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The Uninvited (1944)

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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.

Director:

Lewis Allen

Writers:

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

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Cast

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 Barbara Everest ... Lizzie Flynn
Alan Napier ... Dr. Scott
Gail Russell ... Stella Meredith
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Storyline

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 (63) »

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Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

1 September 1944 (Argentina) See more »

Also Known As:

Der unheimliche Gast See more »

Filming Locations:

Elk, California, USA See more »

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Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Helen Walker and Veronica Lake were tested for the lead roles. See more »

Goofs

When Roderick & Stella are sailing in a small boat, they did the old chestnut of hitting him on the back of the head with the boom. However Stella pushed the tiller. That would have sent the boom to starboard, away from Roderick's head. Background didn't shift either. See more »

Quotes

Stella Meredith: [realizing Rick has written the music he is playing] You made that up?
Roderick Fitzgerald: Yes.
Stella Meredith: But you must be brilliant.
Roderick Fitzgerald: Oh, dazzling. People have to wear sunglasses.
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Referenced in Remington Steele: Steele Crazy After All These Years (1983) See more »

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My Silent Love
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Music by Dana Suesse
Heard over the radio Rick's first night at Windward House
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The entire movie is well done, well acted, well portrayed, and well remembered.
1 November 2005 | by s-naeyaertSee all my reviews

How could I have considered myself a scary movie buff and not known about this movie? I just happened on this movie last night (halloween 2005) on TMC. I loved it. Luckily I have a DVR and was able to pause it, put my daughter to bed, then come back to the living room, dim the lights, light a candle or two, then watch the ending uninvited, err . . . uninterrupted.

Some of what I loved about the movie were its subtleties in the story, the mix of relationships, its tongue-and-cheek humor, even in dire circumstances, the mood of the mansion, and the techniques used to "show the ghosts." The lights and darks and moods were wonderfully mastered. There is not one "normal" husband-wife relationship, yet the story pivots around a child and her relationship with her mother. I agree, along with my other writer colleagues, that there was a passionate relationship between Mary and Ms. Holloway. Check out those eyes on Ms. Holloway in her last scene! Not to mention the odd, but lovable relationship between the brother and sister having no problem living together in their mid 20's or early 30's. And the old-man doctor having the hots for the sister is just as entertaining as watching the brother have the hots for this "child" at least 10 years younger than he. I half expected the grandfather to fall for the house cleaner!


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