THE OLD DARK HOUSE (1932)









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Brief Movie Synopsis [courtesy of Turner Classic Movies]:

A storm strands travelers in a
house full of dangerous eccentrics.






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"This 1932 James Whale classic is just perfect. .... All the elements
are here for a great scary flick: You've got a stormy night, several
stranded travelers, flickering lights, howling winds, an assortment
of unorthodox characters, and of course the 'old dark house'. ....
I especially enjoyed Ernest Thesiger's performance as the timid and
creepy (yet quite sensitive) Mr. Femm. This film has withstood the
test of time. It still holds up very well in the 21st century."

-- David Von Pein; August 2001







"The Old Dark House...had the advantage of being directed by James Whale, who again proves his ability in this direction. .... There is a wealth of talent in this production, such as Charles Laughton, Raymond Massey, Melvyn Douglas, Ernest Thesiger, Boris Karloff, Lillian Bond and Brember Wills.
Mr. Laughton...gives a splendid portrayal. Raymond Massey makes the most of the role of Waverton. Gloria Stuart is both clever and charming as Mrs. Waverton, Mr. Thesiger is very capable as Horace Femm and Eva Moore is distinctly fearsome as Rebecca Femm. Brember Wills, an English actor, went to Hollywood solely to act Saul Femm and his performance causes one to consider that his long journey was well worth while to the picture. Mr. Karloff is, of course, thoroughly in his element as Morgan. He leaves no stone unturned to make this character thoroughly disturbing."

-- Excerpt from The New York Times; October 28, 1932



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