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    An old black & white British film i saw many years ago was titled something like "Cottage for Rent" or "Cottage for Sale"(Not the John Mills film 'Cottage to Let')& revolved around a group of people either looking around the cottage or sheltering there.

    In turn they each tell a story & the film follows each drama.It was a terrific movie.

    Does anyone know the title/actors & whether it is still available?

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    Sounds a bit like Dead of Night which involved a collection of people at a farmhouse. Were the stories mostly supernatural?

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    Possibly THE HALFWAY HOUSE (GB 1944) with Mervyn Johns as the landlord of an isolated Welsh inn where a number of people arrive all with their own personal problems and stories to tell.

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    Thanks guys for the info.It was definitely a house of some sort that was up for sale or rent.

    If memory serves me correctly i think the ending scenes actually showed a "For Sale" sign or something like that still standing outside the house after the visitors departed.

    I think the stories were supernatural to some degree.

    Gee,must be over 20 years since i last saw it!

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    I agree with Hugo, surely Ealing's The Halfway House with a very young Sally Ann Howes of Truly Scrumptious fame.

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    "THE HOUSE THAT DRIPPED BLOOD" 1970?.

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    I'll go with HACKETT, because didn't the house at the end of HALFWAY HOUSE revert to being the bombed-out ruin which it really was all the time ?



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    Yep Smudge, Halfway House closes with Mervyn and Glynis Johns standing in front of the smouldering inn.



    I'm not sure about The House that Dripped Blood, there is a 'To Let' sign (with a Bray phone number wink ) but the occupants don't 'shelter there', their stories are related to the police inspector in flashback. Not really a terrific film either.

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    In that case DB7, is there a pub sign o/s the Halfway at the end, which may be causing some confusion ?



    I have a particularsoft spot for HOUSE THAT DRIPPED BLOOD - a) because I grew up on those old Hammer-type horrors and [img]style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/cool.gif[/img] Cos part of it was filmed down the road from where I used to live (and Sanndevil still lives !)



    Finally c) I got to know the director for a spell, we corresponded - I asked questions, he put up with them. He's a very decent chap thumbs_u



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    </div><div class='quotemain'>smudge:

    In that case DB7, is there a pub sign o/s the Halfway at the end, which may be causing some confusion ? [/b]
    I haven't watched it for some time so I can't say but the image I recall is:



    It may well be Halfway House because some of guests hadn't planned on visiting the inn.



    </div><div class='quotemain'>I have a particularsoft spot for HOUSE THAT DRIPPED BLOOD - a) because I grew up on those old Hammer-type horrors and [img]style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/cool.gif[/img] Cos part of it was filmed down the road from where I used to live (and Sanndevil still lives !)[/b]
    I do like the Amicus portmanteus but imho From Beyond the Grave, Asylum, Tales from the Crypt and Dr. Terror's House of Horrors are more rounded, better interwoven and have tighter segments.

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    Mmm - have to agree, that's the image that I tend to remember at the close, so I was struggling to think of where the pub sign would be. But isn't there a long shot, or a pull back from the valley as it closes too ?



    Darn it - I CAN'T remember, and my copy is buried here somewhere...once it cools down I may exert myself and dig in, to see if I can find it to check.



    Will post again if so.



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    I think i've cracked it!



    After much research i think i've answered my own question.Of course i'd have to see the film again to be 100% sure but it certainly sounds like the film i saw many years ago.



    I believe it could be "House of Mystery" (1961) B&W film starring Jane Hylton,Peter Dyneley & Nannette Newman.



    A house hunting couple hear from a mysterious woman why an apparantly desirable cottage is being sold at a low price.



    Listed in Halliwell's as "a spooky thriller."



    Has anyone else seen this film?



    Many thanks for everyones help in trying to give my movie a title.



    By the way Smudge,has it got any cooler in Wolverhampton yet? I still have relatives in Birmingham - poor buggers must be sweating in their beer's!



    Cheers Guy's!



    Dave.

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    No Dave - it's still 'orrible and sticky here... sleep



    If anybody has HOUSE OF MYSTERY, I'd be grateful for a copy (will trade) as I am intrigued to see it now....



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    I've House of Mystery (oh no, it's Smudge again) but it's not that.



    Only 1 couple enter the house and there's only 1 story told in flashback. Good film tho.

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    Go on then, DB7 -



    I'm game : wot u want to trade ?



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    I got my copy via Aphra so you'd probably do better asking her as you'd get 2nd gen rather than 3rd gen.



    DVD works a treat btw thumbs_u

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    Thanks DB,



    My memory of the film was probably incorrect when i thought more than one couple were involved.



    I do remember someone was relating a story inside the cottage.I imagined a few people were involved but that may have something to do with the connecting story told by the mysterious woman.



    If there is a shot of the 'For Sale'sign outside the cottage at or near the end of the movie then i would say that would be the clincher.



    Cheers!



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    It's a story Sewell has filmed before as s Latin Quarter (1946), Ghost Ship (1952) and The Medium (1934).



    No, I think the film ends in the house (can't say anymore without revealing the plot)

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    </div><div class='quotemain'>smudge:

    Mmm - have to agree, that's the image that I tend to remember at the close, so I was struggling to think of where the pub sign would be. But isn't there a long shot, or a pull back from the valley as it closes too ?



    Darn it - I CAN'T remember, and my copy is buried here somewhere...once it cools down I may exert myself and dig in, to see if I can find it to check.



    Will post again if so.



    SMUDGE [/b]
    Was it a pub sign or was it a picture on the ruins of a wall?



    I remember the picture because it was called 'The Pastry Eaters'; a couple of ragged urchins in Italy/Spain/France eating pastry of course!



    I shall have to watch HWH tonight!

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    Cheers DB -



    Will consult Aphra. wink Glad the BOARDERS is ok - must watch it again meself sometime - I tuned in at the end and was intrigued as I had forgotten it !



    Ah yes - the GHOST SHIP with Hazel Court & Dermot Walsh ? In that case I must see t'other fillum...



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