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Director:
Writers:
Dodie Smith (screenplay) and
Frank Partos (screenplay) ...
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Release Date:
16 October 1944 (Sweden) 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:
one my all time favorites See more (106 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)
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)
 
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Runtime:
99 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)
Certification:
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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Trivia:
In an article in USA Today (August 22, 2011), Guillermo del Toro chooses this as one of his six favorite "fright flicks."See more »
Goofs:
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 »
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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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Poltergeist (1982)See more »
Soundtrack:
O God, Our Help in Ages PastSee more »

FAQ

Is 'The Uninvited' based on a book?
Any recommendations for other movies from the 1940's that deal with ghosts and hauntings and that rely on mood over technology?
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52 out of 59 people found the following review useful.
one my all time favorites, 11 October 2004
Author: blanche-2 from United States

One of the posters described this as a "comfort" film which says it for me. I absolutely love this movie. It has been one of my favorites for years and years. I am also very lucky that my mother contacted a rare book company and found me the book, which is also wonderful. In the book (which I believe was written right before World War II began), the Ray Milland character is a writer, and there are many more characters. In fact, there are two men interested in the Ruth Hussey character. In its own way, The Uninvited book is equally as wonderful as the film, and the movie definitely keeps the gist of the story. I'm glad Milland is a composer in the movie, because how could we do without "Stella by Starlight," one of the most heavenly songs ever written. The music contributes to the wonderful atmosphere of "The Uninvited."

I read through the postings and was interested to see the Rebecca comparisons. "Rebecca" is one of my all time favorites as well, and I feel like an idiot saying I've never connected the two. But yeah, the Mary Meredith sure was on a pedastal, wasn't she? Otis Skinner's total, over the top performance is a real highlight. "No rough edges...all smooth..." - lots going on there!

It's tragic to see Gail Russell so young and beautiful and realize that alcohol would ravage her beyond recognition that and she would die so young.

She was lovely. The whole cast is marvelous. And I love that ghost! So, a mimosa toast to all of you who love this film as I do.

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