1944—Lewis Allen, director—starring Ray Milland, Ruth Hussey, Gail Russell, Donald Crisp and Cornelia Otis Skinner
The novel Uneasy Freehold, by Irish writer Dorothy Macardle, was released in the U.S. as The Uninvited; and the 1944 film based on it enjoyed critical and box office success. This fascinating ghost story/mystery story/love story broke the mold for Hollywood movies by treating its supernatural elements with perfect seriousness. It also offers a number of interesting perspectives on male-female and female-female relationships (including a lesbian subtext). And it “introduced” screen beauty Gail Russell (whose tragic life ended at age 36), and the tune which became the song “Stella by Starlight”.