The Ghost Ship is a 1943 American black-and-white psychological thriller film, with elements of mystery and horror, directed by Mark Robson, starring Richard Dix and featuring Russell Wade, Edith Barrett, Ben Bard and Edmund Glover, along with Skelton Knaggs. At first things look good. 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 when a Prussian officer holds the ... See full summary ». 36 of 37 people found this review helpful. Cinematographer Nicholas Musuraca, art directors Albert S. D'Agostino and Walter E. Keller, and composer Roy Webb all regularly worked with Lewton, and did so on The Ghost Ship as well. Tom Merriam (Russell Wade), a young merchant marine officer, joins the crew of the ship Altair. The Ghost Ship (1943) Published on October 24, 2014, by JPRoscoe - Posted in Movies 0. [31] RKO paid the authors $25,000 in damages and attorney fees of $5,000, and lost all future booking residuals and the right to sell the film for airing on television. This was one of four attempts by Vernon Sewell to adapt and film an obscure Pierre Mills and Celia de Vilyars Grand Guignol stage play, called 'L'Angoisse'. One would think that, at a mere 69 min., ‘Ghost Ship’ would open like gangbusters story-wise and leap along. He walked onto a set and saw a tanker, then cooked up the idea for this ship with a murderous captain. Like all of Val Lewton’s productions this one is also not exactly a horror movie. The Ghost Ship Synopsis: Tom Merriam signs on the ship Altair as third officer under Captain Stone. What it is instead is a seafaring adventure yarn about a Captain who's slowly going mad (and homicidal) due to his obsession with authority and only our heroic lead Tom Merriam, the 3rd Officer, seems to want to do anything about it. Certificate: Passed "Darkness, Darkness: The Films of Val Lewton. [35] The film was released as part of the Val Lewton Horror Collection DVD set in 2005. [15][19] Because of the suit, The Ghost Ship was withdrawn from theatrical release. The Last Drive-In with Joe Bob Briggs: Pieces. Captain Stone overhears Bowns' conversation with the crew, and goes insane. "Wrap Shot [Origins of Film Noir]. I'm definitely a Val Lewton fan and this one delivers the goods. Tom Merriam signs on the ship the Altair as third officer under Captain Stone. "[13] One scholar has suggested that Lewton accepted the assignment in part because, as an amateur sailor himself, the ship captain's behavior mirrored Lewton's own views on how to manage a ship, but also because Lewton saw the plot as a way of criticizing his micro-managing superiors at RKO. 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… [17] Film director Alison Maclean chose The Ghost Ship for a retrospective of classic RKO films, arguing that the film was "genuinely eccentric" and a cinematic revelation. He tries to tell others, but no one believes him, and it only makes Stone angry.. "Old Hollywood Horror, but With Depth and Flair. Will Stone Russell Wade. [32] The film's direction, cinematography and lighting, too, display a depth of artistry not usually seen in cinema. This Val Lewton produced film is not what one would likely expect from the title: a ghost story...so don't expect that going in. Check out IMDb's highest-rated movies and TV shows of 2020, most-viewed trailers, top stars, memorable moments, and more! Shortly after, the captain closes the hatch to the chain locker with Louie inside, and Louie is crushed to death by the chain. [12] The budget, as with all of Lewton's films, was set at $150,000. His fifth film as their B-movie producer was The Ghost Ship , released on Christmas Eve 1943. Reasonator; Scholia; Statistics ... Media in category "The Ghost Ship" The following 3 files are in this category, out of 3 total. The film, which cost $141,659, brought in almost $4 million in its first two years and saved the studio from financial disaster. Read the full synopsis of The Ghost Ship, 1943, directed by Mark Robson, with Richard Dix, Russell Wade, Edith Barrett, at Turner Classic Movies [10] Skelton Knaggs, Edmund Glover, and future film noir star Lawrence Tierney, whom Lewton had seen modeling clothing in a Sears, Roebuck catalog, all made their motion picture debuts in the movie. Was this review helpful to you? the ghost ship (1943) Part of the pleasure in watching a Val Lewton horror film is in seeing how artfully he chose to interpret the gawdy titles that RKO foisted on him. Merriam believes that Captain Stone, who is obsessed with authority, did it intentionally. [16] Robson was the RKO director "most in tune with [Lewton's] idea of psychological terror". This is Val Lewton’s fifth movie for RKO studios. Half the time the swinging hook is so hidden in the darkness that aside from the creak of its sway, there is no telling which direction it will take. A woman in search of her missing sister uncovers a Satanic cult in New York's Greenwich Village, and finds that they may have something to do with her sibling's random disappearance. Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Nell Bowen, the spirited protege of rich Lord Mortimer, becomes interested in the conditions of notorious St. Mary's of Bethlehem Asylum (Bedlam). ... Internet Movie Data Base [IMDB] … [34] It was not until the film's copyright was not renewed and it entered the public domain in the 1990s, that it began to be available again. [17] Robson had just finished editing Orson Welles' Journey Into Fear, and there are distinct stylistic similarities between the two films. Despite the same titles, the 2002 film of the same title is not considered a remake of this film. Martin Scorsese narrates this tribute to Val Lewton, the producer of a series of memorable low-budget horror films for RKO Studios. [42] Film historian Edmund Bansak has written one scene in particular which is highly effective: An excellent set-piece early in the film showcases Robson's underrated directorial skill. Taking direction over the ship's radio, the captain is to perform the appendectomy, but he is unable to make the incision. The Ghost Ship is a movie that probably should be seen more. 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. Ghost Ship (1952) A luxury ship is haunted by the ghosts of a crew that had disappeared off the ship years before. In a tightly directed, genuinely exciting scene, the monstrous hook sways back and forth in a direct path toward the camera, making one wonder how cinematographer, Nicholas Musuraca, kept his camera (and head) intact during the shooting. Movie Name: The Ghost Ship. 3rd Officer Tom Merriam / Tertius Edith Barrett. ", Lovato, Todd Eric. [27], The film was released in theaters on Christmas Eve, 1943. After the captain's death, Merriam is reinstated and the ship returns to its home port of San Pedro. IMDb ID: tt0035937. The Ghost Ship. View production, box office, & company info. Modern film critics have also praised the picture's acting, cinematography, and lighting, as well as its ability to scare. A ruthless doctor and his young prize student find themselves continually harassed by their murderous supplier of illegal cadavers. Cinematographer Nicholas Musuraca won high praise for his chiaroscuro lighting design. Jacob 'Sparks' Winslow - Radioman Robert Bice. Thriller stars Oscar-nominee Richard Dix ("Cimarron"). Actor Richard Dix is almost uniformly praised for bringing a depth of character, moodiness, and pathos to the role of Captain Stone. Raised by his mother and his aunt, his films often ... See full summary », Tom Merriam signs on the ship Altair as third officer under Captain Stone. Movie ∙ Dec 16, 1943. RUNNING TIME: 69 mins. Captain Stone now orders Merriam to send a radio message to the corporate office advising them that Winslow has been washed overboard. Merriam, scorned by the crew, finds that he can no longer lock the door to his cabin. Tom Merriam signs on the ship Altair as third officer under Captain Stone. ... [The] hook remains unattended and unsecured. View The Ghost Ship, 1943, directed by Mark Robson, with Richard Dix, Russell Wade, Edith Barrett, in its original aspect ratio [11] RKO production chief Charles Koerner did not want Lewton to be idle once filming on The Seventh Victim ended nor did he favor the idea of Lewton working on comedy, so Koerner suggested that Lewton direct a horror film set at sea, utilizing the studio's existing ship set, built for Pacific Liner (1939). Merriam however retains his values and ethics throughout the film even when they don't work out in his favor. The Ghost Ship is a minor Val Lewton production set aboard a boat that only meets the title's promise obliquely. Full Cast & Crew: The Ghost Ship (1943) Cast (30) Richard Dix. The vagueness leaves the audience unsure whether to believe Merriam's accusations against the Captain, and builds an atmosphere of paranoia and doubt which is critical to the picture's success. THE GHOST SHIP: A callow and idealistic young man takes his place as third officer of a tramp steamer plying the waters of the gulf of Mexico. The Ghost Ship Directed by Mark Robson. He takes a knife and enters Merriam's cabin to kill the young officer, but Finn arrives to try to stop him. Ghost Ship (NUMA Files series Book 12) Book 12 of 18: NUMA Files | by Clive Cussler and Graham Brown | May 27, 2014 4.6 out of 5 stars 1,404 "He would find what we call a 'standing set,' and then tailor his script to the set, whatever it was. Afterward, the captain has a self-serving explanation for his failure. The film is about a young merchant marine officer who begins to suspect that his ship's captain is mentally unbalanced and endangering the lives of the ship's crew. In February 1944, Lewton was sued for plagiarism by playwrights Samuel R. Golding and Norbert Faulkner, who claimed that the script was based on a play that was submitted to Lewton for a possible film. "[44] Robson's direction has earned kudos for heightening the suspense by leaving certain actions and motives vague. In occupied France during the Franco-Prussian War, a young French laundress shares a coach ride with several of her condescending social superiors. [10] Many details about the performances, lighting, camera angles, action, and effects were worked out ahead of time in order to not only keep the film under budget but also help achieve suspense on such a low budget. RKO Studios - 780 N. Gower Street, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA. [24] Edith Barrett, Ben Bard, Dewey Robinson, and Charles Lung all had worked with Lewton before. RKO had scored a major financial success with Cat People (1942). Fearing for his life, he tries to steal a gun from the ship's weapons locker, but is confronted by Captain Stone. A seemingly tame leopard used for a publicity stunt escapes and kills a young girl, spreading panic throughout a sleepy New Mexico town. It is a psychological thriller. "[48], Contemporary film programmers seem to have a high opinion of the film as well. He is a mighty presence amongst the strange occurrences aboard the ship. [28] The poster art was most likely painted by William Rose. [9] RKO wanted to move quickly on a sequel to build on the success of Cat People, but producer Val Lewton wished to make the fantasy-comedy story "The Amorous Ghost" instead. Weaver, James B. and Tamborini, Ronald C. Stanley, John. The Philadelphia Experiment is an alleged military experiment supposed to have been carried out by the U.S. Navy at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States, sometime around October 28, 1943.The U.S. Navy destroyer escort USS Eldridge was claimed to have been rendered invisible (or "cloaked") to enemy devices.. He tries to tell others, but no one believes him, and it only makes Stone angry.. It is a psychological thriller. Ghostboat is a 2006 British television film based on a novel by George E. Simpson and Neal R. Burger starring David Jason – a fantasy tale of His Majesty's Submarine Scorpion vanishing during the Second World War leaving only one crew member (David Jason) surviving. The ship, already shorthanded due to the death of a crew member before it left port, almost loses another ("the Greek") when he develops appendicitis. [15] Leo Mittler did the treatment and Donald Henderson Clarke wrote the script, although Lewton significantly revised the screenplay and wrote many lines of dialogue himself.[15]. The Ghost Ship 1943 Stone and Bowns.jpg 600 × 400; 38 KB. The film can be seen as a "low-key psychological thriller",[1] a "suspense drama",[2] and a "waterlogged melodrama".[3]. One of the crew, Louie (an uncredited Lawrence Tierney), tells the captain he should pull in to port and take on new crew. "DVDs Are Delightful. [23] His performance here led him to be cast in Lewton's later The Body Snatcher (1945). Movie Info. [36], At the time of its initial release, the film had a mixed reception, with both positive and negative reviews. "[37] Paul Meehan calls it "a tepid potboiler of malfeasance and murder on the high seas. Tom Merriam signs on the ship Altair as third officer under Captain Stone. The Ghost Ship Directed by: Mark Robson Written by: Donald Henderson Clarke, Leo Mittler Starring: Ben Bard, Edith Barrett, Richard Dix, Russell Wade. IMDb users revisited lots of old TV favorites this year — from "Friends" to "The Office," these were the most binged shows of 2020. "Val Lewton Retrospective. You must be a registered user to use the IMDb rating plugin. The Ghost Ship (10) IMDb 6.6 1h 9min 1943 NR Driven insane from isolation, a ship's captain begins to torment his third-mate. Film has an odd tone. [26] Atmosphere is created in the film by the contrast between murder and the joviality of the calypso songs sung on board. Smith, Grey; Breitbarth, Brad; and Halperin, Jim. AVAILABLE ON DVD. Overview. The ship's crew, however, believes the vessel to be haunted and cursed and several mysterious deaths occur. Tom Merriam signs on the ship Altair as third officer under Captain Stone. Ghost Ship is a 1952 British thriller film directed by Vernon Sewell and written by Vernon Sewell and Philip Thornton. "[46] The picture is "entirely concerned with male conflict", one critic noted, and at the end of the film a woman appears only in shadow and fog "as the possibility of salvation" rather than bringing emotional closure. A family intervention goes horrifically awry within the snowy confines of an isolated lake house. [20][21] Richard Dix was cast because he was already on contract with RKO to do several "quickie" pictures at a set fee per film, and doing The Ghost Ship would help fulfill his contract without much effort. Cast and crew credits for The Ghost Ship, 1943, directed by Mark Robson, with Richard Dix, Russell Wade, Edith Barrett, at Turner Classic Movies ", "December 10: Val Lewton's 'The Ghost Ship' Sets Sail", James, Caryn. Ben Bard ran an acting school, and according to the IMDb: "In the 1930s, he established Ben Bard Drama, one of the largest and most respected acting schools in Hollywood. Instead, Merriam successfully removes the sailor's appendix, but – feeling he should be loyal to the captain and spare him embarrassment – swears the radio operator to secrecy. Visuals: 7/10. [29] The film did well at the box office[30] until Lewton was sued for plagiarism in February 1944 by playwrights Samuel R. Golding and Norbert Faulkner, who claimed that the script was based on a play that was submitted to Lewton for a possible film. Production began on 3 August 1943. 7.0 Overall Score. [32], Modern critics have also pointed out that the film, unlike so many motion pictures of the 1940s, has an almost exclusively male cast and avoids the trope of a man "redeemed by the love of a good woman. [10] As Lewton and studio wrangled, Lewton commenced production on The Seventh Victim, a horror-murder mystery film, and on May 12, 1943, RKO announced it was delaying production on the sequel The Curse of the Cat People due to the unavailability of key performers. Different type of story. Mark Robson was assigned to direct in June 1943. As stated, the title is something of a misnomer – and yet it isn’t. Ellen Roberts Ben Bard. "[38] The script has come in for significant praise, with Captain Stone being compared to Captain Queeg in The Caine Mutiny, Captain Ahab in Moby-Dick, and Captain Wolf Larsen in The Sea-Wolf. Also events here do seem to wrap themselves up much too quickly. In the scene in which Seaman Parker (Lawrence Tierney) dies, crushed by the anchor chain, Robson left it unclear whether Captain Stone committed murder by trapping Parker in the anchor chain locker or whether he merely shut the door. Because of the suit, The Ghost Ship was withdrawn from theatrical release and not shown for nearly 50 years. A luxury ship is haunted by the ghosts of a crew that had disappeared off the ship years before. Captain Stone's newly recruited officer, Tom Merriam, idolizes his senior who treats him like a friend. Like all of Val Lewton’s productions this one is also not exactly a horror movie. [22] Russell Wade had provided a disembodied voice in The Leopard Man, and this was his first starring role in a Lewton production. Merriam states his intention to leave the Altair. Her film debut was in the Kay Kyser musical Around the World (1943). USA. With Richard Dix, Russell Wade, Edith Barrett, Ben Bard. Tom Merriam (Russell Wade) boards the freighter Altair in San Pedro, where he meets Capt. Why is the movie titled 'The Ghost Ship' when there are no ghosts in it? The Ghost Ship. IMDb ∙ 1943. Mark Robson. Ken Yousten . [32], The film did not see release for nearly another 50 years due to the suit. At first, all seems well and Merriam bonds with the captain, Will Stone (Richard Dix). Soon after, Merriam is involved in a fight in port and knocked unconscious. "His trademark scare tactic, a high point in practically all of his films, is a long, dark, nightmarish walk, where every sound is magnified and every object threatening. [39] Other film critics have made sustained arguments that the film is a lengthy if coded study of repressed homosexuality, similar to that in Herman Melville's novel, Billy Budd. Here are some of our picks to get you in the spirit. Still all in all there's enough good stuff here that this film is definitely worth seeking out. [12] According to Robert Wise, a longtime collaborator with Lewton, it was this set that gave Lewton the idea for the film. One of his former shipmates – unaware that he has left the Altair – brings the unconscious man back aboard ship before the vessel departs. Will Stone (Richard Dix). Other films in which she appeared included Tarzan and the Amazons, The Chase, Higher and Higher and Ghost Ship (1952). The captain then has First Officer Bowns (Ben Bard) administer a sedative to Merriam. [45][47] Indeed, the focus on men and men's problems has led one modern critic to declare the film "one of the most homoerotic films Hollywood ever made. There are no spooks on this sailing vessel. After reading it, Bowns becomes deeply alarmed. Crew members intervene, and the captain has the crew tie up Merriam and put him in his bunk. After the inquiry, the captain admits to a female friend (Edith Barrett, who had appeared in I Walked with a Zombie) that he fears he is losing his mind. It was not until the film's copyright was not renewed and it entered the public domain in the 1990s,[4] that it began to be available again, and was released as part of the Val Lewton Horror Collection DVD set in 2005. Merriam accuses the captain of murdering Winslow, and the two fight. [45] Contemporary critic Gary Giddins has pointed out that the film incorporates classic Lewton scare tactics but in new ways. Encouraged by the Quaker Hannay, she tries... See full summary », On a Greek island during the 1912 war, several people are trapped by quarantine for the plague. [15] Elliot Lavine, a film historian, says that losing the lawsuit deeply disturbed Lewton, leaving him depressed for a significant period of time. Robson creates a dynamic sense of menace from a physical object: a massive giant hook hanging from upon an enormous chain, pendulumlike, inches above the deck. Prime Video has you covered this holiday season with movies for the family. The young, friendless daughter of Oliver and Alice Reed befriends her father's dead first wife and an aging, reclusive actress. An American man marries a Serbian immigrant who fears that she will turn into the cat person of her homeland's fables if they are intimate together. REVIEWED BY: Dr Lenera . It was produced by Val Lewton for RKO Radio Pictures as part of a series of low-budget horror films. 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. However, as he leaves Merriam's cabin, Winslow encounters the captain. The Ghost Ship 1943 Finn the Mute.jpg 400 × 300; 12 KB. 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. Raphael - the Steward (uncredited) Eddie Borden. RKO production 431 Producer and uncredited co-writer Val Lewton Directed by Mark Robson Writen by Donald Henderson Clarke and Leo Mittler Actors: Richard Dix, Russell Wade, Edith Barrett, Ben Bard, Charles Lung, Skelton Knaggs Production start August 3, 1943 Production end August 28, 1943 Running time 69 minutes Synopsis: Tom Merriam signs on the ship Altair as third officer under Captain Stone. Ghost Ship - 1943 . The Ghost Ship is a 1943 English Film stars Richard Dix , Mark Robson , Donald Henderson Clarke , Leo Mittler , Val Lewton , Roy Webb , Nicholas Musuraca , John Lockert , Russell Wade , Edith Barrett , Ben Bard , Edmund Glover , Sir Lancelot , Lawrence Tierney , directed by Mark Robson & music by Roy Webb. [10] Sir Lancelot, a well-known calypso singer, who later influenced the career of Harry Belafonte,[25] had already appeared in singing roles in three prior films (including I Walked with a Zombie). Search for "The Ghost Ship" on Amazon.com, Title: [19] Dr. Jared Criswell, former pastor of the Fifth Avenue Spiritualist Church of New York City, served as a technical consultant on the film regarding psychic phenomena. Another miss-titled gem, “The Ghost Ship” was released in 1943 and was directed by Mark Robson. The Ghost Ship (1943) Tom Merriam signs on the ship Altair as third officer under Captain Stone. (1943). [18] Robson and Lewton chose to use single-source lighting throughout the film in order to make the sets and performances more interesting, and sets were designed to utilize this type of lighting. But when a couple of his crew members die mysteriously, Tom starts doubting Stone's authority. But after a couple strange deaths of crew members, Merriam begins to think Stone is a psychopathic madman obsessed with authority. Another miss-titled gem, “The Ghost Ship” was released in 1943 and was directed by Mark Robson. Story: 7/10. It isn't even really an Horror film per se although there are elements at work here which will prove horrific to many viewers. Stone dares Merriam to try to get the support of the crew, but Merriam is rebuffed in this effort. For other uses, see, Quoted in Lovell, Glenn. But when a couple of his crew members die mysteriously, Tom starts doubting Stone's authority. Captain Stone's newly recruited officer, Tom Merriam, idolizes his senior who treats him like a friend. The crew all speak favorably of the captain, including the Greek, who credits the captain with saving his life. The Ghost Ship (1943) Don't be deceived by the title. The Ghost Ship is a straight up thriller filled with murder and mystery. While the crew is up on deck singing, Finn and the captain engage in a desperate struggle in the dark, during which Finn kills the captain. Get a sneak peek of the new version of this page. [49] When The Ghost Ship was shown on French cable television in the late 1990s, it was introduced as a prime example of Val Lewton's genius at presenting "unseen horror. Original title: The Ghost Ship. When his new third-in-command dares question his methods, he may put his life, and that of others, in danger. ", This article is about the 1943 film. Upon its theatrical release on Christmas Eve, 1943, the film was a box office success but received a mixed critical reception. While the film possesses the mood and style one expects from Lewton's films, the content and in some cases atmosphere is really not what one expects from the producer. [19] The two men also agreed to continue Lewton's emphasis on unseen and implied terror. Capt. First Officer Bowns Edmund Glover. ", harvnb error: no target: CITEREFWorland_(2006) (. [17][33] The Ghost Ship did make it into a package of RKO films sold by "C & C Television Films" to local TV stations, but it was quickly withdrawn. The radioman shows Merriam the captain's reply radiogram and says that he now mistrusts the captain and will send a message to the company expressing his concerns about Stone's mental health. ... Tom Merriam signs on the ship Altair as third officer under Captain Stone. Drama. Finn finally delivers the captain's radiogram to Bowns. He's just caught Merriam getting into the arsenal locker; he pulls his revolver on him, July 30th Blu-ray & DVD Releases Include The Intruder, Quatermass II, Quatermass And The Pit, Body At Brighton Rock, Hellmaster, Full Release Details for Scream Factory’s The Leopard Man Blu-ray, ‘The Leopard Man’ Blu-ray Release Date and Details. This is Val Lewton’s fifth movie for RKO studios. Merriam wakes up on the ship and fears that the pathologically insane[7] Captain Stone may now attempt to kill him, a fear that is only reinforced when the captain, referring to the young officer's accusations, says "You know, Mr. Merriam, there are some captains who would hold this against you.". A 1993 Film Forum series, "Val Lewton: Horror Most Noir", screened The Ghost Ship 42 times, while I Walked With A Zombie screened only 10 times and Cat People a mere eight. The Ghost Ship is a 1943 American black-and-white psychological thriller film, with elements of mystery and horror, directed by Mark Robson, starring Richard Dix and featuring Russell Wade, Edith Barrett, Ben Bard and Edmund Glover, along with Skelton Knaggs. [10] The picture's final fight scene between the Finn, Pollo, and the mad Captain was shot on a dimly lit set to heighten the suspense and keep the audience from guessing who the victor might be, similar to the way Jacques Tourneur and Lewton had shot a similar scene in Cat People. With its leisurely pace, you start wondering where – or whether – it’s going. Instead, it creeps up on you. The lighting is also used to great advantage, the shadows and fog accenting the terror. But after a couple strange deaths of crew members, Merriam begins to think Stone is a psychopathic madman obsessed with authority. 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. [43], The set design, too, has been praised for being "suitably claustrophobic. ", Turner, George. As the two walk side-by-side, Winslow drops the captain's radiogram to the deck, and it is picked up by an illiterate crewman, Finn the Mute (Skelton Knaggs), whose internal monologues serve as a sort of one-man Greek chorus throughout the film. [19] Lewton disputed the claim, but the court ruled against him. The Ghost Ship (1943) 12/24/1943 (US) Thriller 1h 9m User Score. Then it starts to get you. Richard Dix is deeply disturbing as the seemingly friendly, yet power-mad captain of a freighter. The first officer talks to several other crew members, all of whom now begin questioning the captain's sanity. That's how he made The Ghost Ship. Everyone else seems to either not believe Merriam or dismisses what he tells them for fear of losing their jobs. The captain says "You know, there are captains who might hold this against you, Louie." Written by This changes when Radioman Winslow (Edmund Glover) receives a radiogram asking if Merriam is on board, and Captain Stone orders Winslow to lie, replying that Merriam is not aboard. Keep track of everything you watch; tell your friends. Use the HTML below. If that isn't enough worry, one of the people, a superstitious old peasant woman, suspects ... See full summary ». MYSTERY TERROR! [8][33] Bosley Crowther of The New York Times enjoyed the film, calling it "... a nice little package of morbidity, all wrapped around in gloom. "Chillmaster Classic Fright Movies Suggest Rather Than Show Evil. Radio, the title as stated, the 2002 film of the Val ’. Captain, will Stone ( Richard Dix is almost uniformly praised for bringing a depth of artistry usually! 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