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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 ... 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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Taglines:

HEAD-HUNTING TEENAGERS LOST IN THE HAUNTED CASTLE!

Genres:

Comedy | Horror

Certificate:

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Trivia

The film was made specifically as the second feature for an American double bill with Horrors of the Black Museum (1959). 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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Silly, Harmless Fun
24 January 2006 | by R BeckerSee all my reviews

If you remember seeing this film on local TV -- as I do -- then you know it's a short, cheap, shot-in-England black-and-white comedy with a few random ghosts thrown in. But it's still fun! Not only does the film feature the first credited film appearances of Josephine Blake (who would later be a British musical star) and Clive Revill (a great British character actor), but it's got a guy named David Rose who is about as close to a 1950s teen comedy Regis Philbin as you'll ever find. I don't know where they dug up guys like this one (and Bobby Van, and all the other horror/SF/fantasy "comedy relief" guys), but they're a cliché -- uh, staple of the time that you just have to look back and chuckle about. If you find the pacing slow (it is) and the plot thin (it is) and the comedy weak (it is), at least you know it's not very long...


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

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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