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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

NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
Donald Crisp
27-Jul-1880 25-May-1974 Silent film actor, survived into talkies
Ruth Hussey
30-Oct-1911 19-Apr-2005 The Philadelphia Story
Ray Milland
3-Jan-1907 10-Mar-1986 The Lost Weekend
Alan Napier
7-Jan-1903 8-Aug-1988 Alfred on Batman
Gail Russell
21-Sep-1924 26-Aug-1961 Angel and the Badman
Cornelia Otis Skinner
30-May-1899 9-Jul-1979 Paris '90
Dorothy Stickney
21-Jun-1896 2-Jun-1998 Broadway star of Life With Father


Ray Milland   ...   Roderick Fitzgerald
Ruth Hussey   ...   Pamela Fitzgerald
Donald Crisp   ...   Cmdr. Beech
Cornelia Otis Skinner   ...   Miss Holloway
Dorothy Stickney   ...   Miss Bird
Barbara Everest   ...   Lizzie Flynn
Alan Napier   ...   Dr. Scott
and introducing
Gail Russell   ...   Stella Meredith


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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