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Ghost Ship (1952)

Approved | | Horror | 8 July 1953 (USA)
A luxury ship is haunted by the ghosts of a crew that had disappeared off the ship years before.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Margaret Thornton
Dermot Walsh ...
Guy Thornton
Hugh Burden ...
Dr. Fawcett
John Robinson ...
Prof. Mansel Martineau
Joss Ambler ...
Yacht Port Manager
Joan Carol ...
Mrs. Martineau
Hugh Latimer ...
Peter
Laidman Browne ...
Coroner
Mignon O'Doherty ...
Mrs. Manley
Meadows White ...
Mr. Leech, Surveyor
Pat McGrath ...
Bert, 1st Fisherman
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Ron, 2nd Fisherman
John King-Kelly ...
Sid, 3rd Fisherman
Colin Douglas ...
1st Engineer
Jack Stewart ...
2nd Engineer
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A young couple buys a yacht and scoffs at the rumors that it is haunted. After a few incidents that ends their scoff they summon a professional ghost-tracker from the Institute for Investigation of Psychic Phenomena. He brings along a medium to assist him they learn, from her mumblings while in a trance, that the last owner of the ship---in its pre-haunted days---killed his unfaithful wife and her lover before they could do as much for him, and that their bodies are still concealed below the floor boards. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Haunting suspense - terrifying danger - ride the decks of this devil-yacht! See more »

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The yacht used in the film belonged to director Vernon Sewell. See more »

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Version of House of Mystery (1961) See more »

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The Sailor's Hornpipe
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Performed at the party on the ship
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Fairly tight little story
1 November 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

You can't look at this movie and compare to the blockbusters, but as a B flick it's pretty good, even up at the top (in my mind). The story of the ghost is told in flashbacks and through a séance. The acting is pretty good, though the stars are not memorable. It's almost like watching an old TV show, though I more liken it to "The Woman Who Came Back" (1945). Someone just wrote a nice little mystery with some adequately spooky moments, and that is about all there is to it.

It starts out with a couple trying to buy an older steamboat. The man selling it to them warns them of its haunting. You see moments of the inquiry and story that led to the haunting, but it is not until the séance that you start to get a clue as to what caused the haunting.

This movie has nothing to do with movies of the same title, one from the forties and one from a few years ago.


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