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Director:
Writers:
Oreste Biancoli (story)
Riccardo Freda (screenplay)
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Release Date:
30 March 1963 (Italy) See more »
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Tagline:
The Black Sign of Death Is On This House! See more »
Plot:
A woman and her lover murder her husband, a doctor. Soon, however, strange things start happening, and they wonder if they really killed him, or if he is coming back from the dead to haunt them. | Add synopsis »
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Cast

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Barbara Steele ... Margaret Hichcock
Peter Baldwin ... Dr. Charles Livingstone
Elio Jotta ... Dr. John Hichcock (as Leonard G. Elliot)
Harriet Medin ... Catherine Wood, Housekeeper (as Harriet White)
Carol Bennet ... Woman
Carlo Kechler ... Police Superintendent (as Charles Kechler)
Umberto Raho ... Canon Owens (as Raoul H. Newman)
Reginald Price Anderson ... Albert Fisher

Directed by
Riccardo Freda  (as Robert Hampton)
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Oreste Biancoli  story and screenplay (as Robert Davidson)
Riccardo Freda  screenplay (as Robert Hampton)

Produced by
Luigi Carpentieri .... producer (as Louis Mann)
 
Original Music by
Franco Mannino  (as Franck Wallace)
 
Cinematography by
Raffaele Masciocchi  (as Donald Green)
 
Film Editing by
Ornella Micheli  (as Donna Christie)
 
Art Direction by
Mario Chiari  (as Sammy Fields)
 
Makeup Department
Massimo Giustini .... makeup artist (as Max Justins)
Charles Seaman .... hair stylist
 
Production Management
Lou D. Kelly .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Silvana Merli .... assistant director (as Silvy Black)
 
Sound Department
Cristopher Curtis .... sound
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Antonio Schiavo Lena .... camera operator (as Anthony Taylor)
Piero Servo .... camera loader
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Mary McCharty .... wardrobe
 
Music Department
Franco Mannino .... conductor (as Franck Wallace)
 
Other crew
Romolo Germano .... production assistant (as Rommy Deutch)
Lucky Reed .... production assistant
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Lo spettro" - Italy (original title)
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Runtime:
97 min
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Color (Technicolor)
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Made during the pseudonym craze of the 1960s, the music score was credited to "Franck Wallace." Italian composers usually registered their pseudonyms with their performing right society, the SIAE, and the identities were listed by Bianco e Nero and the Monthly Film Bulletin who both reported that Wallace was Franco Mannino. However, some reference sources such as Donald C. Willis in 1972 suggested "Franck Wallace" was a joint pseudonym for Mannino and Roman Vlad (the two composers sometimes collaborated and Wallace is a very rough transliteration of Vlad). Even more confusingly, Beat Records released the soundtrack in 2008 and discovered that the surviving tapes in the Nazionalmusic vaults were attributed to Francesco De Masi. So the CD went out credited to De Masi only. De Masi did not work with either of the other two composers, instead being asked at the behest of the director to do a new score, not liking Mannino's effort; what portions thereof are contained in the film, are unknown, as the director seemingly changed his mind again, as Mannino is credited in the film for the score.See more »
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6 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
Good Gothic mystery chiller, 21 March 2007
Author: The_Void from Beverley Hills, England

As you might expect, this film is really quite similar to Riccardo Freda's earlier horror flick "The Terror of Dr Hitchcock", although for my money; I'd say this one is slightly better. The two films share a director and a lead actress in common, as well as a lead character name. This film firmly fits into the 'Gothic' side of Italian cinema, which Steele often starred in, and Freda makes excellent use of this style with some real standout cinematography. It became clear that Riccardo Freda was, in fact, a hack; as it turned out that the great Mario Bava did most of the work on a lot of his films, and his later stuff - Tragic Ceremony and The Iguana with the Tongue of Fire to name a couple - was a million miles away from being brilliant. This film would appear to be Freda at his best, therefore, and it's actually not bad. The plot centres on Dr. John Hitchcock; a cripple who wants to die. His wife is, naturally, having an affair with her husband's doctor, and pretty soon the two of them conspire to murder Dr Hitchcock for his money. However, they didn't bargain for him haunting them after his death...

The film's title suggests that it's a ghost story, but I would say that The Ghost is more of a mystery chiller. There's not a great deal of real bona fide horror, and to be honest; I felt the film was a little too talky and would have proffered it to be a bit more visceral. The film's main draw is, obviously, Barbara Steele and the 'Queen of Horror' looks great throughout the film. The decor and set design is great too, and these allow Freda to build an oppressive and macabre atmosphere, which benefits the plot line quite well. The main problem with the film is the fact that a lot of it feels really amateurish. The dubbing is atrocious (even more so than usual) and some of the things the characters say are ridiculous. Whether or not that's down to the translation, I don't know. The climax is the best part of the film for me. Of course, it's not a completely sense-making ending and there are a few holes left; but it's a nice twist at least, and it does justify the shortfalls of some of the rest of the movie. Overall, I won't go as far as to say that The Ghost is a horror classic; but it's good entertainment, and fans of Gothic horror will enjoy it.

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