House of the Long Shadows (1983) Online
An American writer goes to a remote Welsh manor on a twenty thousand dollar bet: can he write a classic novel like "Wuthering Heights" in twenty-four hours? Upon his arrival, however, the writer discovers that the manor, thought empty, actually has several, rather odd, inhabitants.
|Complete credited cast:|
|Vincent Price||-||Lionel Grisbane|
|Peter Cushing||-||Sebastian Grisbane|
|Desi Arnaz Jr.||-||Kenneth Magee (as Desi Arnaz)|
|John Carradine||-||Lord Elijah Grisbane|
|Sheila Keith||-||Victoria Grisbane|
|Julie Peasgood||-||Mary Norton|
|Richard Todd||-||Sam Allyson|
|Louise English||-||Diana Caulder|
|Richard Hunter||-||Andrew Caulder|
|Norman Rossington||-||Station Master|
This is the twenty-fourth and final movie in which Sir Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing appeared together.
This is the only movie in which veteran horror stars Vincent Price, Sir Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing, and John Carradine appear.
George M. Cohan's play "Seven Keys to Baldpate", on which the screenplay was based, opened on Broadway at the Astor Theater on September 22, 1913, and ran for three hundred twenty performances until June 1914.
Vincent Price was born on May 27, 1911, making him exactly eleven years older than Sir Christopher Lee, who was born on the same date in 1922. Peter Cushing missed by only one day of making it a triple, as he was born on May 26, 1913.
John Carradine fell asleep filming a major dinner scene and was in the land of nod for much of the scene.
Elsa Lanchester was going to play Victoria Quimby/Grisbane, but was too ill to make the trip to London.
John Carradine (Lord Elijah Grisbane) was only five years older than Vincent Price, playing his son Lionel, and seven years older than Peter Cushing, playing his son Sebastian. He was fourteen years older than Sheila Keith, playing his daughter Victoria. The three actors and one actress playing the Grisbanes, Carradine, Price, Cushing, and Keith, died at the ages of 82, 82, 81, and 84, respectively.
Though set in the Welsh countryside, this movie was shot entirely in Hampshire, England.
The picture was filmed "in the Hammer tradition" according to English newspaper "The Guardian".
Vincent Price was offered this movie and accepted before the script was written.
Final theatrical movie directed by Pete Walker.
Louise English was cast by Benny Hill.
This movie was released seventy years after its source play, "Seven Keys to Baldpate" by George M. Cohan, had been first performed, and its source novel, "Seven Keys to Baldpate" by Earl Derr Biggers, was published.
This movie took five weeks to shoot and cost just under one million pounds sterling.
This movie ran out of money three weeks into shooting.
Vincent Price turns up forty minutes in.
Sir Christopher Lee turns up forty-nine minutes in.
The movie's closing credits declare that this movie was "produced entirely on location".
The name of the remote Gothic mansion was "Baldpate Manor".
Many of the cast and crew loved working with Peter Cushing.
Producers Yoram Globus and Menahem Golan never read the script.
Final significant role in a major theatrical movie for Richard Todd (Sam Allyson).
The acronym "O.P.I.T." stood for "Organisation for the Promotion of International Terrorism".
The name of the novel that Kenneth Magee (Desi Arnaz, Jr.) had written was "The Lie". The title of the manuscript for a novel that he typed while staying in the old dark house was "Midnight Manor".
Richard Hunter was told by Director Pete Walker to think his character was like Brad from The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975).
Louise English kept her script of this movie.
The name "Baldpate" is said to be a corruption of a Welsh name, which none of the English or American characters can pronounce properly. In fact, the supposedly Welsh word does not exist in the Welsh language, and means nothing.
Another actress was offered the role of Mary Norton but was not free.
Stanley Myers was asked to write the score.
The amount of the bet made by publisher Sam Allyson (Richard Todd) for Kenneth Magee (Desi Arnaz, Jr.) to write a novel of the standard of Emily Brontë's "Wuthering Heights" over twenty-four hours was twenty thousand dollars. Which one can deduce from reading the plot synopsis.
Peter Sinclair was offered the movie.
Although Peter Cushing killed Sir Christopher Lee in six movies, Frankenstein s'est échappé! (1957), Dracula (1958), Le crâne maléfique (1965), Je suis un monstre (1971), Dracula '73 (1972), and Dracula vit toujours à Londres (1973), this was the only movie in which Lee killed Cushing.