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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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good banter but too much banter not enough spooky lighthouse See more (10 total) »

Cast

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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)
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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)
 
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Runtime:
76 min
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1.37 : 1 See more »
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:He's a good boy when he is normal.
Sam Higgins:Ah, when he's normal. But he ain't normal. I mean, he has these come and go fits; when they come, somebody goes.
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0 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
good banter but too much banter not enough spooky lighthouse, 5 June 2010
Author: HEFILM from French Polynesia

First off there is a very nice DVD of this mixed with some other British Thrillers. Looks and sounds good. That's great because the movie isn't too gripping and would dissolve with any distractions. The movie is an odd mix of "silent" movie acting and a long set up that takes up way too much time. The welsh village is fun and interesting--there are other later British films that have this same kind of small village opener with a stranger appearing and a mystery being resolved. It's a formula that works more often than not. But the movie fails to really evoke much spookiness of the lighthouse itself. It's never interested in generating any suspense for very long. Usually there is some very brief suspense moment, and it's just to set up more comedy. The comedy is fairly funny but no real sense of danger is generated. No sense of the story moving forward. There are also touches from (then trend setting) Russian montage editing that seem kind of comical in an unintended way. As you'd expect from director Powell there are a few nice camera moves and some good location photography. A music score would have helped this film there is none at all, perhaps a cost saving element? Or just a wrong choice? There are things to enjoy here but you have to get over the 30's cliché elements of "flapper girl" and "spunky-male-reporter" and these are pretty creaky indeed. A movie that, perhaps in a very director Michael Powell way, flirts around with various quirky and occasionally unexpected ideas but doesn't commit to any of them enough to become a whole anything. Other reviews of it being an OK time killer are valid.

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