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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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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 (supervising editor)
 
Production Design by
Bernard Robinson 
 
Makeup Department
Roy Ashton .... makeup artist
Frieda Steiger .... hair stylist
 
Production Management
John Draper .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Douglas Hermes .... assistant director
 
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
Pauline Harlow .... continuity (as Pauline Wise)
 
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Runtime:
USA:86 min
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Color:
Black and White | Color (Eastmancolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound Recording)
Certification:
Finland:K-16 | UK:A (original rating) | UK:PG (video rating) | USA:PG | USA:TV-PG | USA:Approved (original rating)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Although filmed with a color negative, the film was released in black-and-white.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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Are there major differences between this, the novel and the 1932 film?
When was this made - 1962 or 1966?
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9 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
Oranges and lemons..., 1 June 2008
Author: John Weybrew from San Francisco, California

Owing little to either James Whale's 1932 chiller, or to J.B. Priestly's original source novel, "Benighted", THE OLD DARK HOUSE is a small, off-beat and pleasantly daffy scare-comedy, a change-of-pace for director William Castle. Filmed and set in England, Tom Poston stars as a hapless American who, on a visit to a curious roommate's even curiouser family home, is caught up in a murderous merry-go-round of mayhem, nursery rhymes, love and (very possibly) the end of the world (including an Ark!). British stalwarts Robert Morley, Joyce Grenfell, Mervyn Johns, and Peter Bull have a charming good time playing the various members of the Femm family, along with Janette Scott and an unforgettably slinky Fenella Fielding as romantic interests. None of the usual Castle gimmicks for this release--just a bit of eccentricity and a pleasant, creepy, multi-murder mystery, with a puzzle to solve, a couple of surprises, and some good solid chuckles.

A note to fans of Charles Addams--the film's poster and its main titles contain some choice Addams artwork.

An additional note: the film was shot in color, but released in a very faintly tinted black-and-white version. The color version of the film was only seen on subsequent television release.

This movie really does deserve a DVD release, not only for its place in the William Castle canon, but for the performances and the fun.

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