The Headless Ghost

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The Headless Ghost
Directed by Peter Graham Scott
Produced by Herman Cohen
James H. Nicholson
Samuel Z. Arkoff
Written by Kenneth Langtry
Herman Cohen
Based on original story by Langtry and Cohen
Starring Jack Allen
Music by Gerard Schurmann
Cinematography John Wiles
Distributed by American International Pictures (US)
Anglo-Amalgamated (UK)
Release date
  • June 1959 (1959-06)

The Headless Ghost is an 1959 British comedy horror film directed by Peter Graham Scott.


Some teenagers - two American exchange students and a Danish girl - visit an old English castle. They discover a ghost.


  • Richard Lyon - Bill
  • Liliane Sottane - Ingrid Joervets
  • David Rose - Ronnie
  • Jack Allen - The Live Earl of Ambrose
  • Clive Revill - The Ghost of the Fourth Earl of Ambrose
  • Alexander Archdale - The Ghost of Sir Randolph
  • John Stacy - Parker
  • Carl Bernard - Sgt. Grayson


Producer Herman Cohen was making Horrors of the Black Museum in England for AIP. James H. Nicholson from AIP requested a second film in order to make a double feature; it had to be made cheaply and in black and white. Cohen:

I told him I'd see what I could come up with. I started thinking, 'What the hell can I do?", and I thought maybe I should do a comedy. So Aben Kandel and I wrote this picture... I got great publicity for using Richard Lyon in one of the leads—Louella Parsons gave us a headline story—because he was Bebe Daniels and Ben Lyon's son, who was acting in London. I met him and he needed a job badly, so we hired him. We knocked out that picture very, very fast; that's why the running time is so short, like sixty-five minutes. The director, Peter Graham Scott, was a film editor in London who always wanted to direct, and I needed somebody to do a fast job under my guidance. In fact, we started Headless Ghost as I was still finishing Black Museum, editing and cutting it. But I honestly don't recall too much else about this picture, it was so bad.[1]

The film was shot at the same studio as Horror of the Black Museum with some additional location work at an actual castle.[1]


The film was released in the US on a double bill with Horrors of the Black Museum.[2] Cohen later admitted the film was unfunny and that he "never liked" it.[1]


  1. ^ a b c "Attack of the Monster Movie Makers: Herman Cohen, The London Years" By Tom Weaver,, Herman Cohen accessed 8 June 2014
  2. ^ Gary A. Smith, American International Pictures: The Golden Years, Bear Manor Media 2013 p 105

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