1. A great setting.
5. Effective use of light and shadow.
6. A possible ethereal presence.
The cast features Alan Napier as a doctor. Napier had a long, successful film career, but is best remembered for playing the very reliable butler Alfred to Batman in the 1960s TV series.
One of the scariest characters of the movie is Miss Holloway (Cornelia Otis Skinner), who is unfortunately in charge of a sanitorium named for Stella’s mother, Mary, for whom she has an unnatural affection reminiscent of Mrs. Danvers to Rebecca.
Most of the performers are solid except for Gail Russell. The Uninvited is not a masterpiece, but it has all of the elements needed to make it a recommended viewing for those who enjoy a good ghost story.