The legendary Berwyn/Chicago-based horror/mystery film host will present his big broadcast premiere of “The Old Dark House” (1963), this Sat., Jan. 18 at 8 p.m. Eastern/7 p.m. Central on Me-TV. The 1963 Columbia-Hammer horror/mystery/comedy feature masterpiece was directed by veteran director William Castle.
Some of Castle’s famous classic screen macabre masterpiece thrillers include “House on Haunted Hill” (1959, with Vincent Price), “The Tingler” (1959, w/Price), “Homicidal” (1961, with Glenn Corbett), “Strait-Jacket” (1964, with Joan Crawford), “The Night Walker” (1964, with Barbara Stanwyck and Robert Taylor) and “I Saw What You Did” (1965, w/Crawford).
Castle’s 1963 Columbia/Hammer classic horror/mystery/comedy masterpiece was adapted for the silver screen from J.B. Priestley’s novel. Veteran screenwriter Robert Dillon wrote the 1963 screenplay adaptation of Priestley’s story.
31 years before Castle’s 1963 Columbia/Hammer production, veteran director James Whale directed his own adaptation of J. B. Priestley’s “The Old Dark House” (1932) for Universal Studios with Boris Karloff, Lilian Bond, Melvyn Douglas, Charles Laughton, Gloria Stuart and Raymond Massey. According to the British Film Institute, Priestley’s novel that inspired “The Old Dark House” was originally published under the title of “Benighted.”
Who was in William Castle’s “The Old Dark House” (1963)?
The players who appeared in William Castle’s 1963 Columbia/Hammer adaptation of “The Old Dark House” were Tom Poston (as Tom Penderel), Janette Scott (as Cecily Femm), Robert Morley (as Roderick Femm), Joyce Grenfell (as Agatha Femm), Mervyn Johns (as Potiphar Femm), Fenella Fielding (as Morgana Femm), Peter Bull (in the dual roles of Caspar Femm and Jasper Femm), Danny Green (as Morgan Femm) and John Harvey (as a club receptionist).