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Four successful elderly gentlemen, members of the Chowder Society, share a gruesome, 50-year old secret. When one of Edward Wanderley's twin sons dies in a bizarre accident, the group ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Ricky Hawthorne
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Dr. John Jaffrey
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Edward Charles Wanderley
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Sears James
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Don Wanderley / David Wanderley
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Stella Hawthorne
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Eva Galli / Alma Mobley
Jacqueline Brookes ...
Milly
Miguel Fernandes ...
Gregory Bate
Lance Holcomb ...
Fenny Bate
Mark Chamberlin ...
Young Jaffrey
Tim Choate ...
Young Hawthorne
Kurt Johnson ...
Young Wanderley
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Young James
Brad Sullivan ...
Sheriff Hardesty
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Four successful elderly gentlemen, members of the Chowder Society, share a gruesome, 50-year old secret. When one of Edward Wanderley's twin sons dies in a bizarre accident, the group begins to see a pattern of frightening events developing. Written by Jeanne Armintrout <jeannee@uwyo.edu>

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The time has come to tell the tale.

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18 December 1981 (USA)  »

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Cuento de fantasmas  »

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Trivia

Both Fred Astaire (who plays Ricky Hawthorne) and Melvyn Douglas (who plays Dr. John Jaffery) are mentioned in Peter Straub's source "Ghost Story" novel on which the movie is based. See more »

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When David plunges through the window, he has a large brown towel wrapped around him, but in the subsequent shots of him falling immediately after he is naked, and the towel is nowhere to be seen - if it had somehow come off it should be seen drifting down through the air. See more »

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Gregory Bate: Imagine her waiting for you all these years. Imagine her sleeping under ice and snow... waiting.
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A fun, spooky tale that showcases some classic film stars
22 September 2003 | by (Milwaukee, WI) – See all my reviews

I watched this film with a friend who described it as `one of the scariest movies he had ever seen.' I will agree with this assessment because the thrills are not cheap ones – they are genuine scares. Ghost Story stars Fred Astaire, John Houseman, Douglas Fairbanks Jr. and Melvyn Douglas as members of the `Chowder Society' a group that gathers around the fireplace to drink brandy and tell ghost stories. The problem lies in the fact that they also share a long-kept secret that is now coming back to haunt them.

While it was novel to see these great actors in action, particularly in a genre where they are not normally known, this film is great because it does not rely on gore or special effects to scare the pants off the viewer. The horrors come from lower scale thrill, like a spooky house, an eerie soundtrack and quick flashes of horrific images that are sudden and impactful enough to make your heart leap into your throat.

This is a small, fun movie that isn't without its faults; (you can see the `secret' coming from a mile away) but the buildup to the unveiling of this secret is pure fun.

--Shelly


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