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The Headless Ghost (1959)

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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Cast

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

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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) »

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HEAD-HUNTING TEENAGERS LOST IN THE HAUNTED CASTLE!

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Comedy | Horror

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June 1959 (UK)  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

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2.35 : 1
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Goofs

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 »

Connections

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

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Silly, Harmless Fun
24 January 2006 | by See all my reviews

If you remember seeing this film on local TV -- as I do -- then you know it's a short, cheap, shot-in-England black-and-white comedy with a few random ghosts thrown in. But it's still fun! Not only does the film feature the first credited film appearances of Josephine Blake (who would later be a British musical star) and Clive Revill (a great British character actor), but it's got a guy named David Rose who is about as close to a 1950s teen comedy Regis Philbin as you'll ever find. I don't know where they dug up guys like this one (and Bobby Van, and all the other horror/SF/fantasy "comedy relief" guys), but they're a cliché -- uh, staple of the time that you just have to look back and chuckle about. If you find the pacing slow (it is) and the plot thin (it is) and the comedy weak (it is), at least you know it's not very long...


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