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The Ghost Ship (1943)

Approved | | Drama, Mystery, Thriller | March 1944 (UK)
Tom Merriam signs on the ship Altair as third officer under Captain Stone. At first things look good, Stone sees Merriam as a younger version of himself and Merriam sees Stone as the first ... See full summary »

Director:

Mark Robson

Writers:

Donald Henderson Clarke (screenplay), Leo Mittler (story)
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2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Richard Dix ... Capt. Will Stone
Russell Wade ... 3rd Officer Tom Merriam / Tertius
Edith Barrett ... Ellen Roberts
Ben Bard ... First Officer Bowns
Edmund Glover ... Jacob 'Sparks' Winslow - Radioman
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Storyline

Tom Merriam signs on the ship Altair as third officer under Captain Stone. At first things look good, Stone sees Merriam as a younger version of himself and Merriam sees Stone as the first adult to ever treat him as a friend. But after a couple strange deaths of crew members, Merriam begins to think Stone is a psychopathic madman obsessed with authority. He tries to tell others, but no one believes him, and it only makes Stone angry.. Written by Ken Yousten <kyousten@bev.net>

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Taglines:

MYSTERY TERROR! (original print ad - all caps)


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | German

Release Date:

March 1944 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Ghost Ship See more »

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Budget:

$150,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Very shortly after its theatrical release in December of 1943, producer Val Lewton was sued for plagiarism by Samuel R. Golding and Norbert Faulkner, who claimed that Lewton based his script on a play which they had written and submitted to Lewton's office at the time "The Ghost Ship" was being developed. Although Lewton had the opportunity to settle out of court, he chose to have the case tried. Despite Lewton's claims that their manuscript was returned unread, the court ruled against Lewton and RKO (a decision upheld at appeal), and The Ghost Ship (1943) was withdrawn from circulation. It remained unavailable for viewing for the next 50 years until the copyright was not renewed and it fell into the public domain. RKO paid the authors $25,000 in damages and $5,000 for attorney fees and lost all rights to future income and the right to sell the film to television. See more »

Goofs

One shot of the boat traveling toward camera shows the name of the boat on the bow is backwards. The backwards name reads Venture, indicating it's a shot reused from King Kong that has been horizontally flipped. See more »

Quotes

Captain Will Stone: You know, there are some captains who would hold this against you.
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Connections

Referenced in 24x36: A Movie About Movie Posters (2016) See more »

Soundtracks

St.Sebastian Bay
(uncredited)
Traditional calypso
Performed by Sir Lancelot
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Brief review
5 November 1998 | by boris-26See all my reviews

The rarest of the Val Lewton horror films. Exceptional chiller about a much beloved Sea Captain (Richard Dix) slowly going mad. What makes the film stand out are a few key scenes- an anchor blindly swings above the deck, crushing portions of the boat while frightened sailors try to stop it- Dix locking a man in a room sized container for the anchor chain- Dix and a very unlikely hero having a bloody knife fight in the dark while unsuspecting sailors play Calypso music not far away. Not up there with Lewton's "Cat People", or "Seventh Victim", but a good horror classic nevertheless.


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