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13 Ghosts -- Trailer for this William Castle horror classic
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Release Date:
July 1960 (USA) See more »
IT'S FUN TO BE SCARED BY 13 GHOSTS (original print ad - all caps) See more »
A family inherits what proves to be a haunted house, but a special pair of goggles allows them to see their ghostly tormentors. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)
Charles Herbert ... Buck Zorba
Jo Morrow ... Medea Zorba

Martin Milner ... Benjamen Rush
Rosemary DeCamp ... Hilda Zorba (as Rosemary De Camp)

Donald Woods ... Cyrus Zorba

Margaret Hamilton ... Elaine Zacharides
John Van Dreelen ... Van Allen
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jeanne Baker ... Ghost (uncredited)
John Burnside ... Ghost (uncredited)

William Castle ... Himself (uncredited)
David Hoffman ... Messenger (uncredited)

Roy Jenson ... Ghost (uncredited)

Directed by
William Castle 
Writing credits
Robb White (written by)

Produced by
William Castle .... producer
Original Music by
Von Dexter 
Cinematography by
Joseph F. Biroc (director of photography) (as Joseph Biroc)
Film Editing by
Edwin H. Bryant  (as Edwin Bryant)
Art Direction by
Cary Odell 
Set Decoration by
Louis Diage 
Makeup Department
Helen Hunt .... hair stylist
Ben Lane .... makeup supervisor
Richard Cobos .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Hazel Keats .... hairdresser (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Max Stein .... assistant director
Robert Robinson .... assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Max Frankel .... second propman (uncredited)
Harry Hopkins .... prop master (uncredited)
Jim Meehan .... lead man (uncredited)
Sound Department
Harry D. Mills .... sound (as Harry Mills)
Charles J. Rice .... sound supervisor
Eldon Coutts .... recordist (uncredited)
Sol Jaffe .... mikeman (uncredited)
Andy Payne .... cableman (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Richard Albain .... special effects (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Al Becker .... key grip (uncredited)
Robert Coburn .... still photographer (uncredited)
Clarence Eubank .... best boy (uncredited)
James R. Field .... gaffer (uncredited)
John 'Mike' Hunt .... second grip (uncredited)
Emil Oster .... camera operator (uncredited)
James Saper .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Other crew
Dona Holloway .... associate to producer
Charlsie Bryant .... script supervisor (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

Production CompaniesDistributorsSpecial EffectsOther Companies
  • Pathé  Eastman color by
  • RCA  sound recording

Additional Details

Also Known As:
85 min | 82 min (black and white version)
Black and White | Color (Eastmancolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound Recording)
Canada:G (Manitoba/Nova Scotia/Quebec) | Canada:PG (Ontario) | Finland:(Banned) (1960) (original rating) | Finland:K-16 (1960) (re-rating) | UK:PG | USA:Not Rated | USA:Approved (No. 19630) | West Germany:16 | West Germany:16 (nf)

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Director Trademark: [William Castle] [gimmick]The movie was filmed in "Illusion-O" and a special viewer was needed to see the ghosts. This resulted in a number of sources incorrectly stating that the film was originally shown in 3D. The "ghost viewers" contained a red filter and a blue filter, but unlike 3D viewers/glasses, both eyes would look through the same color filter. The red filter would cause the ghostly images to intensify while the blue filter caused the images to fade.See more »
Incorrectly regarded as goofs: When Buck puts on the glasses and sees the lion, its roaring is not synchronized with its mouth movements (from 51:59 to 52:05). This could be a ghostly phenomenon chosen for its spooky effect.See more »
Buck Zorba:That was Emilio.
Cyrus Zorba:Who?
Buck Zorba:Emilio! He killed his wife, his mother-in-law and his sister-in-law with a meat cleaver. Whack! Whack! Whack! You'd better stand over there
[points to wall]
Buck Zorba:.
Cyrus Zorba:Why?
Buck Zorba:He doesn't mess up the kitchen often, but when he does, WOW!
[meat cleaver hits the wall]
Buck Zorba:. Now Emilio is through.
Hilda Zorba:Now *I'm* through
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18 out of 23 people found the following review useful.
It did frighten me, 1 September 1999
Author: Richard Hatch ( from Riverside, Ca lifornia, USA

I was 8 years old when this movie came out. We saw it as a family at the Baseline Drive-in. At the time it really scared me and my siblings. I just saw it recently on video and my impressions now are of course different. What I remember were the special glasses that you had to use to see or not to see the ghosts. William Castle at the time was the PT Barnum of horror movies and this was one of his latest gimmicks. Probably what I remember the most was finding for weeks afterward the discarded special glasses in our families orange grove since we lived about 1 mile from the drive-in and our road was on the way home for many people. My dad couldn't stand trash on our property and would pay each of us 5 cents for each one we brought to him.

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