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The House in Nightmare Park (1973)

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In 1907, an actor is invited to perform in an isolated country house, and becomes involved in mysterious and dangerous events.

Director:

Peter Sykes

Writers:

Clive Exton (original screenplay), Terry Nation (original screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Frankie Howerd ... Foster Twelvetrees
Ray Milland ... Stewart Henderson
Hugh Burden ... Reggie Henderson
Kenneth Griffith Kenneth Griffith ... Ernest Henderson
John Bennett ... Patel
Rosalie Crutchley ... Jessica Henderson
Ruth Dunning Ruth Dunning ... Agnes Henderson
Elizabeth MacLennan Elizabeth MacLennan ... Verity Henderson
Aimée Delamain ... Mother
Peter Munt Peter Munt ... Cabbie
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Storyline

In 1907, an actor is invited to perform in an isolated country house, and becomes involved in mysterious and dangerous events.

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Taglines:

Ladies and Gentlemen - For You Horrification - Don't See It Alone - Bring The Children


Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

September 1977 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Crazy House See more »

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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Some of the names of the famous authors that Foster Twelvetrees (Frankie Howerd) recited were from the works of Charles Dickens, William Shakespeare and Fyodor Dostoevsky. See more »

Goofs

After Ray Milland invites Frankie to a reading for the family, Frankie enters a room with the family waiting for him. Shortly afterwards, the daughter leaves the room and the shot shows her in the process of closing the door behind her. Frankie then leaves the room to go to her and the door is wide open. See more »

Quotes

Foster Twelvetrees: Do I play the piano? Does Paganini play the trumpet?
Verity Henderson: Do you play by ear?
Foster Twelvetrees: No, I'm going to use my fingers.
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Soundtracks

Dance of the Dolls
(uncredited)
Music by Harry Robertson
Lyrics by Clive Exton and Terry Nation
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Howerd's not quite Bob Hope, but .......
15 January 2007 | by iwan_williamsSee all my reviews

I have seen this film, or movie if you prefer, on a couple of occasions and found it very entertaining.

Critics of the film have over the years said it would have been so much better with Bob Hope in the lead role, but this is surely the kind of role that Hope, albeit very effectively, played to excess through his career? so its nice to see another actor have a stab at a 'Hope-esque' role.

Howerd breezes through the film delivering his lines with a 'poker' face, as only he could, and seems to be rather enjoying the experience. I would say that this is one of his more engaging performances.

Some scenes are superbly weird, especially the family's 'living marionette' act, at the end of which Howerd asks in his memorable diction "I wonder what they do for an encore?"

Watching this film is a very passable way of spending a couple of hours!


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