The Unseen (1945 film)

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The Unseen
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Theatrical release poster
Directed byLewis Allen
Produced byJohn Houseman
Written byAdaptation:
Hagar Wilde
Ken Englund
Screenplay byHagar Wilde
Raymond Chandler
Based onthe novel Her Heart in Her Throat
by Ethel Lina White
StarringJoel McCrea
Gail Russell
Herbert Marshall
Narrated byRay Collins
Music byErnst Toch
CinematographyJohn F. Seitz
Edited byDoane Harrison
Distributed byParamount Pictures
Release date
  • May 12, 1945 (1945-05-12) (United States)
Running time
80 minutes
CountryUnited States

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),[1] 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.



  1. ^ "The 18th Academy Awards (1946) Nominees and Winners". Retrieved 2011-08-19.

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