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The Vampire's Ghost (1945)

Not Rated | | Horror | 21 May 1945 (USA)
In a small African port, a tawdry bar is run by a old man named Webb Fallon. Fallon is actually a vampire, but he is becoming weary of his "life" of the past few hundred years.

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Lesley Selander

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John K. Butler (screenplay), Leigh Brackett (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
John Abbott ... Webb Fallon
Charles Gordon Charles Gordon ... Roy Hendrick
Peggy Stewart ... Julie Vance
Grant Withers ... Father Gilchrist
Emmett Vogan Emmett Vogan ... Thomas Vance
Adele Mara ... Lisa
Roy Barcroft ... Capt. Jim Barrett
Martin Wilkins Martin Wilkins ... Simon Peter
Frank Jaquet ... The Doctor
Jimmy Aubrey ... The Bum
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In a small African port, a tawdry bar is run by a old man named Webb Fallon. Fallon is actually a vampire, but he is becoming weary of his "life" of the past few hundred years.

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Slave of the blood lust!!!

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 May 1945 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El espectro del vampiro See more »

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Republic Pictures (I) See more »
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Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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"The Vampire's Ghost" was released by Republic on a double bill with "The Phantom Speaks." See more »

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Late in the film, Julie says that Webb Fallon saved Roy's life twice. The second time would have been when Fallon discovered a booby trap on a trail, but Fallon had told Julie he was in town at that time, not out walking with Roy. See more »

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1 September 2014 | by joe-pearce-1See all my reviews

There are some benefits to growing older, and one of them is when I read the kind of reviews which more or less permeate the entries for this particular film, THE VAMPIRE'S GHOST, since many of those reviews refer over and over again to the 'minor' cast in the film, one even going so far as to call it a film starring nobody you ever heard of, and in a film that nobody ever heard of. This just isn't so. All the time I was growing up and going to double features (say, 1946 to 1956), THE VAMPIRE'S GHOST was in almost constant revival at our neighborhood theaters, an unusual thing where non-John Wayne Republic films were concerned (Universal, and even RKO with their Lewton films, were dedicated to keeping most of their horror backlog out there, but Republic was issuing Westerns by the gross back then and had no real need to fall back on earlier product), so one must assume that this particular film kept making money for Republic. In any case, it was actually the first vampire film many kids of my age ever saw (vampires were out of fashion until Abbott and Costello ran into Bela Lugosi in 1948), and John Abbott, with those absolutely bulging eyes, did a good job of scaring us (actually, a lot more so than did Bela Lugosi when they finally revived the 1930 Dracula around 1951), so much so that Mr. Abbott is not just a character actor I know, but one who seems to have traveled the long road of life with me ever since 1946, a never-to-be-discarded-from-the-caravan kind of actor. But as for actors nobody ever heard of, the reviewer is betraying his age. Abbott was not a star actor, but certainly a well-known one, and the year after THE VAMPIRE'S GHOST, gave one of the best character performances of that year as the cellist who cannot be corrupted in a major A film of 1946, DECEPTION, where he was acting against the very considerable likes of Bette Davis, Paul Henreid and Claude Rains, and more than holding his own (as he had as an on-the-lam spy in Bob Hope's THEY GOT ME COVERED a few years earlier, playing deadly serious against Hope's constant barrage of one-liners). Our female lead, Peggy Stewart, was THE leading 'cowgirl' actress of the period circa 1943 to 1952 (although Dale Evans, by virtue of being Mrs. Roy Rogers and appearing - and singing - in a number of his excellent Republic Westerns, became known as "The Queen of the West"; yeah, right), and was still in an occasional film as recently as in 2012! The missionary priest was Grant Withers, who was both a well-known leading man (early on) and character actor in film from the very late silent days up to his death (via suicide) in 1959, and had at one time been married to Loretta Young. (He was particularly noted for playing the police lieutenant in all the Boris Karloff "Mr. Wong" films, and for appearing in any number of John Wayne movies over the years.) Roy Barcroft was the quintessential Western villain or lead henchman in every second Saturday afternoon Western I ever saw as a kid, and was as well known to the audiences as were Allan Lane, Bill Elliott, etc., etc. Emmett Vogan, playing Miss Stewart's father, amassed almost 500 feature film credits, perhaps not being known to the masses so much by name, but certainly by face, to anyone who entered a movie theater for the quarter-century commencing around 1933. Adele Mara, who does that wild and crazy dance (noted elsewhere)in this film, played both featured and starring roles in about 50 movies during the 1940s and 1950s (the one I recall best being in the 1950 ROCK ISLAND TRAIL, which managed to inflame my still-immature loins at the time), and also did a lot of TV work in the first two decades of that new medium. The leading man in this one was, I admit, a cipher, and appeared in only a few films, but anyone who calls the rest of the cast 'nobody you ever heard of' really needs to see more films of that period. As for the movie itself, having seen it again periodically over the years, I find that despite its low budget, it continues to hold a strange fascination, thanks to John Abbott's demonstration of how to be totally evil while being truly sympathetic at the same time (and the bulging eyes don't hurt!). And as for the lack of 'action', I dare any reader to name another vampire film that has a full barroom brawl in it (especially one in which the vampire actually takes part and can more than hold his own with all those great Republic stunt men; when Lugosi throws a knife in THE BLACK CAT, he looks like he spent his youth pitching for the Budapest Little League Girls' Team! Oy!). Anyway, yes, a very minor classic, indeed, but certainly worth seeing, if only to realize that 70 years down the line your grandkids may be watching films with actors "nobody ever heard of" - you know, like Kevin Spacey, Gene Hackman, Ned Beatty, Robert Duvall, etc.!


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