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Writers:
Evadne Price (play) and
Joan Roy Byford (play) ...
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Release Date:
5 August 1935 (UK) See more »
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Plot:
A lighthouse keeper has been murdered in mysterious circumstances and, during the ensuing investigation... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Ghostly goings on in the gloaming. See more (10 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)
Binnie Hale ... Alice Bright
Gordon Harker ... Sam Higgins
Donald Calthrop ... David Owen
Milton Rosmer ... Dr. Carey
Ian Hunter ... Jim Pearce
Herbert Lomas ... Claff Owen
Reginald Tate ... Tom Evans
Barry O'Neill ... Capt. Pearce
Mickey Brantford ... Bob Peters
Alice O'Day ... Mrs. Owen
Fewlass Llewellyn ... Griffith Owen
Edgar K. Bruce ... Sgt. Owen
Louie Emery ... Station Mistress
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Anthony Holles ... Mr. Mason (uncredited)
Ernest Jay ... Railway Worker (uncredited)
John Singer ... Cabin Boy (uncredited)

Directed by
Michael Powell 
 
Writing credits
Evadne Price (play "The Haunted Light") and
Joan Roy Byford (play "The Haunted Light")

Ralph Smart (scenario)

Joseph Jefferson Farjeon (dialogue) (as J. Jefferson Farjeon) &
Austin Melford (dialogue)

Produced by
Jerome Jackson .... associate producer
Michael Balcon .... producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Charles Williams (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
Roy Kellino 
 
Film Editing by
Derek N. Twist  (as D.N. Twist)
 
Art Direction by
Alex Vetchinsky  (as A. Vetchinsky)
 
Sound Department
A. Birch .... sound recordist
 
Music Department
Louis Levy .... musical director (uncredited)
 
Crew believed to be complete


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76 min
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Sound Mix:
Mono (British Acoustic)
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Trivia:
When Alice Bright (Binnie Hale) remarks that she had just been performing in a play, Sam Higgins (Gordon Harker) retorts, "East Lynne?" This is a reference to the oft produced play and movie of Mrs. Henry Wood's novel of the same name. "East Lynne" was enjoyed for its mad plot and frequently incomprehensible dialogue.See more »
Quotes:
Claff Owen:Opens the door with invisible hands and vanishes.
Sam Higgins:Don't be silly. How can you vanish if you're invisible? If you're invisible you're vanished before you've started.
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Fisherman's SongSee more »

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12 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
Ghostly goings on in the gloaming., 26 June 2000
Author: Neil-117 from Melbourne, Australia

There's a nice undercurrent of comedy running through this otherwise standard mystery story. Set in a "haunted" lighthouse on the supposedly lonely Welsh coast, there seems to be a remarkable crowd of characters bumping into each other at every turn. The plot starts out promisingly with much talk of ghostly terror, but settles into a rather lame and predictable conclusion.

The local Welsh villagers are mercilessly satirized as dim-witted, inbred provincials, in contrast with the smarty pants Londoners who've dropped in to sort out this here ghostly nonsense. An apparently nymphomanic young blonde with no relevance to the story other than removing various items of clothing as things progress, adds to the sly humour.

There's lots of excellent location cinematography of craggy Welsh rocks and crashing waves to provide a suitably moody background.

Taking all these elements together, I came away mildly entertained, although not mentally stimulated. Good late night fun.

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