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17 February 1959 (USA) See more »
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A millionaire offers $10,000 to five people who agree to be locked in a large, spooky, rented house overnight with him and his wife. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Directed by
William Castle 
Writing credits
Robb White (written by)

Produced by
William Castle .... producer
Robb White .... associate producer
Original Music by
Von Dexter 
Cinematography by
Carl E. Guthrie (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Roy V. Livingston  (as Roy Livingston)
Art Direction by
Dave Milton  (as David Milton)
Set Decoration by
Morris Hoffman 
Makeup Department
Jack Dusick .... makeup artist
Gale McGarry .... hair stylist
Production Management
Edward Morey Jr. .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jack R. Berne .... assistant director
Art Department
Ted Mossman .... property (as Teddy Mossman)
James West .... construction supervisor
Sound Department
Ralph Butler .... sound recording engineer
Charles G. Schelling .... sound editor (as Charles Schelling)
Special Effects by
Herman E. Townsley .... special effects (as Herman Townsley)
Daniel Hays .... special effects technician (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Bernie Schwartz .... grip
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Norah Sharpe .... wardrobe: ladies
Roger J. Weinberg .... wardrobe: men
Music Department
Von Dexter .... conductor
Jerry Irvin .... music editor
Other crew
Virginia Mazzuca .... set continuity
Reynold Brown .... movie poster art (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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75 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
Argentina:13 | Australia:PG | Australia:M (DVD rating) | Australia:SOA (original rating) | Canada:PG (Manitoba/Ontario) | Canada:G (Quebec) | Finland:K-18 (2007) | Finland:(Banned) (1963) | Netherlands:18 (original rating) (1959) | Norway:16 (1960) | Sweden:15 | UK:X (original rating) | UK:12 (video rating) (2003) | USA:Unrated | USA:Approved (certificate #19166) | West Germany:18

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The Ennis Brown House in Los Angeles, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright and built in 1924, and now listed on the National Register of Historic Places, was used for the exterior shots of the haunted house during the film's opening sequence.See more »
Revealing mistakes: Recognizably the following was intended to be a spooky special effect, but delivered rather awkwardly... Annabelle had faked her hanging death to fool her husband and the guests, and to obviously scare Nora to the point of hysteria. Which explains why "ghost" Annabel 'floats' to Nora's window, but doesn't materialize inside the room, as an actual ghost would. However, that sequence does not explain how the rope managed to creep through the window and *wrap* itself around Nora's ankles, and then retract out the window again. It may have worked better, if the rope had physically pulled on Nora's ankles, leaving her screaming as she grabbed onto to something, and then simply retracted back out the window again.See more »
Frederick Loren:Don't let the ghosts and the ghouls disturb you, love.
Annabelle Loren:Darling, the only ghoul in the house is you!
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37 out of 47 people found the following review useful.
It really was his wife's party., 28 March 2004
Author: Aaron1375

This movie is a very good tale of a house that may or may not be haunted. This version is better than the newer one, mainly because Vincent Price is so good here, much better than anyone in the new version made in 1999. It is also relatively short and goes by quickly. This movie has some of the same plot elements of the one from 1999, but thankfully the ending to this one is a lot better. I really enjoyed it, as I was hoping the one character would come out on top. This one is about a party being held in an old house that is supposed to be haunted. The people were invited by Price's character and offered $10,000 dollars if they were to stay the entire night. There is tension between Price's character and his wife, there is a girl who is very nervous and wants to leave immediately, and then there is the doctor who does not believe in ghosts. There are three others as well who are invited to stay the night. During the night strange things happen as one of the guests is murdered and there seems to be supernatural things happening. A very well done movie that for me ended perfectly.

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