The legendary Chicago-based horror host will be showcasing the 1944 ghost drama “The Uninvited.” The fun starts Sat., March 18 at 10 p.m. Eastern/9 p.m. Central on Me-TV Network.
“The Uninvited” was directed by Lewis Allen. Charles Brackett was the associate producer of Allen’s film. The screenwriters were Dodie Smith and Frank Partos. Smith and Partos’ screenplay adaptation was based off of Dorothy Macardle’s novel.
Who was in “The Uninvited?”
The actors who appeared in “The Uninvited” were Ray Milland (as Roderick “Rick” Fitzgerald), Ruth Hussey (as Pamela Fitzgerald), Donald Crisp (as Commander Beech), Cornelia Otis Skinner (as Miss Holloway), Dorothy Stickney (as Miss Bird), Barbara Everest (as Lizzie Flynn), Alan Napier (as Dr. Scott) and Gail Russell (as Stella Meredith).
Gail Russell made her screen debut one year before in “Henry Aldrich Gets Glamour,” part of the studio’s “Henry Aldrich” film series, which was adapted from the popular radio sitcom (though Paramount’s publicity department noted that “The Uninvited” was Russell’s “introductory” film in posters and in the trailer for the feature).
Some interesting facts about “The Uninvited”
According to the American Film Institute’s entry on “The Uninvited,” Paramount contract player Veronica Lake was originally considered for a leading part in Allen’s film adaptation of Macardle’s novel.
According to IMDB’s trivia portal on “The Uninvited,” several interior sets for Allen’s film were remodeled from a previous film, Rene Clair’s 1942 comedy “I Married a Witch” (which featured Veronica Lake and Fredric March).
Three years after “The Uninvited” was released, singer Frank Sinatra released a recording of the song from the film (which was originally composed by Victor Young for the feature), titled “Stella by Starlight.” Sinatra’s rendition was released on Columbia Records in 1947 with added lyrics by Ned Washington.
Watch Svengoolie’s showcase of “The Uninvited” this Sat. on Me-TV!
With a well-known cast including Ray Milland, Ruth Hussey, Donald Crisp, Cornelia Otis Skinner, Dorothy Stickney, Barbara Everest, Alan Napier and Gail Russell; you will not want to miss the film of ghostly proportions (along with Sven’s fun facts and skits all the way from Berwyn)! You will not want to miss Svengoolie’s showcase of “The Uninvited” this Sat. on Me-TV!
Sat., March 18 at 10 p.m. Eastern/9 p.m. Central on Me-TV
In the Frederick/Washington, D.C. area: WJLA-TV 7.2/Comcast 204
In the Baltimore, Maryland area: WBAL-TV 11.2/Cable 208 (“Svengoolie” is time-delayed due to TV-11’s 10 p.m. newscast on their Me-TV subchannel)
“The Uninvited” is also available on DVD and Blu-Ray disc from The Criterion Collection (under license from Universal Studios, owners of the pre-1949 Paramount sound feature film library)
“Svengoolie” will be mentioned on “Jeopardy!” this Thurs.!
Fellow fans of Svengoolie will want to tune in to “Jeopardy!” this Thurs., March 16 as Sven will be mentioned in one of the questions (related to the category of “Characters in Books”) for the “Double Jeopardy!” segment of the show. Sven mentioned this on his showcase of “Phantom of the Opera” (he also wrote about it on his blog post of “Phantom”) last week!
“Jeopardy!” can be seen in the Frederick/Washington area this Thurs. on WJLA-TV 7 at 7:30 p.m. In the Baltimore area, “Jeopardy!” airs at 7 p.m. on WBFF-TV 45. The official website of “Jeopardy!” has a zip code finder for time and channel availability) for stations carrying the show from coast-to-coast).