Things Happen at Night

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Things Happen at Night
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Directed by Francis Searle
Written by St. John Legh Clowes
Based onThe Poltergeist
by Frank Harvey
Produced by James A. Carter
St. John Legh Clowes
Starring Gordon Harker
Alfred Drayton
Robertson Hare
Garry Marsh
Cinematography Leslie Rowson
Edited byDavid Hawkins
Music by George Melachrino
Distributed by Renown Pictures
Release date
3 November 1948 (full release)
Running time
79 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom
Budget£78,000 [1]

Things Happen at Night is a 1947 British supernatural ghost comedy film directed by Francis Searle and starring Gordon Harker, Alfred Drayton, Robertson Hare and Garry Marsh. [2] The film is based upon a stage play, The Poltergeist, by Frank Harvey. It was shot at Twickenham Studios. Despite the film's comparatively large budget it ended up being released as a second feature. [3]


Plot summary

An English country house is plagued by a poltergeist who destroys things in the home, rearranges pictures on the wall, and possesses the daughter of the owner causing her to be expelled from school. A psychic ghost breaker and an insurance agent help the homeowners battle and expel the spirit.


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  1. Chibnall & McFarlane p.39
  3. Chibnall & McFarlane p.39