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The Uninvited (1944)




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In this film, Ray Milland and his sister Ruth Hussey buy a house on the Cornish seacoast, never suspecting that it is a "bad" house, subject to haunting. Before long, Milland and Hussey are visited by Gail Russell, whose late mother, it is said, is the house ghost.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Horror, Romance, Mystery & Suspense, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By:
Written By: Dodie Smith, Frank Partos
In Theaters:
On DVD: Apr 28, 2009
MCA Universal Home Video


Ray Milland
as Roderick Fitzgerald
Ruth Hussey
as Pamela Fitzgerald
Gail Russell
as Stella Meredith
Donald Crisp
as Cdr. Bench
Alan Napier
as Dr. Scott
Barbara Everest
as Lizzie Flynn
Jessica Newcombe
as Miss Ellis
John Kiernan
as Foreword Narrator
John Kieran
as Foreword Narrator
Rita Page
as Annie
David Clyde
as Boot Owner
Norman Ainsley
as Chauffeur
Evan Thomas
as Col. Carlton
Ottola Nesmith
as Mrs. Carlton
Evan P. Simpson
as Will Hardy
Moyna MacGill
as Mrs. Coatsworthy
Queenie Leonard
as Mrs. Taylor
Leyland Hodgson
as Taxi Driver
Holmes Herbert
as Charlie Jessup
Helena Grant
as Servant
George Kirby
as Gas Station Attendan...
Elizabeth Russell
as Portrait of Mary Mer...
Betty Farrington
as Mary Meredith
Lynda Grey
as Ghost of Mary Meredi...
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Critic Reviews for The Uninvited

All Critics (24) | Top Critics (7)

For modern audiences, the movie is more elegantly creepy than truly scary, but it still charms.

Full Review… | March 27, 2009
Newark Star-Ledger
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Philadelphia Inquirer
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New York Times
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Time Out
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Audience Reviews for The Uninvited

An large abandoned home on the stormy and mysterious English coast is the setting for this leisurely stroll into the supernatural as a curious team (brother and sister, do ya get that in films much?) stumble into a old unbelievable claim of the house being haunted. It can't be true, it just can't be. And that's just one reason why this is a decent flick, as it begins by embracing the doubt we all feel when the subject of ghosts come up ... before a slow descent into unknown territory. The thing moves right along too, w/o the draggy feel films this old usually have, and though the script is convoluted it ties together at the end okay. Wait for the twist, it's pretty good.

Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

Part ghost story and part who-dunnit mystery, 1944's "The Uninvited" takes the mind into the musty basements and cobwebbed corners of the dark unknown. Ray Milland and Ruth Hussey star as a brother and sister who stumble upon a great, abandoned seaside mansion on the English coast and quickly (or rather impulsively) decide to buy it. The owners, old commander Beech (Donald Crisp) and his granddaughter Stella (Gail Russell) seem to have very differing opinions of the old mansion and it's prospecive buyers, and it becomes all to clear there's more to the situation than meets the eye. The upstairs artist' studio, for example, has an air of depressing dankness in spite of it's great windows and spectacular view. There's also the matter of the mysterious cold draft that sets the hairs on the back of your neck on edge, even as it carries the scent of flowered perfume. It's here that the movie works most effectively, as characters squint and peer into impenetrable darkness, so we too in the audience do likewise, hoping to catch some glint off the tv screen as to what it is that menaces the young Stella and her friends. The Uninvited is very much a film of it's time, in that it never gets too dark or sinister. However, things like ouiji boards and seances are given quite effective use in the film. "The forces at work here are dangerous", and it's true. But what's more dangerous: hauntings and ghosts, or their effect on the human psyche? This film is more along the lines of "The Ghost and Mrs Muir" or perhaps even "The Thin Man" in terms of feeling and quality. Even though there are plenty of light-hearted 1940s moments, I can't deny the eeriness of this film.

Mr Awesome
Devon Bott

Super Reviewer


Wonderfully evocative atmosphere. Gail Russell has the perfect dreamy quality to fit the story.

jay nixon

Super Reviewer

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