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This was Boris Karloff's first credited starring role. His name had been left off the Frankenstein (1931) publicity packages and only credited in the end credits of that film.
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In a 1988 interview Stuart recalled that Karloff ran up and down a flight of stairs to achieve the desired effect of being out of breath. She remarked that she would have just acted out-of-breath.
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For legal reasons, this film has never been syndicated to television.
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Although this was the only film with both Raymond Massey and Boris Karloff, Massey would go on to play Karloff's role in the film of "Arsenic and Old Lace" because the producers of the Broadway show, which was still running when the film was shot, wouldn't release Karloff.
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While most of the cast was dressed in English tweeds, Whale wanted Stuart to wear a pale pink satin dinner dress because he wanted her "to look like a beautiful flame" when Karloff chased her down the halls.
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This was the first American film of Charles Laughton from UK and Raymond Massey from Canada.
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The Old Dark House (1932) was withdrawn from circulation when the remake The Old Dark House (1963) by William Castle Productions was released.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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The father is played by Elspeth Dudgeon, a female.
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Gloria Stuart said in a 1988 interview that she and Melvyn Douglas were decidedly outnumber as the Englicast never once asked them to join them for their tea breaks. Despite this, she thought Karloff to be a very charming man.
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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.
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The rights to this film reverted to novelist J.B. Priestley after 25 years. The film was then purchased by Raymond Rohauer, whose company still owns it, administered by Douris Corp.
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This film was not included in the "Shock Theatre" package with the other Universal horror films.
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