Blackbeard’s Ghost

Last Updated on: January 20th, 2024

Blackbeard’s Ghost (1968 Movie)

“Blackbeard’s Ghost” is a 1968 fantasy-comedy film produced by Walt Disney Productions. The movie is directed by Robert Stevenson and stars Dean Jones, Peter Ustinov, and Suzanne Pleshette. It is loosely based on the 1965 novel of the same name by Ben Stahl.

The story follows Steve Walker, played by Dean Jones, who is a track coach at Godolphin College. He finds himself in a small seaside town called Godolphin in North Carolina. While there, he stumbles upon a rundown inn called the “Blackbeard’s Inn.” Unbeknownst to him, the inn is haunted by the ghost of the notorious pirate Blackbeard, played by Peter Ustinov.

Blackbeard’s ghost appears to Steve, and to his surprise, only he can see and communicate with the mischievous spirit. Blackbeard needs Steve’s help to break a curse that binds him to the inn until he performs an act of selfless bravery. Together, they embark on a series of comedic and thrilling adventures as they attempt to overcome various challenges and obstacles.

As Steve tries to help Blackbeard achieve his goal, they encounter numerous comical situations, often leading to hilarious mishaps. The ghost’s presence creates chaos and confusion for Steve, but also provides moments of courage and inspiration, helping him gain confidence in his coaching abilities and guiding the Godolphin College track team to victory.

“Blackbeard’s Ghost” is a delightful family-friendly film that blends humor, fantasy, and sports elements. The movie is known for its charming performances, amusing ghostly antics, and a heartwarming message about the power of friendship, bravery, and doing the right thing. It remains a beloved classic in Disney’s film library, entertaining generations of viewers with its light-hearted and entertaining storytelling.

Fun Facts

  • Released in 1968, “Blackbeard’s Ghost” is a live-action/animation hybrid film.
  • The movie features Peter Ustinov as Blackbeard the Pirate, and it’s known for its unique blend of humor and adventure.
  • During its initial release, “Blackbeard’s Ghost” grossed over $21 million at the box office, making it a successful Disney film of its time.

Additional Details

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  • Year Released: 1968
  • Type of Movie: Live-Action
  • Box Office: $21.5 million
  • IMDB Link


  • Peter Ustinov as Captain Blackbeard
  • Dean Jones as Steve Walker
  • Suzanne Pleshette as Jo Anne Baker
  • Elsa Lanchester as Emily Stowecroft
  • Joby Baker as Silky Seymour
  • Elliott Reid as TV commentator
  • Richard Deacon as Principal Roland Wheaton
  • Norman Grabowski as Virgil
  • Kelly Thordsen as Motorcycle Cop
  • Michael Conrad as Pinetop Purvis
  • Herbie Faye as Croupier
  • George Murdock as Head official
  • Hank Jones as Gudger Larkin
  • Ned Glass as Teller
  • Gil Lamb as Waiter
  • Alan Carney as Bartender
  • Ted Markland as Charles
  • Lou Nova as Leon
  • Charlie Brill as Edward
  • Herb Vigran as Danny Oly
  • William Fawcett as Mr. Ainsworth
  • Betty Bronson as Old Lady
  • Elsie Baker as Old Lady
  • Kathryn Minner as Old Lady
  • Sara Taft as Old Lady


  • Director: Robert Stevenson
  • Producer: Bill Walsh
  • Music: Robert Brunner

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