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The Old Dark House (1963)

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An American who sells cars in England receives a mysterious invitation from an old, excentric millionaire to visit his house in which he lives with his twin brother.

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Agatha Femm
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Morgana Femm
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Caspar Femm / Jasper Femm
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An American who sells cars in England receives a mysterious invitation from an old, excentric millionaire to visit his house in which he lives with his twin brother. Written by Volker Boehm

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camp | slapstick | spoof | remake | chase | See more »

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The Key to Spooks, Kooks, and Coffin Nooks... where the host with the most turns into a Ghost... and you... die...LAUGHING! (movie poster) See more »


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Release Date:

31 October 1963 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Velha Casa Assombrada  »

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(original cinema release) (cut)

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(RCA Sound Recording)

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The film was originally passed as an uncut 'X' by the BBFC in April 1963 and an accompanying poster produced, though for various reasons the film was not released in the UK until 1966. It was then passed with heavy cuts to remove some of the darker elements with an 'A' certificate and released in September 1966. The 1996 Encore video version (now rated PG) featured the original uncut print. See more »

Goofs

Many of Uncle Potiphar's animals are stuffed mounts, with the live "hyena" being an obvious wolf or dog. See more »

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User Reviews

 
Not exactly good, but worth seeing...
8 October 2005 | by (OKC) – See all my reviews

Hadn't expected the rigmarole I'd have to go through to snag this film on video, several years ago. I'd seen this two or three times as a child and reveled in the dark comedy of it. The plot is silly, but it's not nearly as important as the production itself.

The charming performances by the many delightful character actors are the highlights of "The Old Dark House" -- Robert Morely, Joyce Grenfell, Peter Bull. Who would ever think that Tom Poston would appear as the romantic (?!) hero of a movie, but there he is. And Oo, that Fenella Fielding! What a dish!

This film isn't for everyone, but I'll never forget it, and neither will you!


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