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Robb White (written by)
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Release Date:
July 1960 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
IT'S FUN TO BE SCARED BY 13 GHOSTS (original print ad - all caps) See more »
Plot:
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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Cast

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

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Trivia:
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 »
Goofs:
Continuity: When the wind starts to blow at 06:42 after Buck makes his birthday wish you can see from 06:45 to 06:46 that it is blowing from behind Mrs. Zorba and toward Medea, who is sitting across from Mrs. Zorba, consistent with the flames on the birthday candles blowing toward Medea as they are extinguished at 06:44. However, at 06:00 a large fire place was shown behind Mrs. Zorba (which appeared in an earlier scene at 05:12) rather than the double window with a phone and phone book sitting in front of it shown from 06:42 to 06:43 to be the source of the wind. At 08:30 Medea is kneeling by the phone with the double window to her left reading from the phone book and talking to her father who is returning from answering the front door, but for this window to have been behind Mrs. Zorba, the film frames must be flipped horizontally so that the window would be to her right. Without the frame-flip, this window would have to be in the position of the single window shown from 06:45 to 06:46 without a phone and phone book sitting in front of it.See more »
Quotes:
Buck Zorba:[as Ben walks in the door] Ben, I found it!
[grabs the railing and shakes it to reveal the hidden area in the stairs]
Ben Rush:Good boy! Have you told anyone else about this?
Buck Zorba:Course not! Let's tell them now.
[Runs towards the dining room; Ben grabs his arm stopping him]
Buck Zorba:Ow! You're hurting!
Ben Rush:Sorry, Buck. We can't tell them yet.
Buck Zorba:But we're moving out tomorrow!
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Homicidal (1961)See more »

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12 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
The Best of William Castle, 9 March 2001
Author: aesgaard41 from United States

Ghost movies are among my favorite horror movies even over vampire pictures because you can't screw up a ghost movie while so many vampire movies rewrite vampire legends to fit their plots. William Castle knew how to make really good "haunted house" pictures. "House on Haunted Hill" is a classic, even with it's so-so remake, but I think "Thirteen Ghosts" deserves to be counted as Castle's best. In this movie he sets up a family nearing financial destitution despite the father's white collar job. This family with its knock-out daughter and flighty son (I shouldn't complain, that boy acts and talks the same way I was at his age) loses everything except their private belongings and then discovers a forgotten rich relative has left them his house and fortune. Wouldn't you want that to happen to you ? Before you say 'yes,' the house turns out to be haunted by the eccentric relative's ghost collection (this was years before "Ghostbusters"). The family has to decide to give up the house which may be hiding the relative's missing fortune or give it all up. It's a great plot, but the "Illusio" used at the time to create the ghosts with special glasses doesn't translate well to the black and white of today's tv screens, not even if you try to substitute 3-D glasses.Still, for what you see of them, the ghosts are chilling in a surreal sort of way as they go about their business and scare the family on the side. Some of the acting is campy, particularly De Camp's reactions to the ghosts in the kitchen. The boy, Buck, can be particularly chilling in the way Haley Joel Osment was for "The Sixth Sense." The daughter, Medea, played by obscure Jo Morrow, overdoes some of the stern sister's acting, but the father is played somewhat wooden. "Adam-12's" Martin Milner looks out of his element as the family lawyer, but he was near the start of his acting career. Kudos have to go to the casting of Margaret Hamilton from "The Wizard of Oz" as the housekeeper who may or may not be a witch in this movie too. Can you imagine what this movie would have been like with Ann B. Davis ?

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