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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.

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Lewis Allen

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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 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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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 »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Pamela Fitzgerald: [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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Connections

Referenced in Boy Meets World: The Uninvited (1994) See more »

Soundtracks

To Stella by Starlight
(uncredited)
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.
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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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