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Crimes at the Dark House (1940)

Not Rated | | Drama | 1943 (USA)
A madman kills a man who has just inherited a large estate, then impersonates his victim to gain entrance to the estate so he can murder his enemies.

Director:

George King

Writers:

Wilkie Collins (novel), Frederick Hayward (adaptation) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Tod Slaughter Tod Slaughter ... The False Sir Percival Glyde
Sylvia Marriott ... Laurie Fairlie / Anne Catherick
Hilary Eaves Hilary Eaves ... Marian Fairlie
Geoffrey Wardwell Geoffrey Wardwell ... Paul Hartwright
Hay Petrie ... Dr. Isidor Fosco
Margaret Yarde Margaret Yarde ... Mrs. Bullen
Rita Grant Rita Grant ... Jessica
David Horne ... Frederick Fairlie
Elsie Wagstaff ... Mrs. Catherick
David Keir David Keir ... Mr. Merriman
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Storyline

A madman murders Sir Percival Glyde. Taking on his victim's identity, the man returns to the Glyde ancestral home, Blackwater Park, in hopes of claiming a large inheritance. However, the estate is heavily in debt. Still hungry for wealth, the false "Glyde" takes advantage of a long-standing betrothal promise to marry young and beautiful heiress Laurie Fairlie. Having his true identity revealed could ruin everything, but this lascivious and diabolical "Glyde" is more than willing to kill anyone who stands in his way... This story is loosely based on Wilkie Collins's The Woman in White. Written by L. Hamre

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Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated
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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

1943 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Преступления в тёмном доме See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Very loosely based on the 1859 novel "The Woman in White" by Wilkie Collins. See more »

Goofs

When Marian Fairlie sneezes, Sir Frederick Fairlie complains about her spreading germs. But the story is set in the 1850s, and the germ theory of disease would not be known to the public until the 1870s. See more »

Quotes

The False Percival Glyde: What are you waiting for? Go on, find her!
Dr. Isidor Fosco: What? Like this? But I haven't got my trousers on.
The False Percival Glyde: Curse your trousers! Curse you! Oh, curse everything!
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Connections

Version of The Woman in White (1966) See more »

Soundtracks

The Wedding March
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Music by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy
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"I'll feed your entrails to the pigs!"
11 June 2000 | by sabataSee all my reviews

This movie is pretty darn delightful, right from the first scene where Mr. Tod Slaughter is seen hammering a spike into an unsuspectingly asleep man's head! He then impersonates the man, gaining admittance into the man's estate that had just been willed to him. You get to hear Tod say, "I'll feed your entrails to the pigs!"!! Don't pass up a chance to see it.


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