A composer and his sister discover that the reason they are able to purchase a beautiful gothic seacoast mansion very cheaply is the house's unsavory past.


Lewis Allen


Dodie Smith (screen play), Frank Partos (screen play) | 1 more credit »
Nominated for 1 Oscar. See more awards »





Complete credited cast:
Ray Milland ... Roderick Fitzgerald
Ruth Hussey ... Pamela Fitzgerald
Donald Crisp ... Cmdr. Beech
Cornelia Otis Skinner ... Miss Holloway
Dorothy Stickney ... Miss Bird
Barbara Everest ... Lizzie Flynn
Alan Napier ... Dr. Scott
Gail Russell ... Stella Meredith


A brother and sister move into an old seaside house they find abandoned for many years on the English coast. Their original enchantment with the house diminishes as they hear stories of the previous owners and meet their daughter (now a young woman) who now lives as a neighbor with her grandfather. Also heard are unexplained sounds during the night. It becomes obvious that the house is haunted. The reasons for the haunting and how they relate to the daughter whom the brother is falling in love with, prove to be a complex mystery. As they are compelled to solve it, the supernatural activity at the house increases to a frightening level. Written by Russell West <ruswest@primenet.com>

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house | haunting | mansion | dog | ghost | See All (68) »


PLUS - Another Series of "THIS IS AMERICA" featuring "Hot Money" (print ad - Lubbock Morning Avalanche - Tech Theatre - Lubbock, Texas - November 8, 1944) See more »


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Did You Know?


In an article in USA Today (August 22, 2011), Guillermo del Toro chooses this as one of his six favorite "fright flicks." See more »


In the final scene, Lizzie Flynn's cat is sitting placidly grooming himself on the stairway at Windward House, when he should be at the Jessop Farm with Lizzie. See more »


Pamela Fitzgerald: Look at that staircase.
Roderick Fitzgerald: Oh, boy, what banisters for sliding.
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Referenced in Boy Meets World: The Uninvited (1994) See more »


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Rivals in Life and Death
25 February 2014 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

In 1937, the composer and music critic Roderick Fitzgerald (Ray Milland) and his sister Pamela Fitzgerald (Ruth Hussey) are spending a holiday on the English coast. When their dog chases a squirrel, they need to break in an abandoned manor named Windward House and Pamela immediately falls in love with the real state and convinces her brother to invest his savings purchasing the house.

They seek out the owner, Commander Beech (Donald Crisp), who lives with his twenty year-old granddaughter Stella Meredith (Gail Russell) far from the house, and he accepts their offer and sells the house for a very low price. Soon Roderick and Pamela move to the Windward House and he and Stella falls in love with each other. Roderick and Pamela also discover that the house is haunted and in Roderick's studio they feel a chill and near dawn they overhear uncanny sobs of a woman. They investigate and learn that a tragedy happened in the manor: Stella's father had an affair with a Spanish model and her mother died falling of the rocky coast and the model died of pneumonia. They also discover that the house is haunted by two ghosts, one of them evil and the other one trying to protect Stella.

"The Uninvited" is a creepy ghost story, with a great performances and a good story. The mystery is predictable and is not difficult to guess who the evil ghost is, but the movie has many scenes that startle the viewer and is supported by a magnificent cinematography in black and white. In accordance with a documentary about "The Uninvited", Gail Russell was a shy actress and her personality helped her in her performance since she was really scared. The serenade "To Stella by Starlight", by Victor Young, is another plus of this movie. Further, "The Uninvited" is the first Hollywood movie to take ghosts seriously since until this date this theme was explored in comedies. My vote is nine.

Title (Brazil): "O Solar das Almas Perdidas" ("The Manor of the Lost Souls")

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Release Date:

1 September 1944 (Argentina) See more »

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The Uninvited See more »

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Elk, California, USA See more »

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Paramount Pictures See more »
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Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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