The Ghost Breaker (1914 film)

The Ghost Breaker was a 1914 American silent drama film directed by Cecil B. DeMille and Oscar C. Apfel and based on the Broadway play of the same name by Paul Dickey and Charles W. Goddard. The film was distributed by Paramount Pictures under the Famous Players-Lasky banner.[1]

The Ghost Breaker
Scene from the film.
Directed byCecil B. DeMille
Oscar C. Apfel
Produced byCecil B. DeMille
Jesse L. Lasky
Written byCecil B. DeMille
Oscar C. Apfel
Paul Dickey
Charles W. Goddard
James Montgomery
Based onThe Ghost Breaker
by Paul Dickey and Charles W. Goddard
StarringH. B. Warner
Distributed byFamous Players-Lasky
Paramount Pictures
Release date
  • December 7, 1914 (1914-12-07)
Running time
60 minutes
CountryUnited States
English intertitles

The Ghost Breaker was possibly the first film in a long line of haunted-house horror films with the same story. A 1922 remake of the same name starred Wallace Reid and Lila Lee. The original film was also remade as The Ghost Breakers (1940) with Bob Hope and Paulette Goddard, and as Scared Stiff (1953) with Martin and Lewis.[2] The film is now considered lost.[3]



The film was released in Wellington, New Zealand, on December 19, 1915, where it followed a week-long run of Fanchon the Cricket.[4]


  1. The Ghost Breaker at
  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. 219. ISBN 0-786-48790-9.
  4. Amusements. Wairarapa Daily Times. Volume LXX. Issue 14474. January 7, 1916. p 3. Retrieved June 13, 2016

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