The Ghost Breaker (1922 film)

The Ghost Breaker

Film poster
Directed by Alfred E. Green
Produced by Adolph Zukor
Jesse L. Lasky
Written by Jack Cunningham (adaptation)
Walter De Leon (scenario)
Based on The Ghost Breaker
by Paul Dickey and Charles W. Goddard
Starring Wallace Reid
Lila Lee
Cinematography William Marshall
Distributed by Paramount Pictures
Release dates
  • September 10, 1922 (1922-09-10) (New York City)
  • October 15, 1922 (1922-10-15) (United States)
Running time
57 mins.
Country United States
Language Silent
English intertitles

The Ghost Breaker is a 1922 American silent horror comedy film about haunted houses and ghosts. It was produced by Famous Players-Lasky and distributed through Paramount Pictures.[1] It was directed by Alfred E. Green and starred Wallace Reid in one of his last screen roles. The story, based on the 1909 play The Ghost Breaker by Paul Dickey and Charles W. Goddard, had been released in 1914 (bearing the same name) and directed by Cecil B. DeMille and Oscar Apfel. The film would be made again in the sound era as The Ghost Breakers (1940) with Bob Hope and Paulette Goddard and as Scared Stiff (1953) starring Jerry Lewis.[2]

The 1922 version is now considered lost.[3][4]

The Ghostbusters series of films, though not a product of Dickey and Goddard, continue on in the spirit of their 'Ghost Breaker' predecessors.


See also


  1. The AFI Catalog of Feature Films:The Ghost Breaker
  2. Kabatchnik, Amnon (2011). Blood On the Stage, 1950-1975: Milestone Plays of Crime, Mystery and Detection. Scarecrow Press. p. 306. ISBN 0-810-87784-8.
  3. Soister, John T. (2012). American Silent Horror, Science Fiction and Fantasy Feature Films, 1913-1929. McFarland. p. 222. ISBN 0-786-48790-9.
  4. The Library of Congress American Silent Feature Film Survival Catalog:The Ghost Breaker

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