The Old Dark House

1963

William Castle
Director
Hammer Films
Production Company

American gets invited to a family pile unaware he is related. Also unaware that an inheritance is involved.

Odd match up between Hammer Studios and American producer, William Castle, yields a horror film remake that's more Bob Hope than Boris Karloff. Tom Poston, alas, is no Bob Hope.

I thought this great fun as a kid though and the supporting cast are deliriously charming, notably Peter Bull and Joyce Grenfell.

-The Sloth

Given Bob Hope's output of the 1960s, it's probably a blessing he wasn't in this. As it is, slight but amusing. Could have been much livelier, though. One of Castle's gimmicks would have been welcome.

of note, this film was made in color, but released theatrically in B&W. The color version was not seen until the days of home video. Also, the British version was passed uncut with an 'X' rating in 1963, but not released until three years later, cut by nearly ten minutes with an 'A' rating. Odd, considering how tame the film is, even by 1963 standards.

-Dave W.


The Old Dark House
30th October 1963
Cinema

Not Rated

86 mins
1.85:1

The Old Dark House
16th September 1966
Cinema



77 mins
1.85:1

The Old Dark House
4th September 2012
DVD

Not Rated

86 mins
1.85:1



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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
Casper Femm
Peter Bull
Jasper Femm
Danny Green
Morgan Femm
John Harvey
Club Receptionist
Charles Addams
Hand in Title Sequence
Victor Harrington
Casino Patron
Fred Peck
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Jack Arrow
Casino Employee
Unknown Male 103
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Joyce Everson
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Unknown Male 78
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Unknown Male 30
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John Lynn
Croupier
Angela Kay
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Harry Phipps
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John Adams
Casino Employee
Unknown 14054
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Amy Dalby
Gambler
Jim Brady
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Aileen Lewis
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