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The Ghost Ship1943

The Ghost Ship (1943)




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In this film, Richard Dix stars as a ship's captain, a tortured soul who teeters on the verge of madness. Seaman Russell Wade notices the captain's deterioration, but his warnings go unheeded. Captain Dix completely goes over the edge, sadistically playing a game of cat and mouse with Wade.

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Richard Dix
as Captain Will Stone
Russell Wade
as Tom Merriam, 3rd Officer
Edith Barrett
as Ellen Roberts
Skelton Knaggs
as Finn, The Mute
Ben Bard
as Bowns
Tom Burton
as Benson
Robert Bice
as Raphael
Boyd Davis
as Roberts
Harry Clay
as McCall
Russell Owen
as Crew Member
John Burford
as Crew Member
Eddie Borden
as Crew Member
Michael Lally
as Crew Member
Charles Regan
as Crew Member
Nolan Leary
as Stenographer
Herb Vigran
as Chief Engineer
Shirley O'Hara
as Silhouette Girl
Shirley O'Hara Krims
as Silhouette Girl
Alec Craig
as Blind Beggar
Bob Stevenson
as German Sailor
Charles Norton
as German Sailor
Norman Mayes
as Carriage Driver
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Critic Reviews for The Ghost Ship

All Critics (10) | Top Critics (3)

This Val Lewton production may not scale the heights of Cat People or I Walked with a Zombie, but it has its impressive moments.

June 24, 2006 | Full Review…
Top Critic

A nice little package of morbidity all wrapped around in gloom.

March 25, 2006 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

The least known, though far from least interesting, of producer Val Lewton's exemplary, poetic B-films.

August 8, 2002 | Full Review…

It may end a bit too abruptly, but it's 69 minutes of slowly mounting terror that constantly puts the audience's perception of reality in question - and Dix's brilliantly modulated performance keeps us guessing right to the end.

November 29, 2021 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Cross Mutiny On the Bounty with The Sea Wolf and add a dash of Moby Dick, and that's pretty much what you have here.

October 29, 2021 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

...a damning indictment of the corruption that power can provide...

February 20, 2021 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Ghost Ship

This is a strange confusing movie, which I'm not sure actually has any ghosts on the ship. There are so many "Ghost Ship" movies out there, it gets confusing.

Aj V
Aj V

Super Reviewer

Not a great movie. The title Ghost Ship kind of makes you think you're in for some atmospheric tale of the supernatural, right? WRONG! The Ghost Ship is just some metaphor for a life of lonliness at sea for a half-assed take on Mutiny on the Bounty. A few of the characters were colorful enough to keep my interest for a few minutes but this wasn't Val Lewton's crowning achievement. Its a quick watch if you feel you need to watch that entire Warner Bros Val Lewton set but nothing anyone should actively seek out.

Michael Gildea
Michael Gildea

Super Reviewer

This is actually a pretty good film when you think what year it was made. Nothing to scary, just a good old school B&W film,. The captain of the ship is crazy and the new third mate tries to prove it to the crew and they are not having much to do with it. Good Suspense its worth 3 1/2 stars

Bruce Bruce
Bruce Bruce

Super Reviewer

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