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Ghost Ship (1952)

Approved | | Horror | 8 July 1953 (USA)
A luxury ship is haunted by the ghosts of a crew that had disappeared off the ship years before.

Director:

Vernon Sewell

Writers:

Vernon Sewell, Philip Thornton (additional dialogue)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Dermot Walsh ... Guy Thornton
Hazel Court ... Margaret Thornton
Hugh Burden ... Dr. Fawcett
John Robinson John Robinson ... Prof. Mansel Martineau
Hugh Latimer Hugh Latimer ... Peter
Joan Carol Joan Carol ... Mrs. Martineau
Joss Ambler Joss Ambler ... Yard Manager
Mignon O'Doherty Mignon O'Doherty ... Mrs. Manley
Laidman Browne Laidman Browne ... Coroner
Meadows White Meadows White ... Mr. Leech, Surveyor
Pat McGrath Pat McGrath ... Bert, 1st Fisherman
Joss Ackland ... Ron, 2nd Fisherman
John King-Kelly John King-Kelly ... Sid, 3rd Fisherman (as John King Kelly)
Colin Douglas Colin Douglas ... 1st Engineer
Jack Stewart Jack Stewart ... 2nd Engineer
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Storyline

A young couple buys a yacht and scoffs at the rumors that it is haunted. After a few incidents that ends their scoff they summon a professional ghost-tracker from the Institute for Investigation of Psychic Phenomena. He brings along a medium to assist him they learn, from her mumblings while in a trance, that the last owner of the ship---in its pre-haunted days---killed his unfaithful wife and her lover before they could do as much for him, and that their bodies are still concealed below the floor boards. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Taglines:

Haunting suspense - terrifying danger - ride the decks of this devil-yacht! See more »

Genres:

Horror

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 July 1953 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

[US] TV Guide called the film a "talky but fairly atmospheric effort...hampered by its low budget." See more »

Quotes

Guy Thornton: At the risk of being obvious, that is a very peculiar gent. Anyone would think he doesn't want to sell the boat.
Margaret Thornton: Vessel.
Guy Thornton: Ship.
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Connections

Version of Frenzy (1945) See more »

Soundtracks

The Sailor's Hornpipe
(uncredited)
Traditional
Performed at the party on the ship
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Fairly tight little story
1 November 2005 | by DeeJsBabeSee all my reviews

You can't look at this movie and compare to the blockbusters, but as a B flick it's pretty good, even up at the top (in my mind). The story of the ghost is told in flashbacks and through a séance. The acting is pretty good, though the stars are not memorable. It's almost like watching an old TV show, though I more liken it to "The Woman Who Came Back" (1945). Someone just wrote a nice little mystery with some adequately spooky moments, and that is about all there is to it.

It starts out with a couple trying to buy an older steamboat. The man selling it to them warns them of its haunting. You see moments of the inquiry and story that led to the haunting, but it is not until the séance that you start to get a clue as to what caused the haunting.

This movie has nothing to do with movies of the same title, one from the forties and one from a few years ago.


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