Architect Walter Craig (Mervyn Johns) senses impending doom as his half-remembered recurring dream turns into reality. The guests at the country house encourage him to stay as they take turns telling supernatural tales.
On a Greek island during the 1912 war, several people are trapped by quarantine for the plague. If that isn't enough worry, one of the people, a superstitious old peasant woman, suspects ... See full summary »
A wealthy banker throws his wife's expensive fur coat off the roof of a building; it lands on the head of a stenographer, leading to everyone assuming she is his mistress and has access to his millions.
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
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The character of Miss Holloway has been cited as a lesbian caricature. For a detailed study, see Patricia White's book "Uninvited: Classical Hollywood Cinema and Lesbian Representability" (Indiana University Press, 1999; ISBN 0-253-21345-2). See more »
The house seems to have no electricity, candles being needed for night movements. However, the radio broadcast signs off before Ray Milland's character lies down to sleep after dark. While the radio might be battery powered, in 1943 that technology, especially during war time, would have been unlikely. See more »
[as Pam and Rod walk into the empty studio room]
Well, now we know... the one ugly room in the house!
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To Stella by Starlight
Music by Victor Young
Played on piano by Ray Milland (dubbed) and heard as a main theme in the score.
Richard Hayman and his Orchestra performed the music. Richard Hayman also played the harmonica solo in the piece. See more »
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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