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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.


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?


This story has a similar theme about the obsession of a woman, Halloway, portrayed by Cornelia Otis Skinner, with another woman Mary Meredith played by both Elizabeth Russell and Lynda Grey, with Daphne duMaurier's Rebecca (1940). In "Rebecca" the character of the housekeeper, Danvers, portrayed memorably by Dame Judith Anderson, with her mistress, Rebecca. Dorothy McCardle may have been influenced by duMaurier's story. See more »


When Roderick and Pamela first visit Miss Holloway's institution, they are ushered into a waiting area, where Pam sits in a chair while Roderick stands facing her. In a medium close up of Pam, Roderick's shadow is clearly visible on the wall behind her next to her chair. However in the very next shot showing both of them, there is no longer any shadow on the wall behind Pam, even though Roderick has not changed his position. Moreover, the shadow in the close up shot is in profile, but Roderick is facing directly toward the wall. See more »


Pamela Fitzgerald: Look at that staircase.
Roderick Fitzgerald: Oh, boy, what banisters for sliding.
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Referenced in Remington Steele: Steele Crazy After All These Years (1983) See more »


Wee Chuckie Birdie
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What more could you ask for in a ghost story???
30 March 2001 | by DoylenfSee all my reviews

If you're in the mood for a chilling, well-plotted, atmospheric mystery, you owe it to yourself to see this house-on-the-edge-of-a-cliff type of mystery. The intricate plot will delight mystery fans and the acting by Ray Milland, Ruth Hussey, Gail Russell, Donald Crisp and Cornelia Otis Skinner is excellent. Especially fascinating and chilling is the performance of Miss Skinner as Miss Holloway, the sinister owner of a clinic for disturbed women. Victor Young's background score adds immeasurably to the tense proceedings. His "Stella by Starlight" has become a classic composition for piano and orchestra. The old house itself with its huge windows overlooking the sea and its spacious interiors inhabited by an unseen presence, is the sort of dream house anyone would love to live in--except for 'The Uninvited'. Truly a high quality ghost story that also happens to be an absorbing mystery.

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English | Spanish

Release Date:

1 September 1944 (Argentina) See more »

Also Known As:

The Uninvited See more »

Filming Locations:

Elk, California, USA See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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