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The Haunting -- In an old New England house believed to be haunted, an ESP researcher enlists the help of two mediums in the hopes they can learn more the house's evil reputation.
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 »
Genre:
Tagline:
You may not believe in ghosts but you cannot deny terror See more »
Plot:
A scientist doing research on the paranormal invites two women to a haunted mansion. One of the participants soon starts losing her mind. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for Golden Globe. Another 1 nomination See more »
User Reviews:
More faithful to the book See more (367 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Julie Harris ... Eleanor Lance

Claire Bloom ... Theodora

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)

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:
In the 50th issue of Scarlet Street magazine, Julie Harris revealed that she wished she could go back and play the character differently. "Well, I would've been odder looking as Eleanor," she said. "I think she was too ordinary. I just wanted to be -- odder."See more »
Goofs:
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): For a scientist, Dr. Markway exhibits an astonishing lack of scientific curiosity regarding the "Help Eleanor Come Home" writing on the wall they discover. He tells Luke to wipe it off the wall, without even taking photographs of the writing or samples of the chalk-like substance used to write it.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 Grave Encounters 2 (2012)See more »

FAQ

Who was haunting Hill House?
Any recommendations for other movies where the evil entity is the house itself?
Is this a true story?
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22 out of 33 people found the following review useful.
More faithful to the book, 3 January 2003
Author: To'kun

After finding this gem at the public library's VHS section, I finally received the chance to watch the 'better' version of The Haunting. With what I could recall from reading the original novel (after seeing the modern version), I found this cinematic version infinately better and denser in character exposition than the 1999 version. In this 1963 version, the ending stayed closer to what happened in the novel and that was the definitive moment of The Haunting. I can't say much for the modern version, other than it was an effects film.

What I found original in this 1963 version is that there were some clever uses of lensing effects to heighten the strangeness of Hill House. By adjusting the props in the sets so that they are off by a few degrees, it helps to unsettle the viewer.

I'm hoping for a dvd release so that I can own both versions of the film. In the meantime, read the novel. There were a few details left out.

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