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The Ghost Ship (1943) was a Drama - Mystery Film directed by Mark Robson and produced by Val Lewton.

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The Ghost Ship (1943)

By Beatrice on Oct 4, 2014 From Flickers in Time

The Ghost Ship Directed by Mark Robson Written by Donald Henderson Clark from a story by Leo Mittler 1943/USA RKO Radio Pictures First viewing/Netflix rental In this Val Lewton production, instead of ghosts, we get the Boss from Hell. ?Being trapped with him turns out to be scarier than any gho... Read full article


The Ghost Ship (1943, Mark Robson)

on Nov 9, 2012 From The Stop Button

Although the title suggests otherwise, The Ghost Ship is not a supernatural thriller. It is, however, a very effective suspense picture. Russell Wade (in a sturdy lead performance) is a new officer. On his first ship out, he begins to suspect the captain–Richard Dix, who steadily gets creepier... Read full article


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RKO had built an expensive ship set for their 1938 production Pacific Liner. Val Lewton was given instructions to come up with a film that could use the still existing set.
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" was being developed. Although Lewton had the opportunity to settle out of court, he chose to have the case tried. Despite Lewton's claims that their manuscript was returned unread, the court ruled against Lewton and RKO (a decision upheld at appeal), and The Ghost Ship was withdrawn from circulation. It remained unavailable for viewing for the next 50 years.
When the Altair first takes off, the footage of the ship passing through the mist is lifted from King Kong.
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