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Noble-born cad Denis (Stapley) has been tricked into a forced stay at the eerie manor of the Sire de Maletroit (Laughton), an evil madman who can't get over the death of his beloved, twenty years after she married his brother (Cavanagh) instead and subsequently passed away during childbirth. Maletroit is determined to have his revenge: the brother has been stowed away in the dungeon for two decades, while he's convinced his disreputable house guest will make a suitably hellish husband for his niece. As luck would have it, the young couple manage to fall in love, and with the help of manservant Voltan (Karloff), they try to make their escape, but not before a final confrontation with Maletroit in the dungeon's crushing deathtrap. Written by
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Charles Laughton stars as evil Sir De Maletroit, who invites reputed cad Dennis(played by Richard Stapley) to his manor home with the intention that he marry his niece Blanche(played by Sally Forest) He seeks revenge against his brother Edmond(imprisoned in his dungeons) because he dared marry the woman he loved. The plan goes awry when Dennis and Blanche unexpectedly fall in love, and are aided by his servant Voltan(played by Boris Karloff) to escape, but of course it wont be as simple as that. Not bad thriller is adequately directed by future TV director Joseph Pevney, who creates some atmosphere, but wastes Karloff in such a small role, and Laughton is quite hammy here. Story is OK but unexceptional in this mostly mediocre film, worth a watch on a rainy day at least!
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