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Director:
Writers:
Dodie Smith (screenplay) and
Frank Partos (screenplay) ...
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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:
A Lovely, Old Fashioned Ghost Story See more (111 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)
 
Crew believed to be complete


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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:
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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Trivia:
Some of the interior sets of Windwood Manor, such as the main staircase and parlor, were re-dressed sets from the 1942 film I Married a Witch (1942).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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Movie Connections:
Featured in 100 Years of Horror: Ghosts (1996) (V)See more »
Soundtrack:
Stella by StarlightSee more »

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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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36 out of 38 people found the following review useful.
A Lovely, Old Fashioned Ghost Story, 25 March 2006
Author: Gafke from United States

Roderick and his sister Pamela are vacationing along the English seaside when they discover a beautiful old house with which they fall immediately in love. They purchase the home from Commander Beech, an elderly man whose daughter and son-in-law once lived in the house. Almost as soon as Roderick and Pamela move in, the disturbances begin. A woman can be heard sobbing in the early morning hours and the smell of mimosa perfume is everywhere. Soon, Roderick takes a liking to the Commander's granddaughter, a very pretty but solemn and haunted looking girl named Stella. When Stella enters the house, the disturbances increase alarmingly, threatening her life and driving her perilously close to the sea cliffs. The Commander forbids her to set foot in the house, for he knows of the terrible tragedy that occurred there 20 years earlier. But the guilty secret he's been keeping all these years, a secret that involves Stella and her heritage, will not stay secret anymore and Roderick must face a vengeful ghost if he wishes to save the woman he loves.

This is a really great ghost story, a true classic of the genre. Everyone involved turns in a brilliant performance, especially Ray Milland as Roderick the sweet and likable composer and Ruth Massey as his spunky sister. Gail Russell as Stella is perfectly cast, always appearing shaken and fragile. The effects are terrific too! The crying ghost in particular will give you shivers as it echoes down the halls of the dark house and disappears with the dawn breeze. Light and shadow are used to maximum effect and despite the fact that this film was made in 1944, it never feels dated and it's lost none of its power to unsettle, disturb and even downright terrify.

Perfect viewing for a dark and stormy night. This is a flawless ghost story. Highly recommended.

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