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The Headless Ghost (1959)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Horror | June 1959 (UK)
Three teenagers encounter a ghost who is in limbo until he retrieves his lost head. They do their bit to help him find it.



, (as Kenneth Langtry)


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Credited cast:
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 <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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ghost | castle | day trip | sundown | curse | See All (48) »




Comedy | Horror


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(Westrex Recording System)

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2.35 : 1
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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 »

Crazy Credits

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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2 June 2005 | by See all my reviews

I saw this many times on a local TV station back in the late 1970s. Every Saturday afternoon they showed two old horror films back to back. With a few exceptions they were BAD horror films. This is one of the worst.

Stupid ghost story of three annoying teenagers (two American guys, one Danish woman) visiting a haunted castle in England. There they meet a ghost who has (literally) lost his head. They help him find it.

Honestly...that's the entire plot! There's nothing else. The sets are real cheap looking (looks like they were made of cardboard), the special effects are atrocious (the headless ghost especially), the dialogue and plot are lame and the acting is really BAD! There isn't one remotely scary (or interesting or intelligent) moment in the entire film--it just drags on and on. The only reason I watched it was to avoid doing homework! Not even bad enough to be funny--just bad enough to be bad! A real must miss. I give it the lowest rating--1.

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