This Old Dark House


Glorious, gorgeous Gloria Stuart, in ‘The Old Dark House’

It’s been a tough year. The most challenging of my entire adult life, actually, with the most recent difficulty being the death of my father a few weeks ago. But it wasn’t unexpected, and Dad passed away quietly in his sleep.

Despite all of the work I had to do to manage my father’s money, and must now do to take care of the estate, now that I’m retired I have more time to do things I enjoy. But because I am no longer drawing a salary, I of course have less money to spend on things that I enjoy.

Way back in the pre-DVD days, I was recklessly spending money on LaserDiscs. One of my favorite LD’s is “The Old Dark House”, a delightfully quirky and creepy 1932 movie with an outstanding cast, directed by James Whale. A recent rave by Leonard Maltin for a new HD transfer of the movie motivated me to see how much it costs. At only $15.50 on Amazon, it doesn’t bust my retirement budget.

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4 thoughts on “This Old Dark House”

  1. Wow just started it this am and will finish in the pm. Thanks for the tip. It is clearly one of Whale’s best, and that is really something.

  2. Damn! I wish I could run around for most of a movie looking stunning in a timeless silk dress like that! Still pissed that she didn’t get the Oscar for “Titanic.”

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