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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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A Rebellion Against "Authority" See more (53 total) »


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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 (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 ... Silhouette Girl (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) | Spain:13 | Sweden:15 | UK:A (original rating) (passed with cuts) | USA:TV-PG | USA:Approved (PCA #9567)

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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 »
Revealing mistakes: 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 (1933) that has been horizontally flipped.See more »
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 against the Old Man. They don't like it. They don't like YOU. And what's more, did you ever hear about mutiny?
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34 out of 34 people found the following review useful.
A Rebellion Against "Authority", 31 March 2006
Author: ccthemovieman-1 from United States

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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