The Unseen (1945 film)
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|Directed by||Lewis Allen|
|Produced by||John Houseman|
|Screenplay by||Hagar Wilde|
|Based on||the novel Her Heart in Her Throat|
by Ethel Lina White
|Narrated by||Ray Collins|
|Music by||Ernst Toch|
|Cinematography||John F. Seitz|
|Edited by||Doane Harrison|
|Distributed by||Paramount Pictures|
The Unseen is a 1945 America film noir mystery film directed by Lewis Allen and starring Joel McCrea. It was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Sound Recording (Loren L. Ryder), and is based on the novel Midnight House (US title: Her Heart in Her Throat) by Ethel Lina White.
The film was Paramount's follow-up to The Uninvited (1944).
Raymond Chandler was one of the writers of the script.
At 11 Crescent Drive in a New England village, an unseen killer strangles a woman. Young Barnaby Fielding witnesses this from his window at 10 Crescent and later retrieves the victim's watch. His father, David, does not take the watch to police because in the past he had been suspected of murdering his wife. Barnaby's new governess, Elizabeth Howard, is unaware at first how attached the boy had become to her predecessor Maxine.
Marian Tygarth, a widow who owns the shuttered-up 11 Crescent, returns to put the house up for sale. Elizabeth, meantime, is accosted by an unseen man and confides in Dr. Evans, a neighbor.
Maxine is found dead and David is missing, causing police to consider him the prime suspect. Marian catches the killer in the act and becomes his next victim. Elizabeth tries to protect Barnaby from his father, whom she has come to love, but it turns out that Dr. Evans is the one responsible for the crimes.
- Joel McCrea as David Fielding
- Gail Russell as Elizabeth Howard
- Herbert Marshall as Dr. Charles Evans
- Phyllis Brooks as Maxine
- Isobel Elsom as Marian Tygarth
- Norman Lloyd as Jasper Goodwin
- Mikhail Rasumny as Chester
- Elisabeth Risdon as Mrs. Norris
- "The 18th Academy Awards (1946) Nominees and Winners". oscars.org. Retrieved 2011-08-19.
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