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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.

Director:

Peter Graham Scott

Writers:

Aben Kandel (original story) (as Kenneth Langtry), Herman Cohen (original story) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Richard Lyon ... Bill
Liliane Sottane ... Ingrid
David Rose David Rose ... Ronnie
Clive Revill ... Fourth Earl
Jack Allen ... Earl of Ambrose
Alexander Archdale Alexander Archdale ... Randolph
Carl Bernard Carl Bernard ... Sergeant Grayson
Josephine Blake Josephine Blake ... Dancer
John Stacy John Stacy ... Parker
Donald Bisset Donald Bisset ... Guide (as Donald Bissett)
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Storyline

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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HEAD-HUNTING TEENAGERS LOST IN THE HAUNTED CASTLE!

Genres:

Comedy | Horror

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

June 1959 (UK) See more »

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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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Cohen later said in an interview that 'We knocked out that picture very, very fast; that's why the running time is so short, like sixty-five minutes ... In fact, we started Headless Ghost as I was still finishing Black Museum, editing and cutting it. But I honestly don't recall too much else about this picture, it was so bad.' Cohen later admitted that the film was unfunny and that he 'never liked' it. See more »

Goofs

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 »

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It's a half decent watch.
5 January 2020 | by Sleepin_DragonSee all my reviews

A trio of students aren't convinced that Ambrose Castle is haunted, so they contrive a way to stay overnight, and discover one or two surprises.

It's a little unfair to judge this film in 2020, because to my eyes it is unsophisticated and silly, but at the time I imagine this would have been somewhat imaginative and definitely a little different. For 1959 it looks pretty good, with nice sets and costumes, and a few decent effects. The banquet scene looks very good.

On the downside it is silly, perhaps one to watch with youngsters that enjoy a ghost story, as it does have the feeling of a children's ghost story. Not to be taken seriously, but mildly entertaining. 5/10


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