Old Dark House

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1. One Exciting Night (1922)

Not Rated | 128 min | Comedy, Horror, Mystery

A young orphan girl, courted by an unpleasant older wealthy man who has a hold over her adoptive mother, falls in love with a young stranger at a party. Odd noises begin to be heard as a ... See full summary »

Director: D.W. Griffith | Stars: Carol Dempster, Henry Hull, Porter Strong, Morgan Wallace

Votes: 84 | Gross: $0.41M

2. The Monster (1925)

Passed | 86 min | Comedy, Horror, Mystery

A meek clerk who doubles as an amateur detective investigates some very strange goings-on at a remote mental sanitarium.

Director: Roland West | Stars: Lon Chaney, Gertrude Olmstead, Hallam Cooley, Johnny Arthur

Votes: 884

3. The Bat (1926)

86 min | Mystery, Thriller

A masked criminal who dresses like a giant bat terrorizes the guests at an old house rented by a mystery writer.

Director: Roland West | Stars: George Beranger, Charles Herzinger, Emily Fitzroy, Louise Fazenda

Votes: 654

4. The Cat and the Canary (1927)

Passed | 108 min | Comedy, Horror, Mystery

Relatives of an eccentric millionaire gather in his spooky mansion on the 20th anniversary of his death for the reading of his will.

Director: Paul Leni | Stars: Laura La Plante, Creighton Hale, Forrest Stanley, Tully Marshall

Votes: 2,564 | Gross: $0.33M

5. The Gorilla (1927)

80 min | Horror, Thriller

An ape is suspected of committing a series of murders.

Director: Alfred Santell | Stars: Charles Murray, Fred Kelsey, Walter Pidgeon, Brooks Benedict

Votes: 20

6. The Bat Whispers (1930)

Passed | 83 min | Crime, Thriller, Horror

A master criminal terrorizes the occupants of an isolated country mansion.

Director: Roland West | Stars: Chance Ward, Richard Tucker, Wilson Benge, DeWitt Jennings

Votes: 788

7. Check and Double Check (1930)

Passed | 77 min | Comedy

Typical Amos 'n Andy storyline has the boys trying to make a go of their "open-air" taxi business while they get caught up in a society hassle, involving driving musicians to a fancy party.... See full summary »

Director: Melville W. Brown | Stars: Freeman F. Gosden, Charles J. Correll, Sue Carol, Irene Rich

Votes: 329

8. The Phantom (1931)

Approved | 62 min | Horror, Thriller

A group of people are stalked by a masked killer in an old mansion.

Director: Alan James | Stars: Guinn 'Big Boy' Williams, Allene Ray, Niles Welch, Tom O'Brien

Votes: 264

9. Ghost Parade (1931)

Passed | 18 min | Short, Comedy, Mystery

A series of strange, inexplicable, and increasingly frightening events takes place in Mosby Manor.

Director: Mack Sennett | Stars: Andy Clyde, Marjorie Beebe, Harry Gribbon, Frank Eastman

Votes: 81

10. The Old Dark House (1932)

Not Rated | 72 min | Comedy, Horror, Thriller

Seeking shelter from a storm, five travelers are in for a bizarre and terrifying night when they stumble upon the Femm family estate.

Director: James Whale | Stars: Boris Karloff, Melvyn Douglas, Charles Laughton, Gloria Stuart

Votes: 8,383 | Gross: $0.03M

11. Tangled Destinies (1932)

56 min | Adventure, Comedy, Crime

After a plane makes an emergency landing, passengers take refuge in a deserted house, however one of them is a killer.

Director: Frank R. Strayer | Stars: Gene Morgan, Doris Hill, Glenn Tryon, Vera Reynolds

Votes: 171

12. Haunted Gold (1932)

Passed | 58 min | Action, Horror, Mystery

John and Janet get a weird letter telling them to go to a ghost town which has an abandoned mine. There they contend with bad guys looking for hidden gold. They are aided by a mysterious Phantom.

Directors: Mack V. Wright, Hugh Harman, Rudolf Ising | Stars: John Wayne, Duke, Sheila Terry, Harry Woods

Votes: 548

13. The Crooked Circle (1932)

Passed | 70 min | Comedy, Mystery

A group of amateur detectives sets out to expose The Crooked Circle, a secretive group of hooded occultists.

Director: H. Bruce Humberstone | Stars: Zasu Pitts, James Gleason, Ben Lyon, Irene Purcell

Votes: 259

14. The Monster Walks (1932)

Passed | 57 min | Horror, Mystery

People in an old dark house on a stormy night are menaced by a killer ape.

Director: Frank R. Strayer | Stars: Rex Lease, Vera Reynolds, Sheldon Lewis, Mischa Auer

Votes: 770

15. The Thirteenth Guest (1932)

Passed | 69 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance

Murder of a woman sparks a search for a killer.

Director: Albert Ray | Stars: Ginger Rogers, Lyle Talbot, J. Farrell MacDonald, Paul Hurst

Votes: 624

16. The Ghoul (1933)

Not Rated | 77 min | Action, Drama, Horror

An Egyptologist returns from the dead to take revenge on those who have violated his tomb.

Director: T. Hayes Hunter | Stars: Boris Karloff, Cedric Hardwicke, Ernest Thesiger, Dorothy Hyson

Votes: 2,115

17. Secret of the Blue Room (1933)

Passed | 66 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

Twenty years after 3 murders occur in a castle's "blue room", three men who each want to marry a beautiful girl decide to spend a night in the room to prove their bravery to her.

Director: Kurt Neumann | Stars: Lionel Atwill, Gloria Stuart, Paul Lukas, Edward Arnold

Votes: 601

18. House of Mystery (1934)

62 min | Horror, Mystery

An ancient curse and a killer ape are contained inside an old dark mansion.

Director: William Nigh | Stars: Ed Lowry, Verna Hillie, John Sheehan, Brandon Hurst

Votes: 249

19. The Ghost Walks (1934)

Passed | 69 min | Mystery, Thriller

During a stormy night at an old dark mansion, people who claim to see ghosts roaming the halls are later found murdered.

Director: Frank R. Strayer | Stars: John Miljan, June Collyer, Richard Carle, Henry Kolker

Votes: 385

20. One Frightened Night (1935)

Passed | 66 min | Comedy, Mystery

An eccentric millionaire, unable to locate his only granddaughter, decides to divide his estate among a group of people less close to him: his niece and nephew, his attorney, his doctor, ... See full summary »

Director: Christy Cabanne | Stars: Charley Grapewin, Mary Carlisle, Arthur Hohl, Wallace Ford

Votes: 291

21. Seven Keys to Baldpate (1935)

Approved | 80 min | Comedy, Mystery, Romance

A writer, looking for some peace and quiet in order to finish a novel, takes a room at the Baldpate Inn. However, peace and quiet are the last things he gets, as there are some very strange goings-on at the establishment.

Directors: William Hamilton, Edward Killy | Stars: Gene Raymond, Margaret Callahan, Eric Blore, Grant Mitchell

Votes: 230

22. Charlie Chan's Secret (1936)

Approved | 72 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

The heir to a huge fortune is presumed drowned, then shows up, is then murdered.

Director: Gordon Wiles | Stars: Warner Oland, Rosina Lawrence, Charles Quigley, Henrietta Crosman

Votes: 1,288

23. The Rogues' Tavern (1936)

Approved | 70 min | Mystery

A mad killer is on the loose in a hotel on a dark, gloomy night.

Director: Robert F. Hill | Stars: Wallace Ford, Barbara Pepper, Joan Woodbury, Clara Kimball Young

Votes: 351

24. The House of Secrets (1936)

Passed | 70 min | Mystery

Two men stumble into an old mansion, and get involved with a crazed scientist, torture chambers and sinister medical experiments.

Director: Roland D. Reed | Stars: Leslie Fenton, Muriel Evans, Noel Madison, Sidney Blackmer

Votes: 274

25. Sh! The Octopus (1937)

Approved | 54 min | Comedy, Mystery, Thriller

Comedy-mystery finds Detectives Kelly and Dempsey trapped in a deserted lighthouse with a group of strangers who are being terrorized by a killer octopus AND a mysterious crime figure named... See full summary »

Director: William C. McGann | Stars: Hugh Herbert, Allen Jenkins, Marcia Ralston, John Eldredge

Votes: 368

26. The Cat and the Canary (1939)

Approved | 72 min | Comedy, Horror, Mystery

When an eccentric family meets in their uncle's remote, decaying mansion on the tenth anniversary of his death for the reading of his will, murder and madness follow.

Director: Elliott Nugent | Stars: Bob Hope, Paulette Goddard, John Beal, Douglass Montgomery

Votes: 2,440

27. The Gorilla (1939)

Passed | 66 min | Comedy, Horror

When a wealthy man is threatened by a killer known as The Gorilla, he hires the Ritz Brothers to investigate. A real escaped gorilla shows up at the mansion just as the investigators arrive.

Director: Allan Dwan | Stars: The Ritz Brothers, Jimmy Ritz, Harry Ritz, Al Ritz

Votes: 1,182

28. The Man They Could Not Hang (1939)

Unrated | 64 min | Crime, Horror, Sci-Fi

When Dr. Savaard's experiment in cryonics is interrupted by the short-sighted authorities, his volunteer dies, and he is condemned to death. He vows vengeance if he can survive his own hanging.

Director: Nick Grinde | Stars: Boris Karloff, Lorna Gray, Robert Wilcox, Roger Pryor

Votes: 1,318

29. Bulldog Drummond's Secret Police (1939)

Approved | 56 min | Mystery, Thriller

Captain Drummond and his girlfriend want to marry but a hidden treasure in the house in which they want to celebrate their marriage is complicating the situation.

Director: James P. Hogan | Stars: John Howard, Heather Angel, H.B. Warner, Reginald Denny

Votes: 411

30. You'll Find Out (1940)

Approved | 97 min | Comedy, Horror, Musical

The manager of Kay Kyser's band books them for a birthday party bash for an heiress at a spooky mansion, where sinister forces try to kill her.

Director: David Butler | Stars: Kay Kyser, Peter Lorre, Boris Karloff, Bela Lugosi

Votes: 1,002

31. The Ghost Breakers (1940)

Passed | 85 min | Comedy, Horror, Mystery

A radio broadcaster, his quaking manservant and an heiress investigate the mystery of a haunted castle in Cuba.

Director: George Marshall | Stars: Bob Hope, Paulette Goddard, Richard Carlson, Paul Lukas

Votes: 2,848

32. Boys of the City (1940)

Approved | 68 min | Comedy, Mystery, Thriller

Street kids get sent to the country, where they get mixed up in murder and a haunted house.

Director: Joseph H. Lewis | Stars: Bobby Jordan, Leo Gorcey, Hal E. Chester, Frankie Burke

Votes: 534

33. Hold That Ghost (1941)

Passed | 86 min | Adventure, Comedy, Horror

After inheriting a fortune from a gangster, two dim-witted service station attendants find themselves stranded in a haunted house.

Director: Arthur Lubin | Stars: Bud Abbott, Lou Costello, Richard Carlson, Joan Davis

Votes: 3,257

34. The Black Cat (1941)

Passed | 70 min | Adventure, Comedy, Horror

Elderly Henrietta Winslow lives in an isolated mansion with her housekeeper and beloved cats. As her health fails, her greedy relatives gather in anticipation of her death.

Director: Albert S. Rogell | Stars: Basil Rathbone, Hugh Herbert, Broderick Crawford, Bela Lugosi

Votes: 1,358

35. Horror Island (1941)

Passed | 60 min | Comedy, Mystery, Thriller

A down-on-his-luck businessman organizes an excursion to Sir Henry Morgan's Island for a treasure hunt only to encounter a mysterious phantom and murder.

Director: George Waggner | Stars: Dick Foran, Leo Carrillo, Peggy Moran, Fuzzy Knight

Votes: 570

36. Topper Returns (1941)

Approved | 88 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Mystery

A fun-loving young woman is murdered after trading bedrooms with her wealthy friend. Her ghost seeks aid from Topper to find the murderer.

Director: Roy Del Ruth | Stars: Joan Blondell, Roland Young, Carole Landis, Billie Burke

Votes: 2,427

37. King of the Zombies (1941)

Passed | 67 min | Adventure, Comedy, Horror

On a spooky island, three stranded travelers find an evil doctor working with foreign spies and in control of zombies.

Director: Jean Yarbrough | Stars: Dick Purcell, Joan Woodbury, Mantan Moreland, Henry Victor

Votes: 1,831

38. Murder by Invitation (1941)

Approved | 67 min | Adventure, Comedy, Crime

The relatives of a rich old woman unsuccessfully try to have her declared insane, so they can divide up her money. To show them that there are no hard feelings, she invites them to her ... See full summary »

Director: Phil Rosen | Stars: Wallace Ford, Marian Marsh, Sarah Padden, Gavin Gordon

Votes: 234

39. Spooks Run Wild (1941)

Approved | 65 min | Horror, Comedy

The boys are sent to a mountain camp. Stranded in a small rural town, they hear about a "monster killer" roaming the countryside. At night, they sneak out. Peewee is shot by a grave-digger,... See full summary »

Director: Phil Rosen | Stars: Bela Lugosi, Leo Gorcey, Bobby Jordan, Huntz Hall

Votes: 1,458

40. The Living Ghost (1942)

Passed | 61 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

Wise-cracking ex-detective Nick Trayne is called in to try to find the whereabouts of wealthy kidnap victim Walter Craig. Craig unexpectedly turns up alive but with apparent brain damage, ... See full summary »

Director: William Beaudine | Stars: James Dunn, Joan Woodbury, Paul McVey, Vera Gordon

Votes: 479

41. Night Monster (1942)

Passed | 73 min | Adventure, Drama, Horror

Kurt Ingston, a rich recluse, invites the doctors who left him a hopeless cripple to his desolate mansion in the swamps as one by one they meet horrible deaths.

Director: Ford Beebe | Stars: Bela Lugosi, Lionel Atwill, Leif Erickson, Irene Hervey

Votes: 1,081

42. The Ghost and the Guest (1943)

Not Rated | 61 min | Comedy, Mystery

A newlywed couple winds up spending their honeymoon night in an old, dark, spooky mansion.

Director: William Nigh | Stars: James Dunn, Florence Rice, Robert Dudley, Mabel Todd

Votes: 187

43. Ghosts on the Loose (1943)

Approved | 67 min | Action, Comedy, Thriller

The East Side Kids try to fix up a house for newlyweds, but find the place next door "haunted" by mysterious men.

Director: William Beaudine | Stars: Leo Gorcey, Huntz Hall, Bobby Jordan, Bela Lugosi

Votes: 1,149

44. The Black Raven (1943)

Approved | 61 min | Mystery

A group of strangers are brought together in an old, dark house and must contend with two murders and $50,000 in stolen money.

Director: Sam Newfield | Stars: George Zucco, Wanda McKay, Noel Madison, Robert Livingston

Votes: 474

45. One Body Too Many (1944)

Unrated | 75 min | Comedy, Horror, Mystery

An insurance investigator arrives at a creepy mansion to protect a millionaire who has had death threats made against him.

Director: Frank McDonald | Stars: Jack Haley, Jean Parker, Bela Lugosi, Blanche Yurka

Votes: 1,014