We’re Hopping Down a Soggy Bunny Trail to a Foreboding "Old Dark House" - Tonight!

Posted on April 8, 2023

Tonight on MeTV-it’s a movie from which a whole genre of film got its name- a creepy tale of unexpected visitors forced to spend a stormy night as unwelcome guests of a weird family in their rundown mansion- complete with a sinister servant and a mystery hidden on the top floor- with far more danger than just the weather! We are reserving a place for you in “The Old Dark House”!

You might recall that we have previously shown the 1963 version of this movie- a William Castle/Hammer collaboration starring comedian Tom Poston that was fairly comedic. However, this original version, from 1932, featuring the great Boris Karloff, has less humor and a far more chilling atmosphere!


Our story begins out on the road in the Welsh countryside during a violent thunderstorm, as Philip and Margaret Waverton and their wisecracking pal Roger Penderel drive along a road that appears to be getting flooded by the rain. Plagued by deep puddles and fallen trees, they finally admit they are lost- and are lucky enough to see an old mansion where they might stop to regain their bearings. After a frightening encounter with a hulking mute butler, they are admitted in, where they meet Horace Femm, an eccentric old fellow, and his even more eccentric sister Rebecca, who would rather the visitors not stay around. However, with the storm only getting worse, she allows them to shelter in the house- while constantly complaining about them! They are warned that the mute butler, Morgan, has a tendency to drink- and become very violent.

Rebecca fills Margaret in on the family history- claiming her ancestors were godless and sinful- and actually accuses poor Margaret of being the same. She warns that her 102 year old father still resides in the mansion.

With this less than cheery atmosphere, they all sit down to dinner- which is interrupted by a couple more visitors- Sir William Porterhouse and his chorus girl companion Gladys Ducane. These two new additions, boisterous and a little silly, join the dinner party (listen for the line “Have a potato”, which this film is known for!) They all adjourn to sit by the fireplace, where more stories are told- and Penderel and Gladys decide to sneak out to his car for a nip of some alcohol he has there!

Meanwhile, the storm causes the power to go out, and Philip is asked to go upstairs and fetch an oil lamp- yet Horace seems deathly afraid to accompany him- maybe because there is a locked room up there, and another from which a voice can be heard. While Margaret is alone downstairs, the now drunk Morgan stumbles in, with evil intent!

Meanwhile, Gladys, out drinking by the car with Penderel, reveals that she and Porterhouse are only platonic friends- and it looks like Penderel and the chorus girl are becoming a couple! Inside, secrets are revealed-courtesy of the aged father Sir Roderick Femm- and new dangers, as well as old ones like Morgan, provide life-threatening horrors to the hapless visitors!


This film, directed by James Whale, is where the genre of film known as an “old dark house” story indeed got that name- and you can see the similarities that following movies in that vein had. It was considered a lost film, having had the rights to the novel it is based on lost by Universal, which forced them to remove it from distribution- but we’ll tell how the film was restored, as well as running down the amazing cast, including Karloff, Gloria Stuart, Charles Laughton, Melvin Douglas and Ernest Thesiger- the memorable Dr. Pretorious of “Bride of Frankenstein”. We will also reveal a secret about the cast member playing the ancient Sir Roderick- and ask that our blog commenters do NOT reveal the secret! We’ll also invite you to a new, very specialized restaurant, and get visits from a questionable real estate agent you may have seen on MeTV and a vintage Easter guest. We’ll present a new song and a look at the last Flashback Weekend’s festivities.

“The Old Dark House” will open its doors via the MeTV airwaves tonight at 8 pm eastern/pacific, 7 central time. You are invited to join the multitudes live-Tweeting during the show on Twitter- just use the hashtag #svengoolie. Our Chicago area viewers get to meet up one more time with “Abbott and Costello Meet the Mummy” at 11 am on CW26.

Thanks to everyone who came out to the C2E2 comics and entertainment convention last weekend- again, a great turnout and a lot of wonderful Sven fans- including some celebrities! We’ll show you a sampling down the line on future shows.

Tonight, we invite you to spend part of the easter weekend with some bad eggs- the freaky family in “The Old Dark House”!

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1MikeM 1 month ago
...and dat was da Old Dark House...and dat's da name a dat tune!
Cartoondave 1 month ago
Oh mylanta it's almost time for the new blog already?
Kyle 1 month ago
About an hour to the Big Blog of the Week!

I may or may not be able to attend the big moment due to some important research.

On the Island theme, currently test driving a rum/coconut/lime concoction. It seems to be working better than anticipated.

Also, the pain from having a tooth pulled has subsided, at least temporarily.
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Katink Kyle 1 month ago
Wow, Kyle! I hope you will post a picture! (You know how I like a themed dinner!)
Klaatu Kyle 1 month ago
Wow! Drink umbrellas for tomorrow’s Island Earth movie👍! Why didn’t I think of that?
Kyle Klaatu 1 month ago
Why didn't you think of that?

Probably because your main ambition in life is not to win the lottery, buy an island with an active volcano, and have native girls bring you drinks with little umbrellas in them for the rest of your days.
Kyle Katink 1 month ago
If it turns out, you can bet that a picture will appear!
Drang 1 month ago
So the pointy haired boss just called and said he tested positive, and wants everyone to telework trough the weekend. Minion #1 has a laptop, but minion #3 does not. So she picks one up and heads home.
Bonus! She lives closer to Vangooliac and CountCurt than to me! So she'll hit the office, grab a laptop, head home, and eventually get online. In the meantime, I'll telework in her place.
Bonus 2! The Salt Mines are pushing out a mandatory update, which has so far taken up to 2 hours to apply if teleworking!
Kyle Drang 1 month ago
I love chaos and paranoia!

Bonus points for Spanish Inquisition!

Double bonus for overtime pay and plausible deniability!
Mikeyyy Drang 1 month ago
Double bonus! yeah dang!
Katink Drang 1 month ago
I love it when a plan comes together, Drang!
abc123 1 month ago
Waiting to hear back from nephew, to see what time we are taking his son to see Mario movie tomorrow. If I am still here, my movie snack comes from the Island portion of the title, Mounds and Almond Joy bars!
abc123 abc123 1 month ago
And just like that, movie is at 2pm, so should have plenty of time, though i will miss giving out East/Central friends their 20 to 30 minute notice...
Katink abc123 1 month ago
Have fun, abc😊
DrSerizawa 1 month ago
Is it me or is Faith Domergue having too much fun here?
VanGooliac DrSerizawa 1 month ago
She had more fun with these guys than with Howard Hughes!
Jack DrSerizawa 1 month ago
Well, you know what they say about the height of men’s foreheads...
Kyle Jack 1 month ago
If you measure that way, mine goes from my eyebrows to the...um...can't say crack...um...cleft(?)...of my...um....nevermind.
deadringer42 1 month ago
Leading up to the big broadcast tomorrow, I give you this island earth original head for the witches dungeon collection in Connecticut.
Klaatu deadringer42 1 month ago
Cool! That’s how I feel after 2 Martinis 🤪
Jack Klaatu 1 month ago
A little mutated?
TheKodakKid 1 month ago
I have to get up way too early in the morning, to go take part in a fundraising event. That means the race to be second or third place blogger will be wide open!

Will try to stop in sometime between setting up for the fundraiser and when I have to be at work tomorrow afternoon.
Mikeyyy TheKodakKid 1 month ago
So just me n carl representing Tn…
Katink TheKodakKid 1 month ago
I'm in Arizona this week with Hubby visiting his son, so it will be a different time zone for me on the new blog!
Kyle Katink 1 month ago
The Westies are a really fun bunch. Don't know if you stay up to follow the late postings most times, but it is a bit less filtered.

Sometimes I do it just to enjoy Svengoolie twice.
Katink Kyle 1 month ago
Will see how long I'm awake, Kyle. We took a day trip across to Lake Havisu, so we were wandering around London Bridge😎
Cartoondave 1 month ago
I was just in the Metv mall and looked at the new tote bags they've got almost everything you can imagine but I didn't see Sven or Catbat's beloved Batman😭
Klaatu 1 month ago
While looking at the April Newsletter, I just realized we have 5 Sventurdays and 5 Sven movies!! (Yes, I’m a day late🤣) Wouldn’t it be great if every month had 5 Sven movies? I’d be willing to give up a few Mondays to get a few extra Saturdays.
Lynn Klaatu 1 month ago
Ha! I don't think it works that way, but I can't blame you for trying!
Carl_N_Brown Klaatu 1 month ago
There's usually about four months a year with five Saturdays.
Drang Carl_N_Brown 1 month ago
One a quarter.
Washington state holds emergency communications drills on Fifth Saturdays, which is why I know.
MrsG Drang 1 month ago
That’s because You are the Man Drang *_*
Carl_N_Brown Drang 1 month ago
I'm seeing 5 Saturdays Apr Jul Sep Dec in 2023
Jack 1 month ago
Tex Deb found this while surfing...I covered the price, even tho’ Weigel appears to be getting their cut. For the price, I’d expected a nicer hat.
Klaatu Jack 1 month ago
Neat, but if you need to make “4 Equal Payments”, wow it must be expensive 😳😳
MrsG Klaatu 1 month ago
And I would imagine NO PERSONAL CHECKS !
Cartoondave Jack 1 month ago
Gee do ya think Anita our admin would approve or even Rich Koz?
PatS Jack 1 month ago
Isn't it more fun to do one's own make-up? Problem is you can't find a proper curly medium-length black wig in any store I've tried.
CountCurt 1 month ago
I am thinking about the great voices of Hollywood. I remember when Johnny Carson had James Earl Jones read from the dictionary starting with the letter A. He brought the dictionary to life.

Other great voices are: William Conrsd and Loren Greene.

The most humorous reading the dictionary would have to include William Shatner.
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Jack daDoctah 1 month ago
I was going for Canadian actors with not so stentorian voices.
Kyle Jack 1 month ago
Like Norm Macdonald?
PatS CountCurt 1 month ago
Don't forget Dame Helen Mirren and Emma Thompson -- that classic RSA diction!
daDoctah PatS 1 month ago
If anybody's still reading after the blog switchover: Jay Silverheels.
TheKodakKid 1 month ago
Mrs. G,

Around Dodge City and the territories out West, there’s only one way to handle the killers and the spoilers. That’s with a US Marshall and the smell of Gunsmoke.

“I’m that man. Matt Dillon. The first man they look for, and the last one they want to meet.

It’s a chancy job. It makes a man watchful. And a little lonely.”
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MrsG CountCurt 1 month ago
Aww thanks Count ~ as Drang indicated , there are comments attached to individual articles ~ took a peek out of curiosity but SvenBlog is the place to be ~ especially for low-tech old me ( no interest in other social media venues ) *_*
CountCurt MrsG 1 month ago
Thanks for clarifying Mrs. G. Yes, there is no place like the SvenBlog. Click your heels three times.
MrsG CountCurt 1 month ago
That’s right but You really must watch out for those flying monkeys ~ they can be stinkers !
Kyle MrsG 1 month ago
Flying monkeys are why shotguns were invented.
NoPersonalChicks 1 month ago
Valerie Hobson was born on this date in 1917. Pictured at age 17.
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Valerie looks very contemporary in the first photo.
daDoctah MrsG 1 month ago
I use that tool a lot. Recently it struck me that if Christopher Lloyd hadn't existed, a smart producer probably would have gone for either John Lithgow or possibly Matt Frewer. So I used to look up which pairs of that group had actually worked together.

Results for the curious:

Lloyd and Lithgow - Buckaroo Banzai, a short called The Macabre World of Lavender Williams, and a few documentaries.

Lloyd and Frewer - Twenty Bucks, a TV movie called Quicksilver Highway, and another called In Search of Dr Seuss.

Lithgow and Frewer - five episodes of the 2020 Perry Mason series.

I did more as expected when I searched Dean Jones and Kurt Russell, each of whom seemed to star in *every* live-action movie out of Disney over a long stretch. But the only time they were ever in the same film was (Disney's) The Horse in the Grey Flannel Suit.
MrsG daDoctah 1 month ago
10-Q *_* I learn a lot of tech finesse from You and ALL SvenBloggers !
abc123 daDoctah 1 month ago
I still love that when Robin Williams was unable to guest on a custom written episode of Start Trek The Next Generation, Matt Frewer stepped in and made an outstanding show.
Klaatu 1 month ago
Look what I found in my drawer! A T-Shirt! I’ve only wore it once👍. Should I frame it or wear it🤔?
gabste Klaatu 1 month ago
Wear !
MrsG Klaatu 1 month ago
‘Twill look great on You Klaatu , driving that Porsche *_*
Jack Klaatu 1 month ago
Use it to cover the seatback in the Porsche.
Engineer_Poelzig Klaatu 1 month ago
You should get a Slim Whitman T-Shirt to go with it.
Kyle Klaatu 1 month ago
Every time I think of that movie, I hear 'Ahh haaa haaa haa! They blew up Congress!!" and it makes me smile.
daleuhlmann 1 month ago
Okay, fellow Svengoolie Bloggers! Just to see if you were paying attention last Saturday night, Professor Saul Femm, who has a Ph.D in pyromania from Morgan University in Wales, has prepared a pop quiz for you about flames.

1) Flames are:
a. hot
b. lukewarm
c. cold

2) Flames are:
a) dull
b. sharp
c. as smooth as a baby's bottom

3) Flames are like:
a. knives
b. swords
c. needles

I will reveal the answers later, before the blog turns over.

Good luck!
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daleuhlmann Lucyc 1 month ago
Thanks, Lucy! I'll disclose the correct answers later.
CountCurt daleuhlmann 1 month ago
I am going to go with cba
daleuhlmann CountCurt 1 month ago
Thanks for you response. Count!
FKrueger daleuhlmann 1 month ago
How about The Flames are........................................not in the playoffs?
Catbat 1 month ago
Good Svengoolie 🎩 Saturday Eve Morning All!
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