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Guest in the House (1944)

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A young manipulative woman moves in with her fiances family and turns a happy household against itself.

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Evelyn Heath
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Douglas Proctor
Aline MacMahon ...
Aunt Martha
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Ann Proctor
Scott McKay ...
Dr. Dan Proctor
Marie McDonald ...
Miriam
Jerome Cowan ...
Mr. Hackett
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Hilda - the Maid
Percy Kilbride ...
John - the Butler
Connie Laird ...
Lee Proctor
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A young manipulative woman moves in with her fiances family and turns a happy household against itself.

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No girl has ever been called more names! That's Evelyn...the guest...who manages to throw her pretty shadow around where any man near must see it - and when it comes to a man she grants no rights to anyone but herself!

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Drama | Film-Noir

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8 December 1944 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Satan in Skirts  »

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Director Lewis Milestone started the film, but after extensive rehearsals and preparation he fell ill and was replaced by John Brahm, who reshot some of the early scenes. See more »

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When young Lee enters the house after playing with the boy on the swing, her face and dress are clean. However when she enters her mother's room, she has chocolate smudged on her face and dress. See more »

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Version of ITV Television Playhouse: Guest in the House (1957) See more »

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Written by Franz Liszt
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Taut Psychological Drama Transferred to Screen
8 September 1999 | by (Putney, VT) – See all my reviews

This is pretty much a photographed stage play but the cast is a top notch one and its two hour playing time goes by quickly. Anne Baxter plays a psychologically disturbed woman taken by her fiance to his family's ocean home for recuperation after a breakdown. Almost as if she were doing a rehearsal for her Eve Harrington in ALL ABOUT EVE, she manages to connive, manipulate and almost destroy the family. Sure, they're dumb - anyone could figure out she's nuts after the first reel, but hey, this is Hollywood. The cinematography is first rate and so is the supporting performance of Ruth Warrick as the trusting wife of Baxter's prey. Absorbing and fun - earning an Oscar nom for Original Score - an odd one.


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