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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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3rd Officer Tom Merriam / Tertius
Edith Barrett ...
Ellen Roberts
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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returned unread, the court ruled against Lewton and RKO (a decision upheld at appeal), and The Ghost Ship (1943) was withdrawn from circulation.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

The clock in the wheelhouse reads 11:50 and the crewman strikes four bells. The correct strike would be eight bells and, in any case, would never be sounded ten minutes before the actual hour - 12:00 in this case. See more »

Quotes

Captain Will Stone: [the freighter 'Altair,' under his command, is now underway] It's good for a sailor to go to sea. It's even better for an officer... Ah, it's a good feeling. In San Pedro, I was just another captain. At sea, I am... *THE* captain.
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Connections

Referenced in A Night at the Movies: The Horrors of Stephen King (2011) 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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Little known movie produced by the great Val Lewton
27 September 2005 | by See all my reviews

The picture deals about Tom (Russell Wade), third Officer embarks on the ship Altair under command Captain Stone(Richard Dix).Strange deaths of crew seamen originates confrontation among different personalities: a distrustful officer and a captain obsessed with authority .

The tension and suspense is continued and appears menacing and lurking in cabins,stairs,docks and pier.The movie has the expressionist Germanic atmosphere ,besides is reflected with the bizarre and quirky captain interpretation .Nicholas Musuruca(Cat people and stranger on third floor) creates a magnificent camera-work, along with John Alton are the essentials artificers of noir cinema atmosphere.Cinematography is excellent,dark and lights are originating an eerie and creepy scenarios. The film is produced by RKO(Radio Picture Inc.) and by Val Lewton ,the great producer of horror classics(Cat people,Leopard man,I walked with a zombie),plus he produced for Director Mark Robson varied movies(Bedlan,Isle of the dead and Seventh victim) with similar conditions. Habitual musician RKO,Roy Webb, makes an atmospheric score with the usual musical director Bakaleinikoff.Good production design is in charge of Albert D'Agostino .The motion picture is well directed by Mark Robson.The picture will like to classic cinema buffs.


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