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The Old Dark House (1932)
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The Old Dark House (1932) Seeking shelter from a pounding rainstorm in a remote region of Wales, several travellers are admitted to a gloomy, foreboding mansion belonging to the extremely strange Femm family. Trying to make the best of it, the guests must deal with their sepulchral host, Horace Femm and his obsessive, malevolent sister Rebecca. Things get worse as the brutish manservant Morgan gets drunk, runs amuck and releases the long pent-up brother Saul, a psychotic pyromaniac who gleefully tries to destroy the residence by setting it on fire.

Movie Tagline:
Beware the night!

Title: Old Dark House, The
Release Date: October 20, 1932
Runtime: 72 mins
Genre: Drama
All Genres: Drama, Horror, Thriller
Languages: English
Country: USA
Colors: Black and White
Sound: Mono
IMDB Rating: 7.4
Buried.com Rating: 8.4 - (Rate This Horror Movie at Buried.com)
Category: Horror Movies Starting With O

MPAA Rating: TV-G

James Whale

Boris Karloff ...Morgan (as Karloff)
Melvyn Douglas ...Roger Penderel
Charles Laughton ...Sir William Porterhouse
Lilian Bond ...Gladys DuCane Perkins (as Lillian Bond)
Ernest Thesiger ...Horace Femm
Eva Moore ...Rebecca Femm
Raymond Massey ...Philip Waverton
Gloria Stuart ...Margaret Waverton
Elspeth Dudgeon ...Sir Roderick Femm (as John Dudgeon)
Brember Wills ...Saul Femm

Carl Laemmle Jr.
E.M. Asher

J.B. Priestley
Benn W. Levy
R.C. Sherriff

David Broekman

Movie Soundtrack(s):
"Singin' in the Rain"

More Movie Taglines:
  • Beware the night!
Movie Quote(s):
  • Rebecca Femm: They were all godless here. They used to bring their women here - brazen, lolling creatures in silks and satins. They filled the house with laughter and sin, laughter and sin. And if I ever went down among them, my own father and brothers - they would tell me to go away and pray, and I prayed - and left them with their lustful red and white women.
  • 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.
  • Horace Femm: It's only gin, you know. Only gin. I like gin.
  • [repeated line] Horace Femm: Have a potato.
  • Sir William Porterhouse: Oh, nothing like roast beef when a man's hungry. [sings] Sir William Porterhouse: Oh, the roast beef of Old England... how does that go? Do you remember that Mr Waverton or was that before your time? Philip Waverton: Penderel's our song expert. Sir William Porterhouse: Oh, so you're musical, are you? Well, I've got a bit of a good ear myself... Horace Femm: [knocking loudly on the table] Have a potato!
Movie Trivia:
  • The father is played by Elspeth Dudgeon, a female.
  • This film was not included in the "Shock Theatre" package with the other Universal horror films.
  • This was Charles Laughton's first American film.
  • 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 film was withdrawn from circulation when the remade version in 1963 by William Castle Productions was released. This film was considered to be lost until director Curtis Harrington discovered a printable negative.
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