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The Uninvited

Released 1944
Distributor Paramount Pictures

Directed by Lewis Allen, this elegant ghost story from 1944 is a consistently creepy yet surprisingly moving study of a dysfunctional family whose problems extend into the afterlife. Ray Milland is the skeptical but good-humored leading man and sad-eyed Gail Russell plays the troubled young woman whose mother may (or may not be) haunting her. Stella By Starlight, written especially for this film, went on to become a jazz standard, even showing up as the theme song for The Nutty Professor in 1963.

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About Larry Cohen

The prolific writer-producer-director Larry Cohen began his career in television creating hit shows like Branded and The Invaders.  His feature career took off with the killer baby trio of It’s Alive and two sequels.  Among his movie credits are Q – The Winged Serpent, Full Moon High, The Private Life of J. Edgar Hoover, Return to Salem’s Lot, Hell Up in Harlem and the screenplays for Phone Booth and Cellular.  He also wrote and directed the Masters of Horror episode, Pick Me Up. Larry passed away on March 23, 2019.