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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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 ... 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 (68) »

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There are many instances in this film where the screenplay adaptation lifts dialogue verbatim from the 1942 novel by Dorothy MacArdle on which the movie is based. The most extensive such sequence occurs early in the movie, when Rick visits the tobacconist's shop. See more »

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The film is set in 1937, but the "going-to-church" sequence features a car with headlights blacked out in the style required due to WWII in the early 1940s. See more »

Quotes

Roderick Fitzgerald: Anyway, how do we know the place is for sale?
Pamela Fitzgerald: Oh, Rick, life isn't as cruel as that. It's got to be.
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Referenced in Poltergeist (1982) See more »

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O God, Our Help in Ages Past
(uncredited)
Written by Isaac Watts
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Very good suspense film
18 September 2002 | by smatysiaSee all my reviews

An excellent ghost story, one I had never heard of. A good building of suspense, almost Hitchcockean, throughout the film. And Gail Russell had such beauty. I was unfamiliar with her as well, and in reading the bio on IMDb, I see why. What a shame. Check this one out. Grade: A


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

1 September 1944 (Argentina) See more »

Also Known As:

The Uninvited See more »

Filming Locations:

Elk, California, USA See more »

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Paramount Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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