The Unseen (1945 film)

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The Unseen
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Theatrical release poster
Directed by Lewis Allen
Produced by John Houseman
Written by Adaptation:
Hagar Wilde
Ken Englund
Screenplay by Hagar Wilde
Raymond Chandler
Based on the novel Her Heart in Her Throat
by Ethel Lina White
Starring Joel McCrea
Gail Russell
Herbert Marshall
Narrated by Ray Collins
Music by Ernst Toch
Cinematography John F. Seitz
Edited by Doane Harrison
Distributed by Paramount Pictures
Release date
  • May 12, 1945 (1945-05-12) (United States)
Running time
80 minutes
Country United States
Language English

The Unseen is a 1945 film directed by Lewis Allen that starred 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.

The boy's new governess, Elizabeth Howard, is unaware at first how attached Barnaby had become to Maxine, his former one. And the boy's father, David, does not take the watch to police because in the past he had been suspected of murdering his wife.

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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