This photo is a fav around FAB, it’s Daphne du Maurier in 1944. . She looks totally freaked out or maybe just peeved that you’ve interrupted her. It put us in an All Hallow’s mood today.
So for those of you looking to brush up on your Classic ghost stories this year, get yourself a copy of the 1944 American supernatural mystery/romance film and Ray Milland classic The Uninvited directed by Lewis Allen. Charles Lang was nominated for a 1945 Academy Award for Best Black and White Cinematography.
The Uninvited (not to be confused with the more recent film which was released in 2009 and pretty awful)
was among the very first Hollywood feature films to portray a haunting as an authentic supernatural event.
Previously, ghosts were often played for comedy (The Ghost Goes West, 1936; Topper, 1937) or revealed to be practical jokes (Blondie Has Servant Trouble, 1940) or subterfuge to obscure an illegal activity (The Cat and the Canary, 1939; Abbott and Costello’s Hold That Ghost, 1941).
The Uninvited is based on the Dorothy Macardle novel Uneasy Freehold. The book can still be found for purchase, though it is difficult. (Often searches turn up a play based on the book, rather than the book). And, there are no eBook versions. If you love a good English thrill, this might be your Halloween treat!
(Daphne Photograph: Hans Wild/Time Life Pictures/Getty Images)