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The Old Dark House (1932) was a Comedy - Horror Film directed by James Whale and produced by Carl Laemmle Jr. and E.M. Asher.

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Classic Films in Focus: THE OLD DARK HOUSE (1932)

By Jennifer Garlen on Sep 4, 2019 From Virtual Virago

Of course it's a dark and stormy night when Raymond Massey, Gloria Stuart, and Melvyn Douglas stumble into a strange old house whose occupants are even more menacing than the raging floods outside, and director James Whale milks the atmosphere for all it's worth in this delightfully dire horror come... Read full article


THE OLD DARK HOUSE (1932)--Restored, And On Blu-ray

By Dan Day Jr. on Oct 30, 2017 From The Hitless Wonder Movie Blog

I've been looking forward to the Cohen Film Collection's Blu-ray of the newly restored THE OLD DARK HOUSE, and now that I've viewed it, I can say that it lives up to all my expectations. It is a magnificent restoration, and I'm not exaggerating in saying that watching it is like seeing the film for ... Read full article


The Old Dark House: "It's not good to be frightened on an empty tummy"

By Rick29 on Oct 26, 2016 From Classic Film & TV Cafe

Fenella Fielding and Tom Poston. William Castle's 1963 adaptation of J.B. Priestley's novel Benighted has little to do with the book or James Whales' 1932 film version. Screenwriter Robert Dillon jettisons the original premise of a group of travelers forced to spend the night in the ancestral home ... Read full article


The Old Dark House: "It's not good to be frightened on an empty tummy"

By Rick29 on Oct 26, 2016 From Classic Film & TV Cafe

Fenella Fielding and Tom Poston. William Castle's 1963 adaptation of J.B. Priestley's novel Benighted has little to do with the book or James Whales' 1932 film version. Screenwriter Robert Dillon jettisons the original premise of a group of travelers forced to spend the night in the ancestral home ... Read full article


The Old Dark House (1932)

on Oct 25, 2015 From Journeys in Classic Film

We return back to the era of the old dark house story….by reviewing James Whale’s The Old Dark House. Made a year after Whale and star Boris Karloff were launched into popular consciousness with Frankenstein, this plays like old home week for those who have watched horror films, especial... Read full article


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Quotes from

Horace Femm: [picking up a bunch of flowers] My sister was on the point of arranging these flowers.
[He tosses them into the fire]


Margaret Waverton: Well, I know what I'm going to do. That is if Miss Femm will let me.
Rebecca Femm: What?
Margaret Waverton: I'm dreadfully wet and I'd be so glad if I could go and change my clothes.
Margaret Waverton: What?
Rebecca Femm: I wondered if I might go and change my things.
Margaret Waverton: You look wet. You'd better go and change your things.


Horace Femm: We make our own electric light here, and we are not very good at it. Pray, don't be alarmed if they go out altogether


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Facts about

According to modern sources, Melvyn Douglas replaced Russell Hopton for the role of Roger Penderel and Raymond Massey replaced Walter Byron for the role of Philip Waverton.
This was the first American film of Charles Laughton and Raymond Massey.
The father is played by Elspeth Dudgeon, a female.
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Also directed by James Whale




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