IMDb > The Old Dark House (1963)
Quicklinks
Top Links
trailers and videosfull cast and crewtriviaofficial sitesmemorable quotes
Overview
main detailscombined detailsfull cast and crewcompany credits
Awards & Reviews
user reviewsexternal reviewsawardsuser ratingsparents guidemessage board
Plot & Quotes
plot summarysynopsisplot keywordsmemorable quotes
Did You Know?
triviagoofssoundtrack listingcrazy creditsalternate versionsmovie connectionsFAQ
Other Info
box office/businessrelease datesfilming locationstechnical specsliterature listingsNewsDesk
Promotional
taglines trailers and videos posters photo gallery
External Links
showtimesofficial sitesmiscellaneousphotographssound clipsvideo clips

The Old Dark House (1963) More at IMDbPro »


Overview

User Rating:
5.4/10   774 votes »
Your Rating:
Saving vote...
Deleting vote...
/10   (delete | history)
Sorry, there was a problem
MOVIEmeter: ?
Down 37% in popularity this week. See why on IMDbPro.
Director:
Writers:
Robert Dillon (screenplay)
J.B. Priestley (book)
Contact:
View company contact information for The Old Dark House on IMDbPro.
Release Date:
31 October 1963 (USA) See more »
Tagline:
READY! SET! LAUGH! Join the fun in a nut-house of terror! (movie poster) See more »
Plot:
An American who sells cars in England receives a mysterious invitation from an old, eccentric millionaire... See more » | Add synopsis »
Plot Keywords:
NewsDesk:
(7 articles)
Want to Buy the Actual 'Rocky Horror' House?
 (From FEARnet. 2 July 2013, 1:00 PM, PDT)

New on DVD This Week
 (From The Flickcast. 20 October 2009, 1:00 PM, PDT)

William Castle Film Collection Comes To DVD October 20th!
 (From Icons of Fright. 17 August 2009, 11:17 PM, PDT)

User Reviews:
The Old Dark House ready for return to television? See more (38 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)

Tom Poston ... Tom Penderel

Robert Morley ... Roderick Femm
Janette Scott ... Cecily Femm
Joyce Grenfell ... Agatha Femm
Mervyn Johns ... Potiphar Femm
Fenella Fielding ... Morgana Femm

Peter Bull ... Caspar Femm / Jasper Femm
Danny Green ... Morgan Femm
John Harvey ... Club Receptionist
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Charles Addams ... Hand in Title Sequence (uncredited)
Amy Dalby ... Gambler (uncredited)

Directed by
William Castle 
 
Writing credits
Robert Dillon (screenplay)

J.B. Priestley (book "The Old Dark House")

Produced by
William Castle .... producer
Dona Holloway .... associate producer (as Donna Holloway)
Anthony Hinds .... producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Benjamin Frankel 
 
Cinematography by
Arthur Grant (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
James Needs 
 
Production Design by
Bernard Robinson 
 
Makeup Department
Roy Ashton .... make-up artist
Frieda Steiger .... hair stylist
 
Production Management
John Draper .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Douglas Hermes .... assistant director
Dominic Fulford .... second assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Eric Hillier .... prop buyer (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Jim Groom .... sound editor (as James Groom)
Jock May .... sound recordist
 
Special Effects by
Les Bowie .... special effects
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Moray Grant .... camera operator
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Molly Arbuthnot .... wardrobe supervisor (as Molly Abbuthnot)
Rosemary Burrows .... wardrobe mistress
 
Editorial Department
James Needs .... supervising editor
 
Music Department
Benjamin Frankel .... conductor
 
Other crew
Charles Addams .... drawings: title backgrounds (as Chas Addams)
Pauline Harlow .... continuity (as Pauline Wise)
 
Crew believed to be complete


Production CompaniesDistributorsOther Companies

Additional Details

Also Known As:
Runtime:
USA:86 min | UK:77 min (original cinema release) (cut)
Country:
Language:
Color:
Black and White | Color (Eastmancolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound Recording)
Certification:
Finland:K-16 | Netherlands:14 (1964) | UK:A (original rating) (cut) | UK:PG (video rating) | USA:PG | USA:TV-PG | USA:Approved (original rating)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Boris Karloff, who played the sinister butler Morgan in The Old Dark House (1932), was offered a role in this one as well but turned it down because he didn't like the script and considered it too biased towards comedy instead of horror.See more »
Goofs:
Miscellaneous: In the opening credits, William Castle is credited as director twice: first "Written and directed by William Castle" followed immediately by "Directed by William Castle."See more »
Quotes:
Tom Penderel:You, uh... why, you must be very lonely. Well, I mean, uh, all alone...
Morgana Femm:Oh, you have no idea. Every night in this house, with just a whole family of Femms.
See more »
Movie Connections:

FAQ

Are there major differences between this, the novel and the 1932 film?
When was this made - 1962 or 1966?
Is The Old Dark House available on DVD?
See more »
18 out of 22 people found the following review useful.
The Old Dark House ready for return to television?, 17 August 2005
Author: noyb cutshall

The Old Dark House does not provide the gore and R-rated material seen in today's horror movies but it does reflect a more simple time when comedy and horror could be matched while maintaining a family rating.

As a child I saw The Old Dark House over one hundred times, I remember being on the edge of my chair during the entire movie every single sitting.If only the local television stations would be able to air this movie, a new generation of viewers could enjoy, The Old Dark House.

The film may be the last of the "old age" comedies that were popular during that time. Tom Poston does a good job of not only showing fear but does so in comedy style to allow us, the viewers, to use our imagination.

While The Old Dark House may not live up to today's standards, it was a "movie of the day" in 1963.

Was the above review useful to you?
See more (38 total) »

Message Boards

Discuss this movie with other users on IMDb message board for The Old Dark House (1963)
Recent Posts (updated daily)User
Why does Castle not mention this film at all? 35541m
Correct aspect ratio? Richy75
Now available On DVD in the U.K. PeterDawson
Hammer + Wm. Castle should equal a DVD release! onnanob2
The Old Dark House basebosox
On TCM Oct 20, 2009 02:30AM sam913
See more »

Recommendations

If you enjoyed this title, our database also recommends:
- - - - -
Casino Royale Murder by Death The Adventure of Sherlock Holmes' Smarter Brother Clue Sisters
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
Show more recommendations

Related Links

Full cast and crew Company credits External reviews
News articles IMDb Comedy section IMDb UK section

You may report errors and omissions on this page to the IMDb database managers. They will be examined and if approved will be included in a future update. Clicking the 'Edit page' button will take you through a step-by-step process.