Ghost Ship (1943)

Ghost Ship


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RKO horror producer Val Lewton dished up seven reels of brooding psychological terror with The Ghost Ship. Richard Dix stars as the ship's captain, a tortured soul who teeters on the verge of madness. Seaman Russell Wade notices the captain's deterioration, but his warnings are dismissed by the crew. Captain Dix completely goes over the edge, sadistically playing a game of cat and mouse with the luckless Wade--and endangering the lives of everyone on board. While the viewer may notice that Ghost … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Horror, Mystery & Suspense
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Written By: Leo Mittler, Donald Henderson Clarke


as Captain Will Stone

as Tom Merriam, 3rd Off...

as Ellen Roberts

as Finn, The Mute

as Bowns

as Benson

as Raphael

as Roberts

as McCall

as Crew Member

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as Stenographer

as Chief Engineer

as Silhouette Girl

as Blind Beggar

as Silhouette Girl

as German Sailor

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as Carriage Driver
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Critic Reviews for Ghost Ship

All Critics (7) | 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.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | March 25, 2006
New York Times
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | August 8, 2002
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

A talky but fairly atmospheric effort, Ghost Ship is hampered by its low budget.

Full Review… | January 31, 2012
TV Guide's Movie Guide

It's almost noir in its pitting of an individual against a closed society.

Full Review… | October 22, 2009
Film Freak Central

... an impressive brooding psychological sea adventure story.

Full Review… | August 15, 2006
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Audience Reviews for 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 Verser

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

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

Super Reviewer

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