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Release Date:
1 September 1944 (Argentina) See more »
From the Most Popular Mystery Romance since "Rebecca"!
A composer and his sister discover that the reason they are able to purchase a beautiful gothic seacoast mansion very cheaply is the house's unsavory past. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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A Thriller that will stay with you for years See more (112 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Ray Milland ... Roderick Fitzgerald

Ruth Hussey ... Pamela Fitzgerald

Donald Crisp ... Commander Beech
Cornelia Otis Skinner ... Miss Holloway
Dorothy Stickney ... Miss Bird
Barbara Everest ... Lizzie Flynn

Alan Napier ... Dr. Scott
Gail Russell ... Stella Meredith
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
David Clyde ... Ben - Boat Owner (uncredited)
Betty Farrington ... Carmel's ghost (voice) (uncredited)
Helena Grant ... Servant (uncredited)
Lynda Grey ... Ghost of Mary Meredith (uncredited)
Holmes Herbert ... Charlie Jessup (uncredited)
Leyland Hodgson ... Taxi Driver (uncredited)
John Kieran ... Foreword Narrator (voice) (uncredited)
Queenie Leonard ... Mrs. Taylor (uncredited)
Moyna MacGill ... Mrs. Coatsworthy (uncredited)
Jessica Newcombe ... Miss Edith Ellis (uncredited)
Rita Page ... Annie - Maid (uncredited)
Ivan F. Simpson ... Will Hardy - Tobacconist (uncredited)
Evan Thomas ... Colonel Carlton (voice) (uncredited)

Directed by
Lewis Allen 
Writing credits
Dodie Smith (screenplay) and
Frank Partos (screenplay)

Dorothy Macardle (novel "Uneasy Freehold")

Produced by
Charles Brackett .... associate producer
Buddy G. DeSylva .... executive producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Victor Young 
Cinematography by
Charles Lang (director of photography) (as Charles Lang Jr.)
Film Editing by
Doane Harrison 
Art Direction by
Hans Dreier 
Ernst Fegté 
Set Decoration by
Stephen Seymour 
Costume Design by
Edith Head 
Makeup Department
Wally Westmore .... makeup artist
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Charles C. Coleman .... assistant director (uncredited)
Hal Walker .... second unit director (uncredited)
Art Department
Richard Kitchin .... painter: Mary Meredith (uncredited)
Sound Department
John Cope .... sound recordist
Hugo Grenzbach .... sound recordist
Visual Effects by
Farciot Edouart .... process photography
Gordon Jennings .... special photographic effects (uncredited)
Music Department
George Parrish .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Leo Shuken .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Other crew
Elizabeth Russell .... model: Mary Meredith's portrait (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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99 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)
Argentina:16 | Australia:PG | Finland:K-16 | Sweden:15 | UK:A (1944) (cut) | USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:Approved (PCA #9337) | USA:TV-PG (TV rating) | West Germany:16
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There is a line of dialogue, near the end of the film, when Rick assures Lizzie: "We will do nothing tonight that the priest wouldn't approve of." He is referring to Father Anson, who had a major sub plot in the novel (he wanted to perform an exorcism on the house) but whose character and sub-plot were deleted entirely from the filmed version. This one odd line, lifted almost verbatim from the novel, somehow made it into the final cut.See more »
Continuity: In the opening when Roderick and Pam are seen in the opening shot clambering up the coast cliff, Pam's trenchcoat is seen blowing up, and there's no sign of anything underneath, but in the following shot done obviously a black skirt, not seen in earlier shots, is shown.See more »
Roderick Fitzgerald:[narration] They call them the haunted shores, these stretches of Devonshire and Cornwall and Ireland which rear up against the westward ocean. Mists gather here... and sea fog... and eerie stories...
Roderick Fitzgerald:That's not because there are most ghosts here then other places, mind you. It's just that people who live here about are strangely aware of them. You see, day and night, year in, year out, they listen to the pound and stir of the waves. There's life and death in that restless sound. And eternity too.
Roderick Fitzgerald:If you listen to it long enough, all your senses are sharpened. You come by strange instincts. You get to recognize a peculiar cold that is the first warning. A cold which is no mere matter of degrees Farenheit, but a draining of warmth from the vital centers of the living.
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67 out of 76 people found the following review useful.
A Thriller that will stay with you for years, 11 May 2004
Author: robbihoy from Minnesota

I saw this movie many years ago. Every time I knew it was coming on, I would turn off all the lights and make sure I was alone. It scared me to death. Years later I would look for it, but never could remember its name or the actors in it, but it haunted me. It is a movie you will never forget. With no blood or gore, it will frighten you or give you chills for a long time to come. The acting is great and the music helps set the mood. The house was beautiful. 10 years after I saw it, the image of the house, the sound of the cries and that cliff...those were the things I remembered. Now that I know it, I will go buy it. It is the best thriller I have ever seen.

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