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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... See more »


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Capt. Will Stone
3rd Officer Tom Merriam / Tertius
Ellen Roberts
First Officer Bowns
Jacob 'Sparks' Winslow - Radioman
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Raphael - the Steward (uncredited)
Crew Member (uncredited)
John Burford ...
Crew Member (uncredited)
Tom Burton ...
William Benson (uncredited)
Harry Clay ...
Tom McCall (uncredited)
Blind Beggar (uncredited)
Boyd Davis ...
Charles Roberts - Dunhan Line Agent (uncredited)
John Corbin - Sailor (uncredited)
Unnamed officer (uncredited)
Finn - the Mute (uncredited)
Mike Lally ...
Crew Member (uncredited)
Sir Lancelot ...
Billy Radd (uncredited)
Stenographer (uncredited)
Charles Lung ...
Long Jim (uncredited)
Paul Marion ...
Peter - the Greek (uncredited)
Norman Mayes ...
Carriage Driver (uncredited)
Charles Norton ...
German Sailor (uncredited)
Ellen's Sister (uncredited)
Russell Owen ...
Crew Member (uncredited)
Charles Regan ...
Crew Member (uncredited)
Boats (uncredited)
Robert R. Stephenson ...
German Sailor (uncredited)
Louie Parker - Seaman (uncredited)
Chief Engineer (uncredited)
Steve Winston ...
Ausman (uncredited)

Directed by

Mark Robson

Written by

Donald Henderson Clarke ... (screenplay)
Leo Mittler ... (story)

Produced by

Val Lewton ... producer

Music by

Roy Webb

Cinematography by

Nicholas Musuraca ... director of photography

Film Editing by

John Lockert

Art Direction by

Albert S. D'Agostino
Walter E. Keller

Set Decoration by

Claude E. Carpenter ... (as Claude Carpenter)
Darrell Silvera

Costume Design by

Edward Stevenson ... (gowns)

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

Ruby Rosenberg ... assistant director

Sound Department

Francis M. Sarver ... recordist
Terry Kellum ... sound (uncredited)
James G. Stewart ... sound (uncredited)

Special Effects by

Vernon L. Walker ... special effects

Music Department

C. Bakaleinikoff ... musical director
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Plot Summary

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 Ken Yousten

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Taglines MYSTERY TERROR! (original print ad - all caps) See more »
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Also Known As
  • Ghost Ship (United States)
  • Le vaisseau fantôme (France)
  • El barco fantasma (Spain)
  • El vaixell fantasma (Spain, Catalan title)
  • Statek widmo (Poland)
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  • 69 min
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Budget $150,000 (estimated)

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Trivia Very shortly after its theatrical release in December of 1943, producer Val Lewton was sued for plagiarism by Samuel R. Golding and Norbert Faulkner, who claimed that Lewton based his script on a play which they had written and submitted to Lewton's office at the time "The Ghost Ship" was being developed. Although Lewton had the opportunity to settle out of court, he chose to have the case tried. Despite Lewton's claims that their manuscript was returned unread, the court ruled against Lewton and RKO (a decision upheld at appeal), and The Ghost Ship (1943) was withdrawn from circulation. It remained unavailable for viewing for the next 50 years until the copyright was not renewed and it fell into the public domain. RKO paid the authors $25,000 in damages and $5,000 for attorney fees and lost all rights to future income and the right to sell the film to television. See more »
Goofs One shot of the boat traveling toward camera shows the name of the boat on the bow is backwards. The backwards name reads Venture, indicating it's a shot reused from King Kong (1933) that has been horizontally flipped. See more »
Movie Connections Edited from King Kong (1933). See more »
Soundtracks Blow the Man Down See more »
Quotes Finn, the Mute: [voiceover] The man is dead. With his death, the waters of the sea are open to us. But there will be other deaths, and the agony of dying, before we come to land again.
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