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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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First Officer Bowns
Edmund Glover ...
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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27 July 1944 (Australia)  »

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Trivia

The third officer (aka third mate) on a ship is customarily the ship's safety officer in charge of all the safety-related equipment and conditions on a ship, such as the firefighting apparatus, lifeboats, the securing of cargo and equipment, etc. (Thus Tom was responsible for that dangerous, swinging hook that was not secured.) The third officer normally stands watch from 0800-1200 and 2000-2400 while at sea, and 2400-0800 in port. See more »

Goofs

In a close-up of the porthole in Tertius' cabin, wires to move the detached lid are visible. 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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Soundtracks

St.Sebastian Bay
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Traditional calypso
Performed by Sir Lancelot
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Underrated Lewton
14 October 2005 | by (Flushing, NY) – See all my reviews

Tom Merriam is a third mate on the Altair, a cargo ship headed by Captain Stone, who Merriam looks to as a father figure, since Stone has the experience and the full loyalty of the crew. Merriam's opinion of his commanding officer is changed after a series of events (including the death of a mate due the captain's interference) and Merriam believes that Stone is unfit to command the ship. A hearing at the ship's port has the crew and line agent side with Stone, and Merriam is relieved of his duties as third mate. While on shore, Merriam is knocked out for trying to stop a fight, and is put back on the Altair much to his and Stone's disapproval. Stone says Merriam is now a guest on the ship, but the crew shuns him and Merriam believes that Stone is going totally insane and plans to kill Merriam, who now has to find someone to believe him before its too late. Underrated (and for a long time, unseen) classic from the Lewton-RKO 9, with above average script, camera-work, cinematography, but highlighted by probably Dix's best performance as Stone, as a man who is insane try to fool himself and those around him by acting normal. Excellent moments of suspense (especially for me when Merriam notices the lock missing from his door) make this a film one to get a hold of. Rating, 8.


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