Every once in awhile, Netflix coughs up a recommendation for a movie I haven't seen and end up loving. Blackbeard's Ghost is one of those. It features Peter Ustinov as the hilarious Captain Blackbeard, a selfish ghost who likes his rum too much.
I really loved this movie. It has that old-school feel, but because it wasn't made in today's sanitized family movie environment, it gets away with quite a lot. The hero of the story is played by Dean Jones (of Love Bug fame), and watching him try to balance talking with ghost only he can see with not wanting to be thought bat-shit crazy is fun.
It's filled with quirky characters, a fantastic script, and overall great pacing, but honestly, Peter Ustinov steals the show. He's perfect in this.
Description from Netflix: In this Disney family favorite, Peter Ustinov, Dean Jones and a perky
Suzanne Pleshette deliver plenty of laughs. A college track coach is
desperate when he faces off against a group of racketeers who plan to
turn his house into a casino. Out of options, he calls upon his
ancestor, the great pirate Blackbeard, to defeat the motley crew of
criminals. The film's special effects were groundbreaking for its time.
Robert Stevenson directs.