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The Haunting -- Dr. Markway, doing research to prove the existence of ghosts, investigates Hill House, a large, eerie mansion with a lurid history of violent death and insanity...

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Director:
Writers:
Nelson Gidding (screenplay)
Shirley Jackson (based on the novel: "The Haunting of Hill House")
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Release Date:
18 September 1963 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
You may not believe in ghosts but you cannot deny terror See more »
Plot:
Dr. Markway, doing research to prove the existence of ghosts, investigates Hill House, a large, eerie... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for Golden Globe. Another 1 nomination See more »
NewsDesk:
(92 articles)
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Bored of psychos and gore? Try 1961's The Innocents
 (From The Guardian - Film News. 15 December 2013, 10:00 PM, PST)

Martin Scorsese Lists the 11 Scariest Films He's Seen
 (From GeekTyrant. 12 November 2013, 2:00 PM, PST)

User Reviews:
Will keep you on the edge of your seat for 2 hours! See more (352 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Julie Harris ... Eleanor 'Nell' Lance

Claire Bloom ... Theodora 'Theo'

Richard Johnson ... Dr. John Markway

Russ Tamblyn ... Luke Sanderson
Fay Compton ... Mrs. Sanderson
Rosalie Crutchley ... Mrs. Dudley

Lois Maxwell ... Grace Markway
Valentine Dyall ... Mr. Dudley
Diane Clare ... Carrie Fredericks
Ronald Adam ... Eldridge Harper
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Pamela Buckley ... First Mrs. Crain (uncredited)
Amy Dalby ... Abigail Crain - Age 80 (uncredited)
Rosemary Dorken ... Abigail Crain's Nurse-Companion (uncredited)
Verina Greenlaw ... Dora Fredericks (uncredited)
Claude Jones ... Garage Attendant (uncredited)
Freda Knorr ... Second Mrs. Crain (uncredited)
Howard Lang ... Hugh Crain (uncredited)
Janet Mansell ... Abigail Crain - Age 6 (uncredited)
Paul Maxwell ... Bud Fredericks (uncredited)
Susan Richards ... Nurse (uncredited)
Mavis Villiers ... Landlady (uncredited)
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Directed by
Robert Wise 
 
Writing credits
Nelson Gidding (screenplay)

Shirley Jackson (based on the novel: "The Haunting of Hill House")

Produced by
Denis Johnson .... associate producer
Robert Wise .... producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Humphrey Searle (music composed by)
 
Cinematography by
Davis Boulton (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Ernest Walter 
 
Casting by
Irene Howard 
 
Production Design by
Elliot Scott 
 
Set Decoration by
John Jarvis 
 
Makeup Department
Joan Johnstone .... hairdresser
Tom Smith .... makeup
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
David Tomblin .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Ivor Beddoes .... sketch artist
Mickey Lennon .... chargehand dressing prop (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
J.B. Smith .... dubbing mixer
Allan Sones .... dubbing editor
Gerry Turner .... sound recordist
A.W. Watkins .... recording supervisor
Desmond Briscoe .... special sound effects (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Tom Howard .... special effects
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Alan McCabe .... camera operator
Norman Gryspeerdt .... still photographer (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Maude Churchill .... wardrobe supervisor
Mary Quant .... clothes: Claire Bloom's
 
Music Department
Humphrey Searle .... music conducted by
 
Other crew
Hazel Swift .... continuity
 
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Runtime:
112 min
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Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
Certification:
Argentina:13 | Australia:M | Australia:G (alternate rating) | Canada:PA (Manitoba) | Canada:G (Quebec) | Finland:K-16 | France:U | Germany:16 (DVD rating) | New Zealand:R16 | Sweden:15 | UK:X | UK:X (original rating) | UK:12 (re-rating) | USA:TV-PG (TV rating) | USA:Approved (original rating) (PCA #20156) | USA:G (1972) | West Germany:16 (nf)

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Trivia:
Robert Wise had seen Julie Harris in a play and decided she was perfect for the leading role. She later confessed that shooting the picture had been very hard on her. She saw her character, Eleanor, in a different way than director Wise but didn't feel it was her place to disagree, so playing the part was a struggle for her. Still she claims Wise was a perfect gentleman and they remained friends for decades.See more »
Goofs:
Errors in geography: When Nell leaves the Boston garage, we can see through her car's back window that there are two English policemen standing on a street corner.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
Dr. John Markway:[voice-over] An evil old house, the kind some people call haunted, is like an undiscovered country waiting to be explored. Hill House had stood for 90 years and might stand for 90 more. Silence lay steadily against the wood and stone of Hill House, and whatever walked there... walked alone.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Clue (1985)See more »

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35 out of 53 people found the following review useful.
Will keep you on the edge of your seat for 2 hours!, 15 April 1999
Author: Ross Kendall (ross_k@hotmail.com) from Spalding, England

Seeing 'The Haunting' in the horror section, rated G, was the first surprise this movie offered. Even though the rating may seem tame, the film offers a lot more than many of the trashy 80's and 90's horror movies which always seem to make it into video stores and hang around like a bed smell. This small gem of a movie may not stand out on the shelf and probably wouldn't appeal to many horror fans scouring the shelves for the latest gore flick, but if their eyes were to look past these to 'The Haunting,' they would be in for a pleasant surprise. This film is what a supernatural story should be - forgoing the usual barrage of special effects and buckets of blood, and relying on excellent cinematography to achieve the scares. The black and white combined with unique camera angles give Hill House an eerie, almost mystical appearance. Even though some of the acting may be a little corny at times (amid some superb acting, it must be said), the film manages to build tension steadily without ever showing the 'ghost,' therefore leaving you on the edge of your seat throughout. The main character (Elenor Lance) does unfortunately grate on the nerves after a while, being an overly neurotic and paranoid character, but otherwise the cast acts creditably well...even though the house steals the show! If you want a movie that gets your heart racing, turn down the lights and pump up the sound. Hill House will have you on the edge of your seat and keep you there for almost 2 hours. I only hope the remake this year does this superb film justice.

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