The Uninvited (16-Oct-1944)|
Director: Lewis Allen
Writers: Dodie Smith; Frank Partos
From novel: Uneasy Freehold by Dorothy Macardle
Music Score: Victor Young
Keywords: Mystery, Ghost
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Review by Clifton Reed (posted on 10-Feb-2005)
Last Sunday, I was watching the Turner Network, which I do not usually do. They were featuring films that had won the Academy Award for best cinematography. One such film, The Uninvited was featured that day.
The film is basically a ghost story that is well done and acceptable to modern day movie fans. However, that was not the major excitement of the film for me.
I am a jazz fan and musician who loves to play American standards. This film has a theme song that will be near and dear to the heart of any jazz musician who studies their fake book. Because I was not alive during the popularity of the film, finding the origin of a song is really exciting.
The film's protagonist played by Gail Russell (Stella), is a shy and unassuming character. In life she died a sad death to alcoholism. However, in this film, she was the center of the theme song, "Stella by Star Light".
Although the film maybe long forgotten; the song lives on. Any jazz musician is familiar with it; you may hear it played at any venue to this day. Victor Young was the song's composer, and it was a nice surprise to hear a piece of music that I am familiar with pop-up in an old movie.
It is nice to be surprised.
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