The Ghost Ship (1943) is a psychological drama directed by Mark Robson about Tom Merriam (Russell Wade), the 3rd Officer on a ship, the Altair, captained by Will Stone (Richard Dix), a man slowly going insane.
“Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.”
Captain Stone (holding a gun): “Authority cannot be questioned.”
Officer Merriam: “That’s crazy talk.”
Captain Stone: “ …Who’s crazy? You, who defied me and are helpless? Or I, who control your destiny and the destiny of the Altair and all the lives on board? … I’m Captain. As long as I wear these stripes, there isn’t a man in the crew that will believe you or help you. You’ll find them too lazy, too cowardly, too disinterested. That’s what I want you to learn Merriam. Men are worthless cattle, and a few men are given authority to drive them.”
- The Ghost Ship (1943) (hqofk.wordpress.com)