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Guest in the House (1944)

aka Guest in the House

"No girl has ever been called more names! That's Evelyn...the guest...who manages to throw her pretty shadow around where any man near must see it - and when it comes to a man she grants no rights to anyone but herself!"

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Details: 121 mins · English

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Cast:

Small Evelyn Heath
Small Douglas Proctor
Small Aunt Martha
Small Ann Proctor
No_movie_poster Doctor Dan Proctor
Small Miriam
Small Mr. Hackett
Small Hilda, the Maid
Small John, the Butler
No_movie_poster Lee Proctor

Crew:

No_movie_poster Lee Garmes Director of Photography
Small John Brahm Director
No_movie_poster Walter Hannemann Editor
No_movie_poster James E. Newcom Editor
No_movie_poster Hunt Stromberg Producer
No_movie_poster Werner Janssen Original Music Composer
No_movie_poster Dale Eunson Theatre Play
Small André De Toth Director

Taglines:

"No girl has ever been called more names! That's Evelyn...the guest...who manages to throw her pretty shadow around where any man near must see it - and when it comes to a man she grants no rights to anyone but herself!"

Plot:

Martha Proctor believes something evil has come to her home. Her nephew Dr. Dan Proctor arrives with his betrothed, Evelyn Heath, who is a frail invalid. Evelyn is introduced to Aunt Martha as well as Dan's older brother, Douglas, an illustrator, along with Douglas's wife Ann and his model, Miriam.

The women sympathize with Evelyn, knowing of the hard life she has had. Evelyn has bouts of hysteria, involving her fear of birds, and also keeps a secret diary in which she mocks her fiancee Dan and expresses a desire for Douglas instead.

While plotting to seduce Douglas, and accusing Dan of jealousy to make him leave, Evelyn next sets out to rid the house of Miriam, whom she sees as a rival. Her gossip succeeds in getting back to Aunt Martha and turning everyone's suspicions to Miriam, who departs.

Douglas then quarrels with Ann, driven apart by Evelyn's diabolical schemes. Evelyn goes so far as to destroy the goodbye note Ann has written to him. By the time everyone realizes who's behind all this and decide to commit Evelyn to an asylum, a hysterical Evelyn flees from the house, screaming, and plunges to her death.