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The Headless Ghost (1959)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Horror | June 1959 (UK)
Three teenagers encounter a ghost who is in limbo until he retrieves his lost head. They do their bit to help him find it.


Peter Graham Scott


Herman Cohen, Aben Kandel (as Kenneth Langtry)




Credited cast:
Richard Lyon ... Bill
Liliane Sottane ... Ingrid Joervets
David Rose David Rose ... Ronnie
Jack Allen Jack Allen ... The Live Earl of Ambrose
Clive Revill ... The Ghost of the Fourth Earl of Ambrose
Alexander Archdale Alexander Archdale ... The Ghost of Sir Randolph
John Stacy John Stacy ... Parker
Carl Bernard Carl Bernard ... Sgt. Grayson
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Mary Barclay Mary Barclay ... Lady Ambrose
Trevor Barnett Trevor Barnett ... Strongman
Donald Bisset Donald Bisset ... Guide
Josephine Blake Josephine Blake ... Kooch Dancer Ghost
Patrick Connor Patrick Connor ... Constable
Norah Hammond Norah Hammond


Three college students - two guys from the U.S. and a gal from Denmark - take a day trip from London to Ambrose Castle. The earl leads the tour and references the castle's ghosts. The intrepid three hide when the castle closes to see if the ghosts are real. After sundown, in the great hall, the portraits are more than oil on canvas: one hopes the students can put an end to a 600-year-old curse. In the castle's deepest recesses, obstacles abound: a cat and a rat, a rattler, an ax-swinging suit of armor, and revelers entertained by a slave's dance. Can the three overcome conflicts to help a ghost get ahead? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Plot Keywords:

ghost | castle | day trip | sundown | curse | See All (48) »




Comedy | Horror


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Release Date:

June 1959 (UK) See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Merton Park Studios See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The Headless Ghost was released for personal home viewing on DVD by VCI Home Entertainment in 1996 in the US, by Image Entertainment in the US at an unspecified date, and by VCI Entertainment in 2010, again on DVD and again in the US. See more »


The Headless Ghost's body is obviously played by a dwarf in a costume extended to average size. The arm length and position give this away. See more »

Crazy Credits

The opening credits feature a cartoon headless ghost running about the screen chasing its head. See more »


Referenced in Goosebumps: The Headless Ghost (1996) See more »

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30 October 2008 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Headless Ghost, The (1959)

* 1/2 (out of 4)

Three teenagers, looking for ghosts, spend the night in a haunted house and meet a headless ghost who needs to locate his head before passing to the "other side". This horror/comedy from AIP has somewhat of a small, cult following behind it but I'm really not sure what they see in it. Yes, every film has at least a small group of fans but I must admit that this movie just didn't do it for me. The movie has a lot more comedy than anything else or perhaps I should say this film tries to go for comedy more than anything else. I honestly can't remember laughing a single time, which is pretty bad considering the movie tries to get a laugh every few seconds. I also wasn't overly thrilled with any of the horror elements, which are pretty much held to the castle and the main ghost needing the help. The cast, including Richard Lyon, are all pretty standard but they're no better or worse than countless films like this from the decade. The film runs 62-minutes and goes by rather fast so if one finds the comedy working then I'm sure they'll enjoy it.

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