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Ghost Story Details


This 1981 John Irvin picture constitutes an adaptation of Peter Straub's colossal, bestselling novel. The central plot -- shared by both book and film -- revolves around the four elderly members of the Chowder Society (Fred Astaire, Melvyn Douglas, Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. and John Houseman), who gather in each other's drawing rooms each winter to sip cognac and spin elaborate ghost stories. The four men also share a dark secret far more unsettling than fiction -- a secret which has literally come back to haunt them, as well as their own adult offspring. Each man is visited by a hideous specter bearing the likeness of a young woman (Alice Krige) they accidentally killed 50 years ago when spurning her mischievous sexual advances. ~ Cavett Binion, Rovi


Fred Astaire
as Ricky Hawthorne
Melvyn Douglas
as John Jaffrey
Douglas Fairbanks, Jr.
as Edward Wanderley
John Houseman
as Sears James
Craig Wasson
as Don/David Wanderley
Alice Krige
as Alma/Eva
Jacqueline Brookes
as Milly
Miguel Fernandes
as Gregory Bate
Mark Chamberlin
as Young Jaffrey
Kurt Johnson
as Young Wanderley
Ken Olin
as Young James
Brad Sullivan
as Sheriff
Russell Bletzer
Guy Boyd
Robert Burr
Helena Carroll
Robin Curtis
Breon Gorman
James Greene
Patricia Neal
as Stella Hawthorne
Michael O'Neill
Deborah Offner
Patricia Neal
as Stella Hawthorne


John Irvin
Burt Weissbourd
Larry Cohen
Peter Straub
Book Author
Jack Cardiff
Philippe Sarde
Composer (Music Score)
Tom Rolf
Norman Newberry
Art Director
May Routh
Costume Designer
Albert J. Whitlock
Special Effects
Phil Bowles
First Assistant Director
Dan Kolsrud
First Assistant Director