The Uninvited (1943)

USA, 1943
35mm film, black and white, 1.37:1
mono, English

An American horror film directed by Lewis Allen.

Plot Summary

Brother and sister Roderick and Pamela Fitzgerald move into a long abandoned house by the sea and are soon haunted by strange sounds at nights. Roderick begins to fall in love with the daughter of the house’s previous owners – but she is the key to the mystery of what is really going on in the house, a mystery that deepens as the haunting becomes more terrifying.


Directed by: Lewis Allen
Copyright MCMXLIII [1943] by Paramount Pictures Inc.
A Paramount picture
Associate Producer: Charles Brackett
Screen Play by: Dodie Smith and Frank Partos
Based on the Novel [Uneasy Freehold] by: Dorothy Macardle
Assistant Director: C.C. Coleman [uncredited]
Director of Photography: Charles Lang Jr
Edited by: Doane Harrison
Music Score: Victor Young
Sound Recording: Hugo Grenzbach, John Cope
Western Electric Mirrorphonic
Costumes: Edith Head
Makeup Artist: Wally Westmore
Process Photography: Farciot Edouart
Art Direction: Hans Dreier, Ernst Fegté
Set Decorator: Stephen Seymour [uncredited]

Ray Milland (Roderick Fitzgerald)
Ruth Hussey (Pamela Fitzgerald)
Donald Crisp (Commander Beech)
Cornelia Otis Skinner (Miss Holloway)
Dorothy Stickney (Miss Bird)
Barbara Everest (Lizzie Flynn)
Alan Napier (Dr Scott)
Gail Russell (Stella Meredith)
Norman Ainsley [chauffeur – uncredited]
David Clyde [Ben – uncredited]
Betty Farrington [Mary Meredith – uncredited]
Helena Grant [servant – uncredited]
Lynda Grey [Mary Meredith (ghost) – uncredited]
Holmes Herbert [Charlie Jessup – uncredited]
Leyland Hodgson [cab driver – uncredited]
John Kieran [narrator – uncredited]
George Kirby [gas station attendant – uncredited]
Queenie Leonard [Mrs Taylor – uncredited]
Moyna MacGill [Mrs Coatsworthy – uncredited]
Ottola Nesmith [Mrs Carlton – uncredited]
Jessica Newcombe [Miss Ellis – uncredited]
Rita Page [maid – uncredited]
Elizabeth Russell [Mary Meredith (painting model) – uncredited]
Ivan F. Simpson [Will Hardy – uncredited]
Evan Thomas [Colonel Carlton – uncredited]


See also
Poltergeist (1982)


Fangoria no.166 (1977) pp.12-17 – interview with Lewis Allen (Welcoming The Uninvited by Tom Weaver)

Euro Gothic: Classics of Continental Horror Cinema by Jonathan Rigby p.158
Ghosts and Angels in Hollywood Films by James Robert Parish pp.351-352 – illustrated credits, synopsis, review
Reference Guide to Fantastic Films by Walt Lee p.513 – credits