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Things Happen at Night (1948)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Horror | 3 November 1948 (UK)
A young girl finds herself possessed by the spirit of a mischievous demon.

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Alfred Drayton ...
Wilfred Prescott
Robertson Hare ...
Vincent Ebury
Gwynneth Vaughan ...
Audrey Prescott
Olga Lindo ...
Hilda Prescott
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Spenser
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Watson - the butler
Joan Young ...
Mrs. Venning - the cook
Beatrice Campbell ...
Joyce Prescott
Grace Denbeigh-Russell ...
Miss Hancock (as Grace Denbigh-Russell)
Judith Warden ...
Mrs. Fortescue
June Elvin ...
Mabel Minter
Knox Crichton ...
Nobby Ebury
Eric Micklewood ...
Robert Ebury
Charles Doe ...
Bill
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A young girl finds herself possessed by the spirit of a mischievous demon.

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Marilyn Williams appears in the credits as singer for "First of Forever." Neither she nor the song appear. See more »

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Version of The Poltergeist (1950) See more »

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First of Forever
Sung by Marilyn Williams
Music by George Melachrino (uncredited)
Lyrics by James Dyrenforth (uncredited)
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Poltergoost!
4 October 2013 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Things Happen At Night is directed by Francis Searle and adapted to screenplay by St. John Leigh Clowes from Frank Harvey's play The Poltergeist. It stars Gordon Harker, Alfred Drayton, Robertson Hare, Gwneth Vaughan, Olga Lindo, Wylie Watson and Gary Marsh. It's an Alliance Film Studio Production out of Twickenham and Southall Studios, with music by George Melachrino and cinematography by Leslie Rowson.

To be honest, it feels a lot earlier than 1947, 37 would probably sit right. It's one of those farce horror films that come off as an excuse for some tom foolery perpetrated by a bunch of actors enjoying themselves. The plot basically revolves around the strange goings on at Hilton Grange, where a number of characters gather, there's some guff about milk, an insurance investigation and an engagement. Poltergeist activity is rife, with coal and apples flung about the place, chest of drawers moved, vases hovering above heads and so on. Characters react in different ways, as you would expect, and as the mystery to the haunting draws ever closer, the makers ramp up the speed to deliver the coup de grace. It's all very harmless and wonderfully gay, if a touch irritating as well! 5/10


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