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The Uninvited

The Uninvited

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.
Stars: Lewis Allen
Country: United States
Language: EnglishSpanish
Year: 1944
Time: 99 min
IMDb: 7.4/10

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.
Plot Keywords: f-rated / house / spanish / haunting / composer
Taglines: From the Most Popular Mystery Romance since “Rebecca”!
Certificate: Argentina:16 | Australia:PG | Brazil:14 (DVD rating) | Canada:PG (video rating) | Finland:K-16 | France:Tous publics | Japan:PG-12 (video rating) | Philippines:PG-13 (MTRCB) | Singapore:PG (video rating) | South Africa:PG (video rating) | Sweden:15 | United Kingdom:PG (video) | United Kingdom:A | United States:Not Rated | United States:Passed (National Board of Review) | United States:Approved | United States:TV-PG (TV rating) | West Germany:16
Cast: Ray Milland , Ruth Hussey , Donald Crisp , Cornelia Otis Skinner , Dorothy Stickney , Barbara Everest , Alan Napier , Gail Russell , David Clyde , Betty Farrington , Helena Grant , Lynda Grey , Holmes Herbert , Leyland Hodgson , John Kieran , Queenie Leonard , Moyna MacGill , Jessica Newcombe , Rita Page , Elizabeth Russell , Ivan F. Simpson , Evan Thomas

Details

Company: Paramount Pictures
Country: United States
Language: English , Spanish
Released Date: 01 Sep 1944 (Argentina)
Year: 1944
Film Location: Phoenix, Arizona, USA

Technical Specs

Runtime: 99 min
Soundmix: Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)
Color: Black and White
Aspect Ratio: 1.37 : 1

User Review:

Claudio Carvalho » In 1937, the composer and music critic Roderick Fitzgerald (Ray Milland) and his sister Pamela Fitzgerald (Ruth Hussey) are spending a holiday on the English coast. When their dog chases a squirrel, they need to break in an abandoned manor named Windward House and Pamela immediately falls in love with the real state and convinces her brother to invest his savings purchasing the house.

They seek out the owner, Commander Beech (Donald Crisp), who lives with his twenty year-old granddaughter Stella Meredith (Gail Russell) far from the house, and he accepts their offer and sells the house for a very low price. Soon Roderick and Pamela move to the Windward House and he and Stella falls in love with each other. Roderick and Pamela also discover that the house is haunted and in Roderick's studio they feel a chill and near dawn they overhear uncanny sobs of a woman. They investigate and learn that a tragedy happened in the manor: Stella's father had an affair with a Spanish model and her mother died falling of the rocky coast and the model died of pneumonia. They also discover that the house is haunted by two ghosts, one of them evil and the other one trying to protect Stella.

"The Uninvited" is a creepy ghost story, with a great performances and a good story. The mystery is predictable and is not difficult to guess who the evil ghost is, but the movie has many scenes that startle the viewer and is supported by a magnificent cinematography in black and white. In accordance with a documentary about "The Uninvited", Gail Russell was a shy actress and her personality helped her in her performance since she was really scared. The serenade "To Stella by Starlight", by Victor Young, is another plus of this movie. Further, "The Uninvited" is the first Hollywood movie to take ghosts seriously since until this date this theme was explored in comedies. My vote is nine.

Title (Brazil): "O Solar das Almas Perdidas" ("The Manor of the Lost Souls")
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