The Headless Ghost (1959)

 |  Comedy, Horror  |  June 1959 (UK)
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Three teenagers encounter a ghost who is in limbo until he retrieves his lost head. They do their bit to help him find it.



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Credited cast:
Richard Lyon ...
Liliane Sottane ...
Ingrid Joervets
David Rose ...
Jack Allen ...
The Live Earl of Ambrose
The Ghost of the Fourth Earl of Ambrose
Alexander Archdale ...
The Ghost of Sir Randolph
John Stacy ...
Carl Bernard ...
Sgt. Grayson
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Mary Barclay ...
Lady Ambrose
Trevor Barnett ...
Donald Bisset ...
Josephine Blake ...
Kooch Dancer Ghost
Patrick Connor ...
Norah Hammond


Three college students - two guys from the U.S. and a gal from Denmark - take a day trip from London to Ambrose Castle. The earl leads the tour and references the castle's ghosts. The intrepid three hide when the castle closes to see if the ghosts are real. After sundown, in the great hall, the portraits are more than oil on canvas: one hopes the students can put an end to a 600-year-old curse. In the castle's deepest recesses, obstacles abound: a cat and a rat, a rattler, an ax-swinging suit of armor, and revelers entertained by a slave's dance. Can the three overcome conflicts to help a ghost get ahead? Written by <>

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The Headless Ghost's body is obviously played by a dwarf in a costume extended to average size. The arm length and position give this away. See more »

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The opening credits feature a cartoon headless ghost running about the screen chasing its head. See more »


Referenced in Goosebumps: The Headless Ghost (1996) See more »

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Welcome to the creepy Ambrose Castle
15 August 2005 | by (Derby, England) – See all my reviews

I've just watched The Headless Ghost for the first time and quite liked it, even though I'm not a huge fan of comedy. This had a little drama with it two.

A coach load of tourists arrive at the haunted Ambrose Castle and three of these, two Americans and a young Dainish woman decide to stay behind for the night to see if it really is haunted. It isn't long before strange things start to happen and one of the ghosts appears from a painting and later, they confront the Headless Ghost of the title and end up helping him to get reattach his head to his body and achieve this at the end.

Despite it being a comedy, The Headless Ghost is rather creepy and atmospheric at times.

Watch it if you get the chance. Great fun.

Rating: 3 stars out of 5.

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