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Director:
Writers:
Robert Dillon (screenplay)
J.B. Priestley (book)
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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, excentric millionaire... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Stalin dies, and a million fans of this film are born See more (37 total) »

Cast

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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)
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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


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Runtime:
USA:86 min | UK:77 min (original cinema release) (cut)
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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:
Audio/visual unsynchronized: When Jasper claims his mother "never spent a penny!", the dubbed word we hear is 'penny', yet the word he clearly says with his mouth is 'shilling', probably because American audiences would not understand what a 'shilling' is.See more »
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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful.
Stalin dies, and a million fans of this film are born, 25 February 2013
Author: TypoMonq from United States

Zotz!.. another William Castle and Tom Poston lighthearted dark adventure for all ages. Amusing quips and snappy banter abound. There are some plot contrivances (typically par for the Castle course). The Old Dark House would surely have been better suited for black and white film stock as the milieu is inherently sinister. That being said the full color palette does tend to heighten the humor elements of the story as Poston's pink puppy dog cheeks remind us of how sweet and naive a witless hero can be. However, the chromatic compromise confounds establishment of mood and thus character motivation. A third of the duration of the film passes prior to the formation of a real clue about the plot (which according to other reviewers holds little sway in the realm of fidelity to the original Priestly story or Whale film from the thirties). The staging/blocking and mobile framing are not constructed with any technical finesse or creative flair. I tend to find that Castle's best directing efforts are inspired by higher quality scripts he works with. For Castle, when the storytelling stammers his direction staggers and his authorial voice goes mute. There are shades of this crutch in The Old Dark House. Similar to Zotz!, Poston plays a character that reminds one of Leonid Gaidai's Shurik character - fumbling and bumbling through the simplest of tasks, getting himself into trouble way over his head, and gallantly dodging sexy, seductive women who throw themselves at him bosom to face. If you wanted to probe and plumb this film for some deeper value, try a psychoanalytic approach (either Freud or Lacan will do). Personally, I wouldn't bother... but you never know. As it stands, this is an amusing film that is best watched while doing something more important.

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