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Director:
Writers:
Dodie Smith (screen play) and
Frank Partos (screen play) ...
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Release Date:
1 September 1944 (Argentina) See more »
Tagline:
From the Most Popular Mystery Romance since "Rebecca"!
Plot:
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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Awards:
Nominated for Oscar. See more »
User Reviews:
Subtle, Stylish Ghost Classic See more (125 total) »

Cast

  (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)

Elizabeth Russell ... The Ghost of Mary Meredith (uncredited)
Ivan F. Simpson ... Will Hardy - Tobacconist (uncredited)
Evan Thomas ... Colonel Carlton (voice) (uncredited)

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

Dorothy Macardle (novel "Uneasy Freehold")

Produced by
Charles Brackett .... associate producer
Buddy G. DeSylva .... executive producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Victor Young (music score)
 
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 (costumes)
 
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)
 
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Runtime:
99 min
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Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)
Certification:
Argentina:16 | Australia:PG | Finland:K-16 | Sweden:15 | UK:PG | 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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Trivia:
The film takes place from May to June 1937.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: The covers on the headlights (see above) disappear midway through.See more »
Quotes:
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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29 out of 32 people found the following review useful.
Subtle, Stylish Ghost Classic, 10 November 2006

Add a beautiful, mysterious Cornish seascape - with cliff and huge house standing alone. Add the likes of veteran actors like Ray Milland, Donald Crisp, Ruth Hussey, Alan Napier, Cornelia Otis Skinner, and a charming newcomer in Gail Russell. Throw in the eerie, suspenseful story of a house with a secret - a house that is worth much, much more than it sells for but is sold for a song to new neighbors Milland and Hussey as siblings. Stir in the ever present, keen eye for mixing atmosphere with action by director Lewis Allen and a thought-provoking, interesting albeit somewhat predictable script by Dodie Smith (based on a popular novel by Dorothy Macardle). For extra measure and a stronger ghostly flavour, present a séance, an asylum for the mentally ill, a true cliffhanger, and of course ghosts with work left to do after they have NOT shuffled off this mortal coil. All these ingredients make a fine film called The Univited, a Paramount release that really tries to be a true ghost story with emphasis on atmosphere rather than action. Though the film has a few stretches which might have been enhanced a bit more with some more action, the film's overall quality succeeds in its goals. The Uninvited is a first-rate ghost story about a secret this solitary, palatial house has, and it creates its suspense with things like creaking doors, lights faintly moving, wind blowing windows in(or out), barely audible whispers floating in the air, and ethereal images casting their ghostly shadows for the living's visual consumption. Ray Milland is as ever very affable in the lead role and Gail Russell as the focus of the ghost intrigue is beautiful and talented. Hussey, Skinner, and Napier do very good jobs with the material, but Donald Crisp as Russell's strong-willed father makes the biggest impression. If you are looking for something that has all the trappings of a sophisticated haunted house film - The Uninvited is it.

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