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Donald Henderson Clarke (screenplay)
Leo Mittler (story)
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Release Date:
27 July 1944 (Australia) See more »
MYSTERY TERROR! (original print ad - all caps)
Tom Merriam signs on the ship Altair as third officer under Captain Stone. At first things look good... See more » | Full synopsis »
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Richard Dix ... Capt. Will Stone

Russell Wade ... 3rd Officer Tom Merriam / Tertius

Edith Barrett ... Ellen Roberts

Ben Bard ... First Officer Bowns
Edmund Glover ... Jacob 'Sparks' Winslow, Radioman
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Robert Bice ... Raphael, the Steward (uncredited)

Eddie Borden ... Crew Member (uncredited)
John Burford ... Crew Member (uncredited)
Tom Burton ... William Benson (uncredited)
Harry Clay ... Tom McCall (uncredited)
Alec Craig ... Blind Beggar (uncredited)
Boyd Davis ... Charles Roberts, Dunhan Line Agent (uncredited)

George DeNormand ... John Corbin - Sailor (uncredited)

Steve Forrest ... Sailor (uncredited)
Skelton Knaggs ... Finn, the Mute (uncredited)
Mike Lally ... Crew Member (uncredited)
Sir Lancelot ... Billy Radd (uncredited)

Nolan Leary ... Stenographer (uncredited)
Charles Lung ... Long Jim (uncredited)
Paul Marion ... Peter, the Greek (uncredited)
Norman Mayes ... Carriage Driver (uncredited)
Charles Norton ... German Sailor (uncredited)
Shirley O'Hara ... Ellen's Sister (uncredited)
Russell Owen ... Crew Member (uncredited)
Charles Regan ... Crew Member (uncredited)

Dewey Robinson ... Boats (uncredited)
Robert R. Stephenson ... German Sailor (uncredited)

Lawrence Tierney ... Seaman Louie Parker (uncredited)

Herb Vigran ... Chief Engineer (uncredited)
Steve Winston ... Ausman (uncredited)

Directed by
Mark Robson 
Writing credits
Donald Henderson Clarke (screenplay)

Leo Mittler (story)

Produced by
Val Lewton .... producer
Original Music by
Roy Webb 
Cinematography by
Nicholas Musuraca (director of photography)
Film Editing by
John Lockert 
Art Direction by
Albert S. D'Agostino 
Walter E. Keller 
Set Decoration by
Claude E. Carpenter  (as Claude Carpenter)
Darrell Silvera 
Costume Design by
Edward Stevenson (gowns)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Ruby Rosenberg .... assistant director
Sound Department
Francis M. Sarver .... recordist
Terry Kellum .... sound (uncredited)
James G. Stewart .... sound (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Vernon L. Walker .... special effects
Music Department
C. Bakaleinikoff .... musical director
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Also Known As:
"Ghost Ship" - USA (poster title)
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69 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)
Finland:K-16 (1986) (festival rating) | Spain:13 | Sweden:15 | UK:A (original rating) (passed with cuts) | USA:TV-PG | USA:Approved (PCA #9567)

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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 »
Revealing mistakes: When the Captain catches Tom at the gun locker, Tom's shadow profile is cast on the wall directly beside the Captain as though the lighting is on Tom's left side, yet Tom is directly facing the Captain and the lighting is on his right side.See more »
Finn, the Mute:[voiceover] The man is dead. With his death, the waters of the sea are open to us. But there will be other deaths, and the agony of dying, before we come to land again.See more »
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36 out of 39 people found the following review useful.
Creepy craftsman-ship!, 4 July 2005
Author: Coventry from the Draconian Swamp of Unholy Souls

Perhaps not as mesmerizing as "Cat People" or as disturbing as "The Body Snatcher", but this still definitely is a genuinely creepy golden oldie horror gem like only the great Val Lewton could produce them back in the 1940's. This dark and atmospheric chiller takes us aboard a giant ship in order to examine the mysterious deaths of several crew members. They all seem like unfortunate accidents, but pretty soon the young and ambitious officer Tom Merriam suspects that Captain Will Stone abuses his power in order to get rid of rebellious personnel. The film is terrifically cut in half when the ship sets ashore and Merriam prosecutes the influential and highly respected captain. From then on, the nemesis between the two is frighteningly illustrated and a drama on-board the ship seems inevitable. Richard Dix is outstanding as the tormented Captain Will Stone! He looks naturally eerie and definitely not man to argue with. The black and white photography is stunning and the constantly sung sailor-song will remain stuck in your head, even long after you finished watching the movie. The Val Lewton horror of course isn't very explicit (considering the time and budget) but this movie does contain at least one truly unsettling sequence; when a giant chain crushes a crew member. My advise is to watch this classic as soon as you can, if it were only for the ultra-eerie mute in the supportive cast!

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