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The Dead Part of the House 

A young girl moves into a new house with her father and aunt, and before long, she makes friends with the ghosts of three girls who reside in an upstairs nursery -- though the adults assume that her new "friends" are her three new dolls.

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John Newland ...
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Paul Burton
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Aunt Minna Boswell
Mimi Gibson ...
Ann Burton
Philip Ahn ...
Song
Ken Drake ...
Gas Man
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A young girl moves into a new house with her father and aunt, and before long, she makes friends with the ghosts of three girls who reside in an upstairs nursery -- though the adults assume that her new "friends" are her three new dolls.

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17 March 1959 (USA)  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

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Shades of Dark Shadows
29 June 2009 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

Following the accidental death of his wife, in Denver, psychologically fragile Philip Abbott (as Paul Burton) and his young daughter Mimi Gibson (as Ann Burton) go to live with Mr. Abbott's sister, attractive Joanne Linville (as Minna Boswell), in San Francisco. A divorcée, Ms. Linville lives in a mysterious house, with stereotypical "old world" Chinese manservant Philip Ahn (as Song). Obviously, Mr. Abbott and Ms. Linville hope to provide a pseudo-family for lonely girl.

Both Abbott and his daughter are experiencing emotional shock, and grief. Credited writer Michael Plant elicits these kind of assumptions with a cleverly written script; it keeps your mind working. The props (music box, doll house) presage the "Dark Shadows" 1970 playroom frequented by Kathy Cody. Eventually, young Gibson discovers a sealed-off section of the house. There, she spends her time with friends Jennifer, Rose, and Mary - but, are they real people, dolls… or ghosts?

***** The Dead Part of the House (3/17/59) John Newland ~ Philip Abbott, Joanne Linville, Mimi Gibson, Philip Ahn


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