on location in Havana, Cuba. Paramount publicity materials contained in the Production Files at the AMPAS Library note that the film introduced the "Sonovox," a machine invented by Gilbert Wright that blended music and the sound of the human voice. The device was used for the disembodied voices in the film. This picture marked Robert Ryan's screen debut. Cinematographer Charles Lang, art director Hans Dreier and stars Bob Hope and Paulette Goddard also worked together in Paramount's 1939 film The Cat and the Canary. Paramount first filmed the Paul Dickey-Charles W. Goddard play in 1914, starring H. B. Warner and Rita Stanwood and directed by Cecil B. DeMille (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1911-20; F1.1541); and in 1922, starring Wallace Reid and Lila Lee and directed by Alfred E. Green (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films 1911-20; F2.2060). Scared Stiff, a 1953 Paramount film starring Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis and directed by George Marshall was also based on the Dickey-Goddard play.