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(1944)

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Paramount contract actress Elizabeth Russell modeled for the portraits of Mary Meredith in The Uninvited (1944). Actress Lynda Grey played the actual ghost in the film.
The song "Stella By Starlight" was written specifically for this movie and is featured several times. In the movie Roderick Fitzgerald "writes" it for Stella Meredith.
To create the painting of Mary Meredith, Gail Russell posed for the face and Lynda Grey posed for the body.
With Ned Washington's romantic lyrics added to Victor Young's graceful melody, "Stella by Starlight" turned into a major hit song three years after the film's release. Noteworthy recordings arrived in 1947 from Frank Sinatra on Columbia, Dick Haymes on Decca and Dennis Day on RCA Victor. Unfortunately, Mr. Young's score failed to attain an Oscar nomination in the category of Dramatic Score of 1944.
In an article in USA Today (August 22, 2011), Guillermo del Toro chooses this as one of his six favorite "fright flicks."
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.
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).
One of over 700 Paramount Productions, filmed between 1929 and 1949, which were sold to MCA/Universal in 1958 for television distribution, and have been owned and controlled by Universal ever since. Its television premiere in Philadelphia occurred Monday 4 May 1959 on WCAU (Channel 10).
"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.
There are many instances in this film where the screenplay adaptation lifts dialogue verbatim from the 1942 novel by Dorothy MacArdle on which the movie is based. The most extensive such sequence occurs early in the movie, when Rick visits the tobacconist's shop.
The onscreen credits list Gail Russell as being 'introduced' in this film, but she actually made her screen debut a year earlier in Henry Aldrich Gets Glamour (1943).
Mary Meredith died in 1920.
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Mr. Meredith died in 1934.
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The film takes place from May to June 1937.
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Helen Walker and Veronica Lake were tested for the lead roles.
"Screen Director's Playhouse" broadcast a 30 minute radio adaptation of the movie on November 18, 1949 with Ray Milland reprising his film role.
Two radio adaptations of the film were included on the Film Noir DVD Collection release.
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Stella Meredith was born in 1917.
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Gail Russell co-stars with author Cornelia Otis Skinner who portrayed "Miss Holloway". That same year (1944), Gail Russell portrayed Cornelia Otis Skinner in "Our Hearts Were Young and Gay", a film based on the real-life memoirs of Miss Skinner.
Although it appears that Windward does not have electricity because the light is from candles and oil lamps, the use of a radio makes it possible the house is wired. In the novel, it is clear that the house has electricity as characters "switch on the lights."
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Three cast members in studio records/casting call lists did not appear or were not identifiable in the movie. These were (with their character names): Norman Ainsley (Chauffeur), Ottola Nesmith (Mrs. Carlton) and George Kirby (Gas Station Attendant). Ainsley presumably was driving the car which dropped off Commander Beech and Stella after church, and Mr. and Mr. Carlton presumably was in the back seat. But none of these actors are seen. Mr. Carlton, however, does speak before the car drives off.
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Cornelia Otis Skinner has a supporting role in this film, which introduced Gail Russell. Later that year Gail Russell played Miss Skinner in the film of Miss Skinner's memoir, "Our Hearts Were Young and Gay" (1944).

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