Ghost Ship (1952 film)

Ghost Ship is a 1952 British thriller film directed by Vernon Sewell and written by Vernon Sewell and Philip Thornton. Despite the same titles, the 2002 film of the same title is not considered a remake of this film.[1] This was one of four attempts by Vernon Sewell to adapt and film an obscure Pierre Mills and Celia de Vilyars Grand Guignol stage play, called 'L'Angoisse'.[2]

Ghost Ship
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Directed byVernon Sewell
Produced byVernon Sewell (uncredited)
Nat Cohen
Stuart Levy
Written byVernon Sewell
Philip Thornton (additional dialogue)
Based onplay L'Angoisse by Celia de Vilyars and Pierre Mills
StarringHazel Court
Dermot Walsh
Hugh Burden
Music byEric Spear
CinematographyStanley Grant
Edited byFrancis Beiber
Vernon Sewell Productions
Distributed byAnglo-Amalgamated Film Distributors
Lippert Pictures (US)
Release date
October 1952
12 June 1953 (US)
Running time
74 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom


A newlywed couple decide to buy an old yacht "The Cyclops", and fix it up as their home. Soon after the purchase they begin to hear rumours about the ship's dark past. At first they do not believe the rumours; that is, until they start to experience some unexplained ghostly events for themselves. They then hire paranormal investigator, Dr. Fawcett (Hugh Burden) and his medium, Mrs. Manley (Mignon O'Doherty) to determine whether there are ghosts on the ship. The paranormal investigator uncovers the murders of the former yacht owner's wife and her lover. He also discovers that the bodies were hidden somewhere on board the yacht. The medium spiritually intervenes and rids the yacht of the haunting spirit.



The film received partial funding from Anglo-Amalgamated. It starred real life husband and wife team of Dermot Walsh and Hazel Court. Most filming took place in Merton Park Studios with exteriors shot on the director's own yacht, Gelert in the English Channel.[3] The film features Ian Carmichael, briefly, as a drunken guest, in an early film role. It includes some limited shots of Shoreham Harbour canal, West Sussex, Lady Bee Marina.

Critical reception

TV Guide called the film a "talky but fairly atmospheric effort...hampered by its low budget." [4]


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  3. John Hamilton, The British Independent Horror Film 1951-70 Hemlock Books 2013 p 21-23
  4. "Ghost Ship Review". Retrieved 18 April 2014.
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