Ghost Ship, The (1943)

The Ghost Ship (1943), produced by Val Lewton, directed by Mark Robson.

A new officer on a cargo ship begins to think the captain is murderously insane.

A minor effort that develops slowly, although the situation of being shunned and suspected in an isolated setting is kind of nightmarish. One nice touch is a mute seaman who is in a world of his own; he provides a private narration for the story.

The captain maintains that "authority cannot be questioned". If the crew goes along with that and he does whatever he wants without consequences, is he really insane?

One of their ports is San Sebastian, site of I Walked with a Zombie (1943). Not voodoo on display this time. No ghosts on the Ghost Ship.

This film was locked up for fifty years because of a legal dispute about the screenplay.

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