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Jeff Garlin's Gem: The Old Dark House
Jeff Garlin’s series of forgotten classics and rare treasures returns to the TCFF with this early horror comedy masterpiece directed by the legendary James Whale (“Frankenstein,” “Bride of Frankenstein”), one of the few openly gay filmmakers of his era. Hot on the heels of the success of “Frankenstein,” the incomparable Boris Karloff gets top billing as the hulking, beastly butler of a gothic mansion populated by lunatics and murderers. When a group of travelers comes by to seek shelter from a torrential storm, the quirky Femm family is all too eager to show their hospitality. With unforgettable characters from a masterful ensemble cast (including Charles Laughton and Raymond Massey in their American film debuts), this eerie, surreal, and frequently hilarious film laid the foundation for the genre for years to come.
Film Info
Section:Special Screenings
LGBTQ Equality
Free Movies at the Buzz
Release Year:1932
Runtime:72 min.
Type of Film:Feature Narrative
Production Country:USA
Original Language:English
Cast/Crew Info
Cast:Boris Karloff
Melvyn Douglas
Charles Laughton
Lilian Bond
Ernest Thesiger
Eva Moore
Raymond Massey
Director:James Whale
Produced by:Carl Laemmle Jr.
Screenwriter:Benn W. Levy
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