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The Unseen (1945)

A secretive widower hires a governess for his children, a willful boy and impressionable girl. Strange occurrences and the governess's curiosity lead her to unlock the secrets of the mysterious and uninhabited brownstone next door.

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Governess Elizabeth Howard fears that David, both her widowed employer and the man she loves, could be the strangler that's stalking women in the small New England town where they live. So does the police. His little son Barnaby knows who the killer is but won't tell. Elizabeth becomes convinced that the killer is now stalking her as well.

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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. A popular local favorite, it was first telecast in Omaha Thursday 4 December 1958 on KETV (Channel 7), in Philadelphia 6 January 1959 on WCAU (Channel 10), in Los Angeles 7 January 1959 on KNXT (Channel 2), in Chicago 8 January 1959 on WBBM (Channel 2), in Minneapolis 10 January 1959 on WCTN (Channel 11), in New York City 27 January 1959 on WCBS (Channel 2), in Phoenix 7 February 1959 on KVAR (Channel 12), in Milwaukee 20 April 1959 on WITI (Channel 6), in Seattle 6 May 1959 on KIRO (Channel 7), in Detroit 23 September 1959 on WJBK (Channel 2), in Asheville 19 November 1959 on WLOS (Channel 13) and in Johnstown 27 November 1959 on WJAC (Channel 6). See more »

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Shades of "Gaslight"...
14 July 2007 | by See all my reviews

In an older London neighborhood beset with strange deaths and a spooky, abandoned house with boarded-up windows, Gail Russell arrives via Boston to accept job as governess to widower Joel McCrea's two precocious kids; quickly, she begins to realize McCrea's little boy is in-cahoots with the previous nanny and may be covering up a dangerous plot which ties in with the old house--and also with McCrea, whose mysterious comings and goings spell trouble. Over-plotted and yet ultimately slim-seeming co-feature from Paramount, stiffly directed and not very exciting. Heavy-lidded Russell, fresh off her triumph in "The Univited", was never an exceptional actress, but here she gives hint she may have become a very good one, and her terse exchanges with McCrea show a much more confident performer than in "The Univited". The screenplay, adapted from Ethel Lina White's novel "Her Heart in Her Throat", falls rather early into a disparaging rut, what with Russell continually reporting peculiar happenings to people who don't believe or listen to her, and that final clinch nearly comes out of nowhere. However, for fans of 1940s potboilers like the not-dissimilar "Gaslight", this provides minor enjoyment. ** from ****


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