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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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Taglines:

PRAY YOU NEVER HAVE THIS EVIL GUEST IN THE HOUSE! (rerelease) See more »

Genres:

Drama | Film-Noir

Certificate:

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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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Runtime:

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

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 young Lee enters the house after playing with the boy on the swing, her face and dress are clean. However when she enters her mother's room, she has chocolate smudged on her face and dress. See more »

Alternate Versions

Some prints of the film are cut to 100 minutes, and omit, among other scenes, the prologue that turns the story into a flashback, in which Aline MacMahon stands at the edge of a cliff as if looking down at someone who has been killed, and reminisces in voice-over about the events in the story. See more »

Connections

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

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House Guest Wears Out Welcome
10 June 2009 | by GManfredSee all my reviews

Hadn't seen this one before and was pleasantly surprised. It is longer than almost all the others in the DVD collection but is well worth the time.

A nutty woman is brought to the family home to recuperate from a breakdown of some sort and is plainly unfit to be released into normal society. She then proceeds to wreak havoc on all concerned and nearly succeeds in wrecking the host family.

But you have to assume a great deal and swallow a lot of credibility to make it work. She is unbalanced and no one notices or doesn't care; the male lead cavorts with his artist model for prolonged periods and no one raises an eyebrow, so laden with integrity is he; she persuades her fiancée/doctor to leave town to hasten her recovery(!); and so on.

All concerned turn in good performances. Dependable Ralph Bellamy is just that, and Aline McMahon is a cut above the rest. The pivotal character is Anne Baxter's and I don't agree with the majority that she was over-the-top - she is playing a neurotic which justifies her unsettling, oblong portrayal. How else to illustrate that she doesn't fit in? A good picture - albeit stagebound - that does not warrant all the complaints and criticisms. Give it a chance.


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