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Roy William Neill
On a stormy night, a theatrical producer, his secretary, and playwright Prescott Ames are stranded when their car skids off the road and gets stuck. The three take refuge in the nearby home of Dr. Kent, a friend of Ames. One of Kent's patients, who is staying at the house, is acting strangely, and the others in the house tell the newcomers that she is behaving this way because it is the anniversary of her husband's murder. At dinner, the group begins exchanging accusations about the murder, when suddenly the lights go out, and soon afterwards comes the first in a series of mysterious and fearful events.Written by
Mr Ames was taking two men on a trip to his house during a storm. It was to show his passengers Mr Woods and his secretary Mr Erskine a play he had written. The car he was driving has problems and they have to get out and walk. Nearby there is a big house.
They make their way to the house and Mr Ames knows the people that own the house and some of the guest. One lady is the daughter of the owner of the house. She is Ames girlfriend. Throughout this movie the secretary Mr Erskine is funny, he is afraid of everything Many unexplained things happen in the house. A woman named Bernice talks to spirits. Supposedly Dr Kent is the lady's doctor. Bernice has mental problems. Later she comes out again has dinner and talks to a spirit.
Mr Woods finds and reads pages of the play in a manuscript in a bedroom. He realizes this was all a gimmick and this was the play Ames wrote. Woods starts to laugh and thinks it is a good play. Mr Ames admits that he hired these actors to act out his play in front of Woods but now Beatrice the one who talks to spirits is dead and then her body disappears.
Scary, funny and stupid. It turns out there are secret passages in the house. There is also a picture on the wall that has eyes that move. A guard comes to the house and tells the guest that a mental patient escaped nearby and he will stay in the house just in case the person goes there.
The villain captures 4 people who he intends to operate on in the house where the secret passages and rooms are. He intends to change their, nose, face, chin etc.
This movie is full of things that may or may not be part of Ames play but you get a few laughs out of it.
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