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Dark and Stormy Night (2009)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Mystery | 16 January 2009 (USA)
In the 1930s the family of old Sinas Cavinder, gathered for the reading of his will, find themselves being murdered by a mysterious phantom while two rival reporters compete for the story.


Larry Blamire


Larry Blamire (screenplay)




Credited cast:
Jim Beaver ... Jack Tugdon
Jennifer Blaire ... Billy Tuesday
Larry Blamire ... Ray Vestinhaus
Bob Burns ... Kogar the Gorilla
Dan Conroy ... Happy Codburn
Robert Deveau Robert Deveau ... Archie Folde
Bruce French ... Jeens
Betty Garrett ... Mrs. Hausenstout
Trish Geiger ... Jane Hovenham
Brian Howe ... Burling Famish, Jr.
Marvin Kaplan ... Gunny
James Karen ... Seyton Ethelquake
Alison Martin ... Mrs. Cupcupboard
Fay Masterson ... Sabasha Fanmoore
Susan McConnell Susan McConnell ... Thessaly


A strange and mysterious group of strange, mysterious people gathers in the old dark house of the Cavinder Estate for the reading of the will of the late Sinas Cavinder. Strangest and most mysterious of this group is the unseen psychopathic killer who is psychopathically killing the gatherees one by one. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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In a House, Everyone Can Hear You Scream


Comedy | Mystery


Not Rated

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When legendary gorilla actor Bob Burns mentioned to Larry Blamire that he'd always wanted to play one in an old-dark-house movie, Blamire promptly wrote one into the script for him to play. See more »


Thessaly: Aw, stuff it, you canary brained half nugget.
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Its dark heart is in the right place
9 November 2016 | by Mr-FusionSee all my reviews

It's not my favorite of Larry Blamire's output (just doesn't reach the heights of the Lost Skeleton" movies), but "Dark and Stormy Night" deserves credit for its loving homage to old-timey dark house movies. Varied cast of characters converge on a mansion for a reading of the will, people start dropping dead, you get the picture. Ensuing hijinks and all that. Except Agatha Christie was never so deranged. And she never had a gorilla showing up outta nowhere.

The movie gets to a point when new characters keep showing up, but it settles into a narrative rut. And with dialogue this crackling, it's kind of a shame the pacing doesn't match. But that's not the end of the world; the miniatures are delightfully cheap, the non-sequiturs are funny, and it's worth a look almost entirely for the breakneck repartee.


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Темная и бурная ночь See more »

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