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The Ghost Ship (1943)

Approved  |   |  Drama, Mystery, Thriller  |  27 July 1944 (Australia)
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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 ... See full summary »

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Russell Wade ...
3rd Officer Tom Merriam / Tertius
Edith Barrett ...
Ellen Roberts
Ben Bard ...
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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Trivia

RKO had built an expensive ship set for their 1938 production Pacific Liner (1939). Val Lewton was given instructions to come up with a film that could use the still existing set. See more »

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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 »

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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? ...
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A Rebellion Against "Authority"
31 March 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This was pretty good entry in the Val Lewton Horror Collection, even though it's anything but "horror." This film is a straight drama, almost a film noir about a paranoid sea captain (Richard Dix) who eliminates anyone who disagrees with his "authority," a key word in this movie.

Russell Wade is the captain's protégé, and the story really centers around him and the conflict he has with his boss after he begins to find out what a violent nutcase he happens to be. Along the way, it was noteworthy to see Lawrence Tierney play one of the captain's victims.

Also good was Jacob "Sparks" Winslow as the ship's radio operator. This is an involving film as we root for Wade to expose this captain and to convince others that the man with the "authority" is an evil person.


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