Hello, everybody.  Joe Morella and Frank Segers, your classic movie guys, here to announce that at last we may have solved the mystery.

And, we freely admit that we cannot take the credit.  As you’ll see, one of our alerts readers came to our rescue.

From Gwendolyn Lewis, we received on Nov. 27 the following head-scratcher: In 1966, I was around 7 or 8 years old. I  saw a movie with a little girl who could see and talk to a ghost who was a woman.

Her father did not believe her at first. The other part I remember is an older woman set a house on fire to kill the little girl but the woman ghost came an rescued her, and the house burned and fell in the sea.

And at the end, she and the father could see the lady ghost and I think she went to heaven. The year may have been 40s or 50s for the movie. Thank you.

Thank you, Gwendolyn. Must say, you stumped us. And we couldn’t come up with a title for you off the top of our collective heads. So it’s nice to see one of our ever vigilant readers coming up with a possible answer.

Here’s C.N. McKinney:  This may be too late to do any good, but could the film the woman was remembering seeing as a child be (1944’s) The Uninvited” with Ruth Hussey and Ray Milland? (The plot she mentioned was about a girl who talked to a ghost and the house later burned down and fell into the sea).

I just discovered your website through the blog roll at “Thrilling Days of Yesteryear.” It’s marvelous! It’s great fun to read–but plays heck with my productivity. Thank you both for the love and effort you put into your work.

Sounds like you may be on to our first reader’s remembrance, C.N.  Although the plot is not quite the same it is close.  The Uninvited was a Paramount production, directed by Lewis Allen based on a novel (Uneasy Freehold) by Dorothy Macardle.  It’s a great old classics with one of the top hit songs  of the period, “Stella by Starlight,” although in the film it’s strictly instrumental. C. N. forgot to mention that the other star of the movie was the beautiful Gail Russell (above).

Many thanks C.N., and we much appreciate your kind words.  Now you know why we love answering reader email.  So, please, keep ’em coming.


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