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The Ghost Ship (1943)

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 »

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Jacob 'Sparks' Winslow, Radioman
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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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MYSTERY TERROR! (original print ad - all caps)


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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returned unread, the court ruled against Lewton and RKO (a decision upheld at appeal), and The Ghost Ship (1943) was withdrawn from circulation.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. 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

3rd Officer Tom Merriam: [Approaches Jim, busy working on the railing] But Jim, can't you understand what I'm trying to tell you?
3rd Officer Tom Merriam: [Jim ignores him, keeps on working] But Louie was your pal - the best friend you had on board. How do you think your pal was caught in the chain locker? Do you think that door closed itself?
Jim Lorne: If you'll take my advice, you'll quit trying to start trouble around here.
3rd Officer Tom Merriam: [the Boatswain's Mate approaches them] Boats, you're a sensible man...
Boats: Listen, kid, quit tryin' to stir up trouble with the crew ...
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Connections

Featured in TJ and the All Night Theatre: Ghost Ship (1978) See more »

Soundtracks

Blow the Man Down
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Traditional sea shanty
Performed by Alec Craig
Performed by Sir Lancelot
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Offbeat Lewton Tale
17 June 2003 | by (Newfoundland, Canada) – See all my reviews

This Val Lewton produced film is not what one would likely expect from the title: a ghost story...so don't expect that going in. It isn't even really an Horror film per se although there are elements at work here which will prove horrific to many viewers. What it is instead is a seafaring adventure yarn about a Captain who's slowly going mad (and homicidal) due to his obsession with authority and only our heroic lead Tom Merriam, the 3rd Officer, seems to want to do anything about it. Everyone else seems to either not believe Merriam or dismisses what he tells them for fear of losing their jobs. Merriam however retains his values and ethics throughout the film even when they don't work out in his favor. While the film possesses the mood and style one expects from Lewton's films, the content and in some cases atmosphere is really not what one expects from the producer. Also events here do seem to wrap themselves up much too quickly. Still all in all there's enough good stuff here that this film is definitely worth seeking out.


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