The Mystery of the Marie Celeste (1935) is one of the early films from Hammer Film Productions and was directed by Denison Clift. It stars Béla Lugosi, Shirley Grey and Arthur Margetson.
The story is based on the history of the ship Mary Celeste. The ship was found floating near Portugal in 1872 without a crew. The film is an attempt at a rather unspectacular explanation of the events around the well-known spirit ship, without supernatural occurrences.
The U.S. version, called The Phantom Ship, is about 18 minutes shorter than the original, making the crew’s disappearance more mysterious than intended. This may be the only surviving version.
The Phantom Ship
Directed by Denison Clift
Produced by Henry Passmore
Written by Denison Clift, Charles Larkworthy
Starring Béla Lugosi
Cinematography Eric Cross, Geoffrey Faithfull
Edited by John Seabourne Sr.
Release dates 27 April 1935
Running time 80 minutes
Country United Kingdom