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Phantom Ship (1935)

The Mystery of the Mary Celeste (original title)
Approved | | Drama, Horror, Mystery | 15 October 1936 (USA)
During a horrific storm at sea, the crew realizes that there is a murderer among them who is killing them off one by one.

Director:

Denison Clift

Writers:

Denison Clift (story), Charles Larkworthy (scenario)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Bela Lugosi ... Anton Lorenzen / A. Gottlieb
Shirley Grey ... Sarah Briggs
Arthur Margetson ... Capt. Benjamin Briggs
Edmund Willard Edmund Willard ... Toby Bilson
Dennis Hoey ... Tom Goodschild
George Mozart George Mozart ... Tommy Duggan
Johnnie Schofield Johnnie Schofield ... Peter Tooley
Gunner Moir Gunner Moir ... Ponta Katz
Ben Welden ... Boas 'Sailor' Hoffman
Clifford McLaglen Clifford McLaglen ... Capt. Jim Morehead
Bruce Gordon Bruce Gordon ... Olly Deveau
Gibson Gowland ... Andy Gilling
Terence de Marney ... Charlie Kaye (as Terrence de Marney)
Edgar Pierce Edgar Pierce ... Arian Harbens (as J. Edward Pierce)
Herbert Cameron Herbert Cameron ... Volkerk Grot
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Storyline

During a horrific storm at sea, the crew realizes that there is a murderer among them who is killing them off one by one.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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The Master of Mystery in a Masterpiece of Weird Thrills! See more »

Genres:

Drama | Horror | Mystery

Certificate:

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Details

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 October 1936 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Phantom Ship See more »

Filming Locations:

Falmouth, Cornwall, England, UK See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Hammer Films See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This film's earliest documented USA telecasts took place in Detroit Saturday 11 December 1948 on WJBK (Channel 2), in Cincinnati Friday 14 October 1949 on WKRC (Channel 11), and in Philadelphia Saturday 3 December 1949 on WCAU (Channel 10). See more »

Goofs

Sarah's sewing machine is a Singer Model 15, which was not introduced until 1895, long after the 1872 date of the story. See more »

Quotes

Anton Lorenzen: [when questioned at the helm, as to his whereabouts moments earlier] No, I never left the wheel; not for a moment.
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Crazy Credits

Opening cast list: "The famous 'Q' Ship "Mary B. Mitchell" as Mary Celeste." See more »

Alternate Versions

The U.S. distributor, Guaranteed Pictures Corporation, cut the movie down to 62 minutes and changed the title to "Phantom Ship". See more »

Connections

Referenced in She Creature (2001) See more »

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If the cat could only talk
14 September 2013 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

The famous legend of the Mary Celeste which set sail from New York harbor in 1872 and was found in the Atlantic adrift with no one on board is given a speculative tale in Phantom Ship. If the cat could only have talked he could have given witness to what really happened.

There has been all kinds of speculation and in such a situation your imagination can run wild. In the original Dr. Who series with William Hartnell as the Doctor the TARDIS lands on the Mary Celeste and finds that Daleks are busy slaughtering all.

In any event for the suspicious mind the presence of a black cat on the ship and a woman in the person of Shirley Grey, wife of Captain Arthur Margetson would violate two ancient taboos of the sea.

I'm not going to go into the plot, but the presence of Bela Lugosi in the cast would give you some indication as to who might be at the bottom of everything. Lugosi turns in a fine performance as a religious fanatic sailor who has a big grudge against the ship.

Phantom Ship is a must for fans of Bela Lugosi.


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