Ghost Ship (1943)

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.
Action & Adventure , Drama , Horror , Mystery & Suspense
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RKO Radio Pictures

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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
Edmund Glover
as Sparks
Tom Burton
as Benson
Steve Winston
as Ausman
Robert Bice
as Raphael
Paul Marion
as Peter
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 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 23, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | March 24, 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

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
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Audience Reviews for Ghost Ship


It's a neat little movie about a crazy ship captain (an always reliable character), and his new third officer who finds out the Captain kills disobedient crew members. Richard Dix is very good as Captain Stone, and the movie's strangest element comes from the mute sailor whose internal monologues provide some strange hints as to what's to come.

Jordan Towles
Jordan Towles

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

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