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 <email@example.com>
MYSTERY TERROR! (original print ad - all caps)
Did You Know?
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(1943) was withdrawn from circulation.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. See more
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
(1933) that has been horizontally flipped. See more
Captain Will Stone
[He's just caught Merriam getting into the arsenal locker; he pulls his revolver on him
Hold it! Move, and you'll get a bullet through the abdomen. Not a pleasant or quick death, either. Perhaps you've never seen a man die that way? But I want you to live! I want you to learn the great lesson that I thought I'd taught you: authority *cannot* be questioned!
3rd Officer Tom Merriam
That's crazy talk.
Captain Will Stone
Well, I've never felt more sane in my life than I do at this moment... Who's crazy? You, who defied me and are helpless? ...
Edited from King Kong