Life Lessons from Movies

The Ghost Ship

In Drama, Movies on February 28, 2013 at 5:55 AM

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.

Life Lesson:

“Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.”

Lord Acton

Movie Scene:

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.”

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  1. Officer Merriam replies:

    “You can’t prove that to me, even with a gun, Captain. I know people aren’t that way. They’re good, kind. They help each other. It’s only hard to get them to understand.”

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