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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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James Whale: The Old Dark House (1932) and The Invisible Man (1933)

By 4 Star Film Fan on Jun 15, 2023 From 4 Star Films

The Old Dark House has a disarming levity that broadsided me at first. James Whale, the man who famously gave us Frankenstein, has all of his notable features with the tinges of horror on hand for another ghastly delight, and then he goes and pokes fun at the whole setup. Raymond Massey is instantly... Read full article


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


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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


Gladys DuCane: I know wind when I see it.


Horace Femm: The fact is, Morgan is an uncivilized brute. Sometimes he drinks heavily. A night like this will set him going and once he's drunk he's rather dangerous.


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This was the first American film of Charles Laughton and Raymond Massey.
The Old Dark House was withdrawn from circulation when the remake The Old Dark House by William Castle Productions was released. This film was considered to be lost until director Curtis Harrington discovered a printable negative.
For legal reasons, this film has never been syndicated to television.
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