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Guest in the House (1944)

Approved | | Drama, Film-Noir | 8 December 1944 (USA)
A young manipulative woman moves in with her fiancé's family and turns a happy household against itself.

Directors:

John Brahm, John Cromwell (uncredited) | 2 more credits »

Writers:

Ketti Frings (screenplay), Hagar Wilde (play) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Anne Baxter ... Evelyn Heath
Ralph Bellamy ... Douglas Proctor
Aline MacMahon ... Aunt Martha
Ruth Warrick ... Ann Proctor
Scott McKay ... Dr. Dan Proctor
Marie McDonald ... Miriam
Jerome Cowan ... Mr. Hackett
Margaret Hamilton ... Hilda - the Maid
Percy Kilbride ... John - the Butler
Connie Laird Connie Laird ... Lee Proctor
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A young manipulative woman moves in with her fiancé's family and turns a happy household against itself.

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Man-mad, but always crazy about the other woman's man! See more »

Genres:

Drama | Film-Noir

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 December 1944 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Satan in Skirts See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Director Lewis Milestone started the film, but after extensive rehearsals and preparation he fell ill and was replaced by John Brahm, who reshot some of the early scenes. See more »

Goofs

When Evelyn visits Douglas's studio (from about 31 minutes to about 34 minutes) the life-drawing on the easel is of a completely different pose from that of the model, both at the beginning and at the end of the scene. See more »

Connections

Version of ITV Television Playhouse: Guest in the House (1957) See more »

Soundtracks

Molly Malone
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Sung by Marie McDonald
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A mean young attempts to break a good family to get her egoistic aims
11 August 2009 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

An apparently friendly young woman named Evelyn (Anne Baxter) is invited to stay in the family home of her doctor and boyfriend named Proctor(Scott McKay). The female patient Evelyn is really a selfish young , a manipulating babe who hates the birds and with malignant objectives . The-not-so-innocent girl becomes at the beginning an enjoyable guest but she ruthlessly uses everyone in his goals. She skillfully tries to break the familiar harmony. Then , Evelyne falls in love with Douglas Procter (Ralph Bellamy) . He's a good man married Ann(Ruth Warrick) and with a daughter, Douglas dedicates artistic labors painting his model Miriam (Marie McDonald).

The pictures features exceptional work by Anne Baxter , she's magnificently hateful as the insidious Evelyne who attempts to dissect the harmonious group . Her acting result to be a phenomenal precedent to the character she played in ¨All about Eva¨ by Joseph L. Mankiewicz. Special mention to Margaret Hamilton , the famous witch from ¨The wizard of Oz¨ as a snooper maid and of course Aline MacMahon as the spinster aunt Martha , she's also worthy in a razor-sharp performance. Furthermore, a beautifully cinematography in subdued black and white by Lee Garmes, Atmospheric and appropriate musical score by Werner Janssen.

The motion picture is well directed by John Brahm (1893-1982). He was a German-born director who worked in the theatre for nearly 20 years before attempting his hand at movies. Later on, he had an initial work in England and after that he went to Hollywood where Brahm converted himself an efficient filmmaker of variety of routine mid-budget movies until 1944/45 when he directed two magnificent suspense movies with Laird Cregar : ¨The Lodger¨and ¨Hangover square¨ and a splendid drama ¨Guest in the house¨, the three full of atmosphere, intrigue and a sense of imminent tension. Later on he continued working almost entirely in TV but never again finding his previous inspiration .Rating : Better than average , worthwhile seeing.


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