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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, eccentric millionaire... See more » | Add synopsis »
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User Reviews:
Not exactly good, but worth seeing... See more (40 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)
Aileen Lewis ... Casino Patron (uncredited)
Jim O'Brady ... Casino Patron (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
Wally Byatt .... focus puller (uncredited)
 
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)
Maureen White .... production secretary (uncredited)
 
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) | Sweden:15 | UK:A (original rating) (cut) | UK:PG (video rating) | USA:PG | USA:TV-PG | USA:Approved (original rating)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
The drawings in the title sequence were by Charles Addams, whose whole career was inspired by the 1932 version of The Old Dark House (1932) (of which this is a remake).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 »
Quotes:
Agatha Femm:[Knitting] I capture time and space in my stitches. Sometimes I wonder what would happen if I stopped.
Tom Penderel:Happen? To you?
Agatha Femm:No, no. To the world.
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9 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
Not exactly good, but worth seeing..., 8 October 2005
Author: silvrdal from OKC

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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Now available On DVD in the U.K. PeterDawson
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Correct aspect ratio? Richy75
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