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The Old Dark House (1963)

The Old Dark House (1963)

The Old Dark House





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Tom Penderel (Tom Poston) is an American car salesman in England in this comedy thriller. He drives a new car purchased by a wealthy client to a haunted mansion. The dark and stormy night forces everyone to spend the night, and a series of murders befalls the unfortunate family members. Agatha Femm (Joyce Grenfell) is the compulsive-knitting dowager who is seemingly oblivious to what goes on around her. The flustered Tom is just as terrified of the two beautiful women who look him over as he is about being murdered. Janet Scott and Fenella Fielding provide the pulchritude as the man hungry vixens that try to get the worried salesman to tune their romantic engines.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Horror, Mystery & Suspense, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Robert Dillon
In Theaters:
Columbia Pictures


Tom Poston
as Tom Penderel
Robert Morley
as Roderick Femm
Joyce Grenfell
as Agatha Femm
Peter Bull
as Jasper Femm/Casper F...
Mervyn Johns
as Potiphar
Danny Green
as Morgan Femm
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Critic Reviews for The Old Dark House

All Critics (4) | Top Critics (1)

Full Review… | May 9, 2005
New York Times
Top Critic

Full Review… | June 5, 2004

Full Review… | May 26, 2006
Combustible Celluloid

Full Review… | October 16, 2003
Austin Chronicle

Audience Reviews for The Old Dark House

This is the usual murder mystery set in a big mansion with an unusual cast of characters in a strange family. It wasn't very scary or funny or anything, but it's mildly entertaining at least.

Aj V

Super Reviewer

This is a excellent remake of a 1932 film that then stared Boris Karloff, he was asked to come back for a role in this film but refused because the script read to much comedy. And that's what this is a comedy with a little horror One of William Castle's many films. The house itself from the outside reminds me of the housed used in the TV serial the Addams family. Tom Poston was over the top as a yo0ung sales man from NY in England to deliver an American Car. ends up at a haunted house with a crazy family. Very enjoyable 1960 film. 4 stars

Bruce Bruce

Super Reviewer


A remake -- but just barely -- of the classic James Whale horror comedy, this one doesn't come close in entertainment value. It's not scary, not funny, and it has Tom Poston as the handsome hero (?!?) all the girls want. It's a William Castle production so I wasn't expecting much, but still. This reminded me of a feature-length version of The Addams family TV show (could have been because Charles Addams did the animated intro), and as much as I enjoyed that show, this is not a compliment. I'm glad it was on TCM and that I hadn't paid real money to see it.,

Cindy I

Super Reviewer

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