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The Old Dark House


Boris Karloff, Melvyn Douglas, Charles Laughton, Lilian Bond View All


James Whale (Director), Benn W. Levy (Screenplay) View All

Release: Oct. 20th, 1932
Runtime: 1 hour, 12 minutes
Seeking shelter from a relentless rainstorm and landslides in a remote region of Wales, five travelers are admitted to a large foreboding old house that belongs to the extremely strange Femm family. Sepulchral Horace Femm and his obsessive, inhospitable sister Rebecca are the group's peculiar hosts. The house also holds surprises - and a brutish mute manservant named Morgan.
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This is a genre paradigm: conveniently placed thunder cues, shadows, howling wind, shadows, eccentric old folks, shadows, a mad butler, an old Gothic-y estate, flickering shadows, candle lighting, and the occasional emphasis on a shadow or two.


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