The Old Dark House (1932)

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The Old Dark House

Mervyn Douglas / Gloria Stuart / Ernest Thesiger / Eva Moore / Charles Laughton / Raymond Massey / Lillian Bond / Boris Karloff / Elspeth Dudgeon / Brember Wills / Based on the story ‘Benighted’ by J.B. Priestly / Screenplay / Benn W. Levy / Make-up Otto Lederer / Art Dept. Charles D. Hall / Set Design Russell A. Gausman / Editor Clarence Kolster / Producer Carl Laemmle Jr. / Director James Whale


Gloria Stuart as Margaret Waverton / Eva Moore as Rebecca Femm


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Margaret Waverton ‘It’s a dreadful night..’

Rebecca Femm I’ll have none of this electric light.. I’ll not have it. My sister Rachael had this room once. She died when she was twenty-one.. she was a wicked one. Handsome, and wild as a hawk.. all the young men used to follow her about..’

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Rebecca Femm‘..with her red lips.. and her big eyes.. and her white neck.. but that didn’t save her! She fell off of her horse, hunting.. hurt her spine. On this bed she lay.. month after month.. many’s the time I’ve listen to her screaming..’

Margaret Waverton ‘How dreadful..’

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Rebecca Femm ‘She used to cry out to me.. to kill her.. but I’d tell her to turn to the Lord. But, she didn’t. She was godless to the last..’

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Margaret Waverton‘Well.. I’d better change my wet things..’

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Rebecca Femm They were all godless here. They used to bring their women here.. brazen, lolling creatures in silks and satins.. they filled the house with laughter and sin.. LAUGHTER AND SIN! If I ever went down among them, my own father and brothers.. they would tell ‘me’ to go away and pray. They wouldn’t tell Rachael to go away and prey. Ha! And I prayed, and left them with their reddened and lusted white women.’

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Rebecca Femm – ‘My father’s still alive.. he’s upstairs. He’s very old..’

Margaret Waverton ‘Oh, is he?’

Rebecca Femm ‘He’s a hundred and two.’

Margaret Waverton ‘That’s very old, isn’t it?’

Rebecca Femm ‘He’s a wicked blasphemous old man!’

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Rebecca Femm You’re handsome too.. young and wicked. You think of nothing but your long, straight legs, and your white body.. and how to please your man.. you revel in the joys of fleshly love.. don’t you? That’s fine stuff..’

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Rebecca Femm ‘That’s finer stuff, still..’

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Rebecca Femm ‘..but it’ll rot too.. in time.’

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Margaret Waverton ‘Don’t! How dare you!

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Rebecca Femm (voice echoes) ‘..silks and satins.. laughter and sin..’

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4 comments on “The Old Dark House (1932)

  1. […] Whale directs Gloria Stuart in The Old Dark House. […]

  2. Nausicaa says:

    Lovely, stunning!

  3. jenny says:

    This is an under-rated horror movie. Gorgeous screen caps. Thanks. Just found your blog. I’m adding it to my blogroll. Nice stuff.

  4. Wow — superb! Thanks for taking the time to recreate this superb moment in old dark house horror history. You can really feel the existential dread…

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