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Dodie Smith (screenplay) and
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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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Nominated for Oscar. See more »
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The entire movie is well done, well acted, well portrayed, and well remembered. See more (113 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)
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 (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: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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Did You Know?

"The Screen Guild Theater" broadcast a 30 minute radio adaptation of the movie on August 28, 1944 with Ray Milland and Ruth Hussey reprising their film roles.See more »
Continuity: In the next to last scene Lizzy Flynn's cat is sitting placidly grooming himself on the stairway at Winward House, when he should be at the Jessop Farm with Lizzy Flynn.See more »
Pamela Fitzgerald:Important decisions have to be made quickly.See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in 100 Years of Horror: Ghosts (1996) (V)See more »
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36 out of 40 people found the following review useful.
The entire movie is well done, well acted, well portrayed, and well remembered., 1 November 2005
Author: s-naeyaert from United States

How could I have considered myself a scary movie buff and not known about this movie? I just happened on this movie last night (halloween 2005) on TMC. I loved it. Luckily I have a DVR and was able to pause it, put my daughter to bed, then come back to the living room, dim the lights, light a candle or two, then watch the ending uninvited, err . . . uninterrupted.

Some of what I loved about the movie were its subtleties in the story, the mix of relationships, its tongue-and-cheek humor, even in dire circumstances, the mood of the mansion, and the techniques used to "show the ghosts." The lights and darks and moods were wonderfully mastered. There is not one "normal" husband-wife relationship, yet the story pivots around a child and her relationship with her mother. I agree, along with my other writer colleagues, that there was a passionate relationship between Mary and Ms. Holloway. Check out those eyes on Ms. Holloway in her last scene! Not to mention the odd, but lovable relationship between the brother and sister having no problem living together in their mid 20's or early 30's. And the old-man doctor having the hots for the sister is just as entertaining as watching the brother have the hots for this "child" at least 10 years younger than he. I half expected the grandfather to fall for the house cleaner!

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