The Ghost (1963)

The Ghost (Lo spettro)
Directed by Riccardo Freda
Written by Oreste Biancole and Riccardo Freda
1963/Italy
Panda Societa per L’Industria Cinematografica
First viewing/Amazon Prime

 

“Now I know what a ghost is. Unfinished business, that’s what.” ― Salman Rushdie, The Satanic Verses

This is a solid ghost story but not outstanding in any way.

Scientist Dr. John Hitchcock is confined to a wheelchair.  His only remaining interest is exploring the borderland between life and death through seances.  “Friend” Dr. Charles Baldwin is experimenting on the use of a poison and antidote to stimulate John’s crippled limbs.  Charles is having an affair with John’s young wife Margaret (Barbara Steele).  The two execute a plan to murder John for the treasure he has hidden.  But before long they are wondering whether John has come back from the grave to haunt them.

This is OK.  It’s always fun to watch Barbara Steele.

Trailer – color is much more vivid on Amazon

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