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Ghost Ship (1952)

Approved | | Horror | 8 July 1953 (USA)
A luxury ship is haunted by the ghosts of a crew that had disappeared off the ship years before.

Director:

Vernon Sewell

Writers:

Vernon Sewell, Philip Thornton (additional dialogue)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Dermot Walsh ... Guy Thornton
Hazel Court ... Margaret Thornton
Hugh Burden ... Dr. Fawcett
John Robinson John Robinson ... Prof. Mansel Martineau
Hugh Latimer Hugh Latimer ... Peter
Joan Carol Joan Carol ... Mrs. Martineau
Joss Ambler Joss Ambler ... Yard Manager
Mignon O'Doherty Mignon O'Doherty ... Mrs. Manley
Laidman Browne Laidman Browne ... Coroner
Meadows White Meadows White ... Mr. Leech, Surveyor
Pat McGrath Pat McGrath ... Bert, 1st Fisherman
Joss Ackland ... Ron, 2nd Fisherman
John King-Kelly John King-Kelly ... Sid, 3rd Fisherman (as John King Kelly)
Colin Douglas Colin Douglas ... 1st Engineer
Jack Stewart Jack Stewart ... 2nd Engineer
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A young couple buys a yacht and scoffs at the rumors that it is haunted. After a few incidents that ends their scoff they summon a professional ghost-tracker from the Institute for Investigation of Psychic Phenomena. He brings along a medium to assist him they learn, from her mumblings while in a trance, that the last owner of the ship---in its pre-haunted days---killed his unfaithful wife and her lover before they could do as much for him, and that their bodies are still concealed below the floor boards. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Taglines:

Haunting suspense - terrifying danger - ride the decks of this devil-yacht! See more »

Genres:

Horror

Certificate:

Approved
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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 July 1953 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

[US] TV Guide called the film a "talky but fairly atmospheric effort...hampered by its low budget." See more »

Quotes

Guy Thornton: At the risk of being obvious, that is a very peculiar gent. Anyone would think he doesn't want to sell the boat.
Margaret Thornton: Vessel.
Guy Thornton: Ship.
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Connections

References The Wizard of Oz (1939) See more »

Soundtracks

The Sailor's Hornpipe
(uncredited)
Traditional
Performed at the party on the ship
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Sea Ghost By The Seacoast
1 December 2009 | by ferbs54See all my reviews

Not to be confused with "The Ghost Ship," one of four (!) classic Val Lewton films from 1943, OR the 2002 horror fest "Ghost Ship," 1952's "Ghost Ship" is an obscure little British picture that should just manage to please. In it, real-life husband and wife Dermot Walsh and Hazel Court play Guy and Margaret Thornton, a Canadian couple living in England, who buy the Cyclops, a 40-year-old steamer yacht, and realize, after a series of freakish incidents, that the darn thing really might be haunted. An aged biddy of a medium (a pale knockoff of the marvelous character brought to indelible life by Margaret Rutherford in 1945's "Blithe Spirit") holds a seance on board and, via a series of flashbacks, the viewer is allowed to witness the events that led to the ship's current state, culminating in a surprise ending of sorts. A fast-paced 72 minutes, "Ghost Ship"'s major lure for modern-day audiences is perhaps Hazel Court, who over the next 10 years would become one of British cinema's reigning queens of horror. With a perfectly shaped mouth that might make Angelina Jolie envious and a pair of zygomatic bones that could turn Deborah Harry green with envy, Hazel was indeed luscious to look at on screen, especially in this relatively early role; sadly, her striking red hair and green eyes cannot be appreciated in this B&W film. The picture in question is a lighthearted affair that is not a bit scary (even an initial glimpse of the ship's ghost fails to raise any hackles) but always engaging, thanks to some pleasant performances, a crackling, no-nonsense script from director Vernon Sewell, and a sprightly score by Eric Spear. In all, a minor affair, but an entertaining one, presented here on a surprisingly crisp-looking DVD courtesy of Wham! USA.


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