Guest in the House (1944)





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John Brahm's melodrama stars Anne Baxter as an unstable young woman who becomes obsessed with her doctor's married brother (Ralph Bellamy) while staying at the physician's home.
Classics , Drama , Mystery & Suspense
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United Artists

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Blake Edwards
as Soldier
Vincent Price
as Marion
Ruth Warrick
as Ann Proctor
Anne Baxter
as Evelyn Heath
Ray Collins
as Deckman West
Ralph Bellamy
as Douglas Proctor
Dickie Moore
as Zip West
William Eythe
as Quizz West
Ruth Nelson
as Nell West
John Archer
as Carter
Aline MacMahon
as Aunt Martha
Percy Kilbride
as John the Butler
Michael O'Shea
as Sgt. Mulveroy
Margaret Hamilton
as Hilda the Maid
Jerome Cowan
as Mr. Hackett
Scott McKay
as Dan Proctor
George Mathews
as Sgt. Ruby
Murray Alper
as Sgt. Kriven
Connie Laird
as Lee Proctor
Joann Dolan
as Lill Bird
Bob Bailey
as Cpl. Tate
Toni Favor
as Sal Bird
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Critic Reviews for Guest in the House

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How things get resolved is for the birds.

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Audience Reviews for Guest in the House


This could have been a good movie, if not for the fact that the audience knows that a doctor keeping a woman at his house to treat her is ridiculous, this could have been a good movie. I mean, why wasn't she kept at the hospital? That's weird.

Aj V
Aj V

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Guest in the House (aka "Satan in Skirts") Starring: Anne Baxter and Ralph Bellamy Director: John Brahm Douglas (Bellamy) invites the ill fiance (Baxter) of his brother to spend the summer with him and his family at their house on the New England coast, so the fresh air and relaxation can speed her recovery. The twisted, mentally unstable woman is soon secretly manipulating everyone in the household, turning them against one another, all so she may possess the house and Douglas for herself. "Guest in the House" is a slow-burn melodrama where the viewers watch one evil, mentally deranged woman gradually destroy the love between members of a happy home (where even the servants and employees are treated as though they are part of the family). Although some of her manipulations are so clumsy and should have been easy for the other characters to see through (and thus the believability of the story is strained a bit), it is engrossing to watch Baxter's character gradually poison the mood in the house and increasingly isolate Douglas from everyone else by sowing doubts and suspicion. I did find myself wondering, however, if Anne Baxter had more than one facial expression and vocal intonation in her bag of acting tools. It seemed like she wore same expression for most of the film (except for teh occisonal smile) and it wasn't until the final scenes that she seemed to be doing anything but running lines. Anne Baxter aside (and it's a big thing to set aside, as she's the film's co-star), the rest of the cast performed nicely. Bellamy seemed slightly miscast, but he played the part as the kindhearted, somewhat oblivious artist, husband, and father. The staging and lighting of the scenes was also nicely done. In fact, it's only the entirely too slow of the movie's first hour that lands the film at the low end of average as far as my rating goes.

Steve Miller
Steve Miller

Moody and atmospheric, nice cast, but Ralph Bellamy is miscast. Excellent score. A bit overlong, but it was never boring. Great lighting.

James Higgins
James Higgins

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