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Paul 'Dibs' Plutzker

Paul"Dibs"Plutzker

Paul Plutzker (Dibs) is an attorney and close assiociate of Carrigan Crittenden. He is also the secondary antagonist of the 1995 movie Casper. He was portrayed by Eric Idle. He appears to work for Carrigan Crittenden as a kind of toady despite the fact she constantly belittles him. Although he is technically a villain, he doesn't seem to be as nasty a person as she is. His motivations are unclear, but he turns on her when he thinks he has the advantage, only to be cast out of a window by her. The film doesn't explain what happens to him after this or even if he survived. His full name is only known from the end credits, since he is always referred to as "Dibs" in the actual film.

Some reviewers have identified him as Carrigan's lawyer, since he acts much as a lawyer in the scene when he and Carrigan are introduced, but his behavior later in the film is very atypical of a lawyer. The most likely connection between Carrigan and Dibs seems to be that they are lovers. For example, he refers to her with terms such as "sweetheart" and "baby" throughout the movie. In one scene she seems to kiss him on the lips and he tells her that "we're through" after turning on her. When he introduces himself to the Harveys, he says he's a "close personal friend" of hers.

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Carrigan is furious to learn from her late father's lawyer Mr. Rugg that she has only inherited Whipstaff Manor in her father's will, rather than anything of significant value. Infuriated, she tosses the will and deed into a fireplace but it is rescued by her attorney and close associate Dibs. Dibs discovers one of the will's pages has an inscription on it describing treasure hidden in the manor. They both leave to find Whipstaff Manor at a town in Freindship Maine.

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Carrigan points out to Dibs that his hand is on fire

Carrigan and Dibs visit the old manor, but find that it is haunted by four ghosts: Casper, a friendly but lonely young ghost and his three obnoxious uncles known as The Ghostly Trio: Stretch, Fatso, and Stinkie.

The two make several attempts to remove the spirits including hiring both an amatuar exocist named Father Guido Sarducci, and one of the Ghostbusters (cameo appearance of Dan Aykroid) but are unsuccessful. Carrigan later learns about an afterlife therapist named Dr James Harvey who explains that ghosts are simply spirits with unfinished business and she and Dibs contact him for help.

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Carrigan and Dibs hired an amatuar exorcist named Father Guido Sarducci.

Carrigan and Dibs meet with Dr Harvey and his daughter Kat at when they arrive at the manor,Dibs introduces himself as "a close personal freind" of Carrigan. Kat responds by introducing herself as Dr Harvey's "close personal daughter". They grab her face and give her each sympathetic looks before letting her go. Carrigan then orders Dr Harvey to remove the ghosts as quickly as possible.. However, things are complicated when Kat and her father meet the ghosts face-to-face; despite Casper's best efforts to befriend them, the two are terrified by both his appearance and the antics of the Ghostly Trio. They choose not to leave, however, and they stay for the night.

Carrigan and Dibs return back to the manor later on as they see Dr Harvey in the library with the Ghostly Trio. They decide to have a "happy hour" with him and drag him out of the manor. This allows them to enter the house and they start looking around for the treasure. They follow Casper and Kat (who are now friends), to Casper's father's laboratory hidden under the floorboards of the library. There they learn that a special capsule is used to run a machine called the Lazarus. This has the power to bring ghosts back to life, but now there is only enough for one. They also see the vault at the end of the laboratory when Kat point's it in the direction while talking with Casper. Seeing as that's where the treasure is Carrigan and Dibs apporoach the vault but finds its locked. Realizing his one opportunity to come back to life, Casper with Kat's help turns on the Lazarus and steps inside. Unfortunately, the capsule is stolen by Carrigan and Dibs and Casper is left disappointed when he turns into an egg yolk. With the capsule in hand, Carrigan and Dibs realize that, as ghosts, they would be able to fly through thick solid walls like the vault to retrieve the treasure, and use the Lazarus to come back to life. Unable to decide who should die, the two attempt to kill each other, resulting in Carrigan falling to her death off of a cliff.

She suddenly reappears as a monstrous ghost to a shocked Dibs and says "not so fast little man the b**ch is back!!".

Back at the laboratory Kat uses a dust bellow to reinflate Casper. Carrigan suddenly appears as a monstrous ghost, flies into the laboratory and grabs the treasure chest inside the vault. Casper is in shock claiming that its his treasure but Carrigan bellows "you mean MY!! treasure" Kat is shocked to see Miss Crittenden as a ghost and she repiles "in the flesh...well in a couple of minutes", and does an evil laugh. Dibs soon reappears and shows Carrigan the capusle to help her remember. Kat realizes that Dibs stole the capsule and claims it's Casper's. Carrigan laughs and disagrees again as she orders Dibs to revive her. Just as he approaches Casper steals the capsule back from Dibs, knocks him into the moat of the laboratory, and takes Kat back upstairs where she greets the kids who have arrived for her Halloween party.

Casper and Kat return back to the laboratory where Kat stops Casper from confronting Dibs for opening his treasure. They install the potion into the Lazarus only to find Carrigan inside the machine telling Casper that its her turn in the oven. She orders Dibs to turn her human again, but he turns on her saying that they are through. He states

Dibs betrays Carrigan

Dibs Betrays Carrigan.

that he will be using the treasure in a great big expensive house with lovely purple wall paper and great big green carpets and adopt a little dog called Carrigan "a b**ch just like you". He proclaims that he's got the power and he's got the treasure which prompts her to angrily fling him out of a window.

Carrigan would soon meet her demise as Casper and Kat point out that people only become ghosts because they have "unfinished business". They ask Carrigan what her unfinished business is but Carrigan declares that she has no unfinished business saying that she has her treasure and her mansion "i have everything im just perfect" She does an evil laugh again but this suddenly causes her to cross-over to the afterlife against her will. Realizing she's been tricked she berates Casper and Kat until she finally explodes.

Trivia


  • Dibs was last seen being flunged out of a window by Carrigan but it is unknown what happened to him afterwards or if he fell to his death when he was flunged out the window.
  • Throughout the film it was hinted that he and Carrigan are secretly lovers.
  • Dibs is always belittled by Carrigan such as when she calls him names or orders him around to help her.

 

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