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Director:
Writers:
Wilkie Collins (novel) and
Edward Dryhurst (scenario)
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Release Date:
1943 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
A madman kills a man who has just inherited a large estate, then impersonates his victim to gain entrance to the estate so he can murder his enemies. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Vintage horror and genre historians on DVD
 (From Fangoria. 19 February 2009, 9:46 AM, PST)

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probably the best Tod Slaughter movie See more (20 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)
Tod Slaughter ... The False Sir Percival Glyde
Sylvia Marriott ... Laurie Fairlie / Anne Catherick
Hilary Eaves ... Marian Fairlie
Geoffrey Wardwell ... Paul Hartwright
Hay Petrie ... Dr. Isidor Fosco
Margaret Yarde ... Mrs. Bullen
Rita Grant ... Jessica, the Maid
David Horne ... Frederick Fairlie
Elsie Wagstaff ... Mrs. Catherick
David Keir ... Lawyer Mr. Merriman
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Grace Arnold ... Maid (uncredited)
Vincent Holman ... Asylum Doctor (uncredited)

Directed by
George King 
 
Writing credits
Wilkie Collins (novel "The Woman In White")

Edward Dryhurst  scenario
Frederick Hayward  adaptation
H.F. Maltby  dialogue

Produced by
George King .... producer
Odette King .... producer
 
Original Music by
Jack Beaver 
 
Cinematography by
Hone Glendinning  (as Hone Glendining)
 
Film Editing by
Jack Harris 
 
Production Design by
Bernard Robinson 
 
Production Management
Jack Martin .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Hal Mason .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
Harold V. King .... sound recordist (as Harold King)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Harry Rose .... camera operator
 
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Jack Beaver .... music supervisor (uncredited)
 

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69 min
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Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)

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Anachronisms: When Marian Fairlie sneezes, Sir Frederick Fairlie complains about her spreading germs. But the story is set in the 1850s, and the germ theory of disease would not be known to the public until the 1870s.See more »
Quotes:
The False Percival Glyde:[after tying a noose around his victim's neck] You always said, you were a teetotaler. You're going to have a nice drop, now!See more »
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8 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
probably the best Tod Slaughter movie, 11 December 2000
Author: todmichel (jcmichel1940@gmail.com) from Saint-Ouen, France

Crimes at the Dark House is really one of my all-time favorites. Not only it's the best adaptation of Wilkie Collins' The Woman in White (by far superior to the latter Hollywood version), but it's also the more perfect of the eight films produced/directed by George King with the great Tod Slaughter. This actor being one of my favorites, I like practically all of his movies, but the fact is that Crimes at the Dark House has better production values, witty dialogue, a better mobility of the camera, and wonderful actors, including the great Hay Petrie as the sinister Count Fosco, head of an insane asylum. The film has priceless value in keeping on film the performance of Slaughter, a really unique comedian, preserving one of his better characterizations. Sure, other titles like The Face at the Window, Sweeney Todd the Demon Barber of Fleet Street, The Crimes of Stephen Hawke, and others, must have their partisans - in fact anything with Tod Slaughter is of interest, but Crimes at the Dark House is MY choice. Curiously, did anybody noticed than the print of this movie has no credited director? the British sources (magazines, books, pressbook) credit George King generally, at least a big full-page color ad of the time credits David Macdonald, but the film itself has no director credit!

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