Blackbeard’s Ghost (1968)

credit: kestifer.blogspot.comAfter being cursed by his last wife (who happened to be a witch), a wicked pirate is caught in limbo until he’s accidentally summoned by a track coach. Tumultuous times, the ‘60s.


This was one of my favorites growing up, and what with Halloween this week, I thought this was a good one to watch with the kids — minus the part with deafening thunder and flashes of lightening that accompany a terrifying painting of a pale, bug-eyed witch who will haunt your children’s dreams for decades.

I think Peter Ustinov, the guy who plays Blackbeard, is one of the funniest actors I’ve ever seen. You might recognize his voice as Prince John from Disney’s animated Robin Hood. He’s got some great one-liners in this one.

You’ll also recognize the track coach, Dean Jones, from a bunch of Disney movies in that time period, most notably all those godforsaken Herbie movies. And for all of us ‘90s kids, he was also the evil veterinarian in Beethoven.


Suzanne Pleshette is the third star in this movie. She was most famous for her role as the wife on The Bob Newhart Show in the ‘70s.

OH, SOMETHING YOU SHOULD KNOW: If Demi Moore grew facial hair, then this movie would be about Patrick Swayze.

This is a pretty ridiculous movie, but if you get nothing else out of it, I hope you at least get this: Nobody is hopeless — not even pirate ghosts.

The fact is, people can change…especially if that person is us.

There is a spark of goodness within all of us, which, when lit, has the potential to lift us to a higher plane of character, bringing out the best and most godly qualities to which we have been premortally predisposed.

I love Blackbeard’s theatrical declaration at the end of the film:

“Let it be known that I, Edward Teach, affectionately known as Blackbeard, was not all bad.”

“I have repented of my sins, and have been redeemed of the Lord; behold I am born of the Spirit.” – Mosiah 27:24

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