Ghost of the China Sea

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Ghost of the China Sea
Directed by Fred F. Sears
Produced by Charles B. Griffith
Written by Charles B. Griffith
David Brian
Starring David Brian
Lynette Bernay
Norman Wright
Cinematography Gilbert Warrenton
Charles B. Griffith Productions
Distributed by Columbia Pictures
Release dates
  • 1958 (1958)
Running time
73 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $80,000[1]

Ghost of the China Sea is a 1958 film co-written by Charles B. Griffith set during World War II. It was the last movie directed by Fred F. Sears who died of a heart attack in 1957.


During World War II, Japanese troops over-run a sugar cane plantation in the Philippines. Some survivors take over a small boat called the USS Frankenstein and attempt to sail to safety.


  • David Brian as Martin French
  • Lynn Bernay as Justine Woolf
  • Jonathan Haze as Larry Peters
  • Norman Wright as Darby Edwards
  • Harry Chang as Hito Matsumo
  • Gene Bergman as Sabatio Trinidad
  • Kam Fong Chun as Pvt. Hakashima
  • Mel Prestige as Gaetano Gato
  • Jamie Del Rosario
  • Dan Taba as Capt. Zaikaku
  • Bud Pente as Col. McCutcheon


The film was the first of what was meant to be five movies made by Griffith for Columbia Pictures, but he ended up only making two - this and Forbidden Island.[2] Both were shot on location in Hawaii.


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