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Writers:
Wilkie Collins (novel) and
Edward Dryhurst (scenario)
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Release Date:
1943 (USA) See more »
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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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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)
 
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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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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful.
Crimes at the Dark House, 18 January 2013
Author: skriknaton

This is a superbly wrought English melodrama featuring Tod Slaughter, Britain's one man horror factory. The story, as befits a tale based on a Wilkie Collins novel, is rich in complications, the atmosphere is filled with the same evil mirth as Slaughter's twisted laughter, and the whole thing is rapidly paced, with delicious dialog (by Maltby) and a refreshing outspokenness and brutality lacking in most similar offerings of the 1940's.

Apart from Grant the actors are first rate, even if none of them can compete with Slaughter's diabolical charisma. The brief running time (just over 65 minutes) makes Crimes at the Dark House whistle by, and the scenes that always slow down horror films of this era, that is to say the romantic interludes, occupy only a couple of minutes in this movie, added to which the romantic couple is played by the excellent Marriott and Wardwell. Splendid sets, the right kind of in-your-face horror movie music and a tongue placed firmly in cheek are factors that complete this entertaining production. The English knew what they were doing even before Hammer.

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