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The Love Boat

Love, ‘exciting and new,’ kept Aaron Spelling’s campy anthology series, The Love Boat, afloat for nine seasons. Featuring a myriad of guest stars – from legends like Helen Hayes (who was Vincent’s first-ever co-star on stage) to popular favourites like Charo – boarding the Pacific Princess, tales of romance played out and intertwined, even involving the ship’s crew. Spelling called it ‘a show for people who couldn’t afford a cruise.’

Ship of Ghouls

Sporting some fab winged collars and a nifty cravatte, Vincent Price was one of the guest stars for the show’s second season Halloween episode (which went out on 28 October 1978).

He plays renowned illusionist Wendell Mordan, who performs under the name of the Amazing Alonzo and who has been hired as the main entertainment on the ship. Joan Blondell is his fiancée Ramona (Joan Blondell), who turns to Captain Stubing for comfort when Alonzo continues to snub her in order to dazzle his female admirers.

Meanwhile, Doc and Gopher pursue a model (Barbara Anderson) who is afraid to face people after an accident left her disfigured; and a boy with a habit of lying can’t get anyone to help during a real time of need. Mary Ann Mobley and Gary Collins play his parents.

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5 thoughts on “Ship of Ghouls (1978) | When Vincent Price sailed The Love Boat

  1. Dear Curator;Why isn’t there a video of this episode of The Love Boat available on YouTube or the Dailymotion app or on your website? I can’t find the episode posted anywhere online, since I am such a big fan of Vincent Price, and I have been one since the 1970s. Please respond to my comments. Yours truly, Margaret Garnto

  2. Somebody finally posted the “Ship of Ghouls ” episode of The Love Boat on YouTube so that I can watch it on my playlist, and I hope that YouTube doesn’t delete it from my playlist or the app.

  3. Dear Curator; Every time someone posts the English language version of the Love Boat episode, “Ship of Ghouls”, YouTube deletes it in favor of the Spanish-dubbed version of that episode that they prefer to keep. I asked whoever posted that version of the the episode why our English language version was deleted three times in favor of El Crucero del Amor (The Love Cruise), but I never got a response back. I would rather buy a DVD of Season 2 of Love Boat so I can watch the episode anytime I want, for as long as I like. Yours truly, Margaret Garnto.

    1. Hi Margaret. It would be best to buy the DVD as there are copyright issues connected with uploading content to YouTube. However, you can watch the episode via DailyMotion, which I have added to this page. Thanks!

      1. Dear Curator; Thank you very much for your response to my comment. I keep forgetting about YouTube’s strict copyright laws and issues concerning the uploading of content of certain videos, including the “Ship of Ghouls ” episode of The Love Boat. I thought YouTube was keeping the Spanish dubbed version of the episode because a woman on the English language version said a slang word for donkeys that began with a “J”, that YouTube probably considered a bad word when she said how two other women were acting, so that was why YouTube preferred the Spanish version, El Crucero del Amor, instead of the English language version. I appreciate your posting of the Dailymotion video of “Ship of Ghouls “, and I will also buy the DVD of that episode because someday Dailymotion will remove that episode too, like it removed episodes of other shows that featured Vincent Price as a guest star, like the “Tiki Caves ” episode of The Brady Bunch, the “V is for Vampire” episode of F-Troop, and the “Black Magic” episode of The Bionic Woman. Thanks again for your response, and may God richly bless you and keep you safe. Yours truly, Margaret Garnto.

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