Guilty Pleasures Film Festival 2013

“Blackbeard’s Ghost”

Peter Ustinov and Dean Jones in "Blackbeard's Ghost" (Disney, 1968)

Peter Ustinov and Dean Jones in “Blackbeard’s Ghost” (Disney, 1968)

“Blackbeard’s Ghost” (Disney, 1968). Another Disney live action comedy favorite from my youth. Dean Jones plays Steve, a college track coach who accidentally conjures up the ghost of the notorious pirate Captain Blackbeard (played by the ever fantastic Peter Ustinov). Turns out that Blackbeard was cursed by one of his exes to live in a purgutory state until he actually does something good for someone else. It also turns out that the Dean Jones character is the only one who can see him. With lots of invisible man effects and sight gags galore, the film is plain and silly fun. Also stars Suzanne Pleshette, Elsa Lanchester and Richard Deacon. Based on the book by Ben Stahl. Written by Bill Walsh and Don DaGradi. Directed by veteran Disney Studios director Robert Stevenson (“The Absent-Minded Professor,” “Mary Poppins”). “Beware all wenches.”

Comedy Film Festival 2012

“We’re No Angels”

Humphrey Bogart, Peter Ustinov, and Aldo Ray in "We're No Angels" (Paramount, 1955)

Humphrey Bogart, Peter Ustinov and Aldo Ray in “We’re No Angels” (Paramount, 1955)

“We’re No Angels” (Paramount, 1955). Three escaped convicts (played by Humphrey Bogart, Peter Ustinov and Aldo Ray) hide out in a small coastal town and assist a family in unexpected ways. Even the convicts’ pet snake helps out. A fun little film and a rare comedy for Humphrey Bogart. Also stars Joan Bennett and Basil Rathbone. Written by Ranald MacDougall. Based by the play “La cuisine des anges” by Albert Husson. Directed by Michael Curtiz. “I’ll say one thing for crooks – they give you an honest day’s work.”