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House of Darkness (1948)

A young man visiting a house that turns out to be haunted is terrorized by the ghost of a man who had been murdered there years before.

Director:

Oswald Mitchell

Writers:

John Gilling (screenplay), Betty M. Davies (original story) (as Betty Davies)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Henry Oscar ... Film Director
Laurence Harvey ... Francis (as Lawrence Harvey)
Lesley Osmond Lesley Osmond ... Elaine
Alexander Archdale Alexander Archdale ... John
John Teed John Teed ... Noel
Grace Arnold ... Tessa
Pauline Winter Pauline Winter ... Maid
Charles Paton ... Solicitor's Clerk
John Stuart ... Crabtree
Sidney Monckton Sidney Monckton ... Dr. Graham
Lesley Brook Lesley Brook ... Lucy
George Melachrino George Melachrino ... George Melachrino
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A young man visiting a house that turns out to be haunted is terrorized by the ghost of a man who had been murdered there years before.

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Love and Hate Under One Roof!

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

October 1952 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Casa intunericului See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Laurence Harvey receives an 'Introducing' credit. See more »

Soundtracks

First Rhapsody
Composed and Conducted by George Melachrino
Played by The Melachrino Orchestra (as the Melachrino Orchestra)
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That damn violin-playing
16 February 2011 | by AAdaSCSee all my reviews

Conductor George Melachrino (playing himself) explains to film director Bob (Henry Oscar) how he came to write the piece of music that we hear at the beginning of the film. We go back in flashback to when he spent the night in a haunted house and heard music in the atmosphere from a forgotten time. We then go into another flashback and our main story which sees Francis (Laurence Harvey) do everything in his power to get control of the house. This includes the psychological torture of his two brothers. However, things come back to haunt him....literally....

It's a short psychological thriller with a spooky element. Is the ghost of John (Alexander Archdale) a figment of Francis's imagination? Or is there something supernatural going on? How did John's picture re-appear on the wall? The cast are good although Laurence Harvey is extremely unlikeable. I know he's meant to be but he is also slimy and creepy and he's got an annoying face that makes you want to punch it. Maybe he's slightly over-the-top. Still, it's an enjoyable film while it lasts. And it inspired a piece of music!


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