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Tom Merriam signs on the ship Altair as third officer under Captain Stone. At first things look good, Stone sees Merriam as a younger version of himself and Merriam sees Stone as the first adult to ever treat him as a friend. But after a couple strange deaths of crew members, Merriam begins to think Stone is a psychopathic madman obsessed with authority. He tries to tell others, but no one believes him, and it only makes Stone angry..Written by
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This film's earliest documented telecast took place in San Francisco Tuesday 26 June 1956 on KPIX (Channel 5); it first aired in Altoona Wednesday 18 July 1956 on WFBG (Channel 10), in Detroit Friday 17 August 1956 on WJBK (Channel 2), in Binghamton NY Saturday 1 September 1956 on WNBF (Channel 12), in Philadelphia Thursday 13 September 1956 on WFIL (Channel 6), and in Pittsburgh Wednesday 14 October 1956 on KDKA (Channel 2). See more »
When the Captain catches Tom at the gun locker, Tom's shadow profile is cast on the wall directly beside the Captain as though the lighting is on Tom's left side, yet Tom is directly facing the Captain and the lighting is on his right side. See more »
Captain Will Stone:
[He's just caught Merriam getting into the arsenal locker; he pulls his revolver on him]
Hold it! Move, and you'll get a bullet through the abdomen. Not a pleasant or quick death, either. Perhaps you've never seen a man die that way? But I want you to live! I want you to learn the great lesson that I thought I'd taught you: authority *cannot* be questioned!
3rd Officer Tom Merriam:
That's crazy talk.
Captain Will Stone:
Well, I've never felt more sane in my life than I do at this moment... Who's crazy? You, who defied me and are helpless? ...
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The rarest of the Val Lewton horror films. Exceptional chiller about a much beloved Sea Captain (Richard Dix) slowly going mad. What makes the film stand out are a few key scenes- an anchor blindly swings above the deck, crushing portions of the boat while frightened sailors try to stop it- Dix locking a man in a room sized container for the anchor chain- Dix and a very unlikely hero having a bloody knife fight in the dark while unsuspecting sailors play Calypso music not far away. Not up there with Lewton's "Cat People", or "Seventh Victim", but a good horror classic nevertheless.
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