Thanks to her bohemian upbringing, Lanchester was always looking for venues to express her creativity. In the mid-1920s she decided to open a nightclub in London called Cave of Harmony. This gave Lanchester an outlet for performance, as well as becoming a popular meeting spot for London artists and intellectuals such as H.G Wells, Aldous Huxley and James Whale.
Lawton released three LP albums in the 1950s. Two were entitled “Songs for a Shuttered Parlour” and “Songs for a Smoke-Filled Room” and were vaguely lewd and danced around their true purpose, such as the song about her husband’s “clock” not working. Laughton provided the spoken introductions to each number and even joined Lanchester in the singing of “She Was Poor But She Was Honest”. Her third LP was entitled “Cockney London”, a selection of old London songs for which Laughton wrote the sleeve-notes. – Wikipedia
Right-thinking people will have few more pleasant experiences at the cinema in 2018 than a trip to this spanking digital restoration of James Whale’s funniest, most subversive horror film.
First released in 1932, between the director’s Frankenstein and his The Invisible Man, the picture was thought lost for years and, following rediscovery, was only available in a scratchy print that clicked as often as it popped. The new version feels a little like a miracle.Based (surprisingly closely) on J B Priestley’s novel Benighted, The Old Dark House – which leant its name to a whole genre – concerns two groups of travellers stranded in a remote Welsh mansion during a torrential storm. “Even Welsh ought not to sound like that,” Melvyn Douglas’s suave playboy says on first encountering Boris Karloff’s mute, lurking butler.
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