The Haunting (1963)

35mm film, Panavision (anamorphic), black and white, 2.35:1
mono, English

An American/British horror film directed by Robert Wise. Production began on 4 October 1962 and the film was released in the UK on 10 January 1964 in London's West End and on 19 January 1964 in North London.

Plot Summary

Three young people join Dr John Markway in investigating the supposedly haunted Hill House. One of them, the insecure and neurotic Eleanor, forms a psychic bond with the house that leaves her open to the forces that stalk the musty corridors. It soon becomes clear that none of them had any idea what they were dealing with as the haunting forces begin to make themselves felt and heard…


* = uncredited

Directed by: Robert Wise
© MCMLXIII [1963] by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc. and Argyle Enterprises Inc.
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer presents a Robert Wise production. An Argyle Enterprises picture
Producer: Robert Wise *
Associate Producer: Denis Johnson
Screenplay by: Nelson Gidding
Based on the Novel “The Haunting of Hill House” by: Shirley Jackson
Assistant Director: David Tomblin
Continuity: Hazel Swift
Director of Photography: Davis Boulton
Camera Operator: Alan McCabe
Editor: Ernest Walter
Music Composed and Conducted by: Humphrey Searle
Recording Supervisor: A.W. Watkins
Sound Recordist: Gerry Turner
Dubbing Mixer: J.B. Smith
Dubbing Editor: Allan Sones
Wardrobe Supervisor: Maude Churchill
Claire Bloom's Clothes by: Mary Quant
Make-up: Tom Smith
Hairdresser: Joan Johnstone
Special Effects: Tom Howard
Production Designer: Elliot Scott
Set Decorator: John Jarvis
Sketch Artist: Ivor Beddoes
Locations: Ettington Park, England, UK *
Studio: Borehamwood Studios, UK *
Casting Director: Irene Howard

Julie Harris (Eleanor Lance)
Claire Bloom (Theodora)
Richard Johnson (Dr John Markway)
Russ Tamblyn (Luke Sanderson)
Fay Compton (Mrs Sanderson)
Rosalie Crutchley (Mrs Dudley)
Lois Maxwell (Grace Markway)
Valentine Dyall (Mr Dudley)
Diane Clare (Carrie Fredericks)
Ronald Adam (Eldridge Harper)
Pamela Buckley [1st Mrs Crain] *
Amy Dalby [Abigail at age 80] *
Rosemary Dorken [companion] *
Verina Greenlaw [Dora Fredericks] *
Claude Jones [garage attendant] *
Freda Knorr [second Mrs Crain] *
Howard Lang [Hugh Crain] *
Janet Mansell [Abgail at age 6] *
Paul Maxwell [Bud Fredericks] *
Susan Richard [nurse] *
Mavis Villiers [landlady] *

The Haunting (1999)

See also
Event Horizon (1997)
Evil Dead II (1987)
Fallen (1998)
Invisible Mom II (1999)
Psycho (1960)
Waxwork II: Lost in Time (1992)


Amateur Cine World vol.7 no.6 (6 February 1964) p.177 – review
American Cinematographer vol.80 no.8 (August 1999) pp.82-88 – illustrated credits, article
Cinefantastique vol.29 no.4/5 (October 1997) pp.72-79, 125 – illustrated article
Creative Screenwriting vol.6 no.4 (July / August 1999) pp.32-37 – illustrated article
The Daily Cinema no.8849 (9 December 1963) p.6 – review
The Daily Cinema no.8859 (6-7 January 1964) p.6 – note (General Releases – North London); note (Trade Shows)
The Daily Cinema no.8860 (8-9 January 1964) pp.3, 9 – note (Trade Shows)
The Daily Cinema no.8862 (13-14 January 1964) pp.4; 15 – illustrated note (Commentary by Observer); note (General Releases – North London)
The Daily Cinema no.8863 (15-16 January 1964) p.8 – note (“The Haunting” release Sunday)
The Daily Cinema
no.8867 (24-25 January 1964) p.11 – note (“Haunting” in record style)
no.185 (August 1999) pp.12-17, 82 – illustrated interview with Nelson Gidding (The original ghostwriter by Tom Weaver)
Film and TV Technician
vol.29 no.227 (December 1963) – credits
Film Daily
vol.123 no.37 (22 August 1963) p.7 – review
Film Quarterly Winter 1963/1964 p.44 – review
Filmfax no.49 (March/April 1995) pp.30, 32 – illustrated article
Films and Filming no.397 (October 1987) p.11 – review
Flesh and Blood no.5 (September 1995) p.10 – illustrated article
The Hollywood Reporter vol.176 no.38 (21 August 1963) p.3 – review
Journal of Popular Film and Television vol.30 no.3 (Autumn 2002) pp.166-176 – illustrated article
Kine Weekly no.2876 (15 November 1962) p.18 – note
Kine Weekly no.2878 (29 November 1962) p.4 – credits
Kine Weekly no.2932 (12 December 1963) p.8 – review
Monthly Film Bulletin vol.31 no.360 (January 1964) p.5 – credits, synopsis, review
Motion Picture Herald vol.230 no.9 (2 October 1963) p.898 – review
Sight & Sound vol.4 no.2 (February 1994) p.43 – illustrated article
Starburst no.58 (June 1983) pp.44-46 – illustrated article
Variety 21 August 1963 – credits, synopsis, review

by Walt Lee p.186 – credits

Other sources
British National Film Catalogue
vol.2 (1964) – credits, synopsis