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The House That Would Not Die (1970)

Not Rated | | Horror | TV Movie 27 October 1970
A woman and her niece move into an ancestral house in the Amish countryside haunted by two ghosts from the Revolutionary War.

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Henry Farrell, Barbara Michaels (novel)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Barbara Stanwyck ... Ruth Bennett
Richard Egan ... Pat McDougal
Michael Anderson Jr. ... Stan Whitman
Kitty Winn ... Sara Dunning (as Katherine Winn)
Doreen Lang Doreen Lang ... Sylvia Wall
Mabel Albertson ... Mrs. McDougal
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This movie centers on Ruth Bennett and her niece Sara Dunning. They move into the house of Ruth's recently deceased aunt and shortly thereafter they learn the house is possessed by two ghosts of the original owners who were from the time of the Revolutionary War. Shortly after arriving Ruth discovers a family Bible hidden in a secret compartment of a roll top desk. Contained within is the name of the original owner which includes the name of his deceased wife and also a name that has been crossed out in ink. As the movie progresses we learn the identity of this person and the reason for it being obliterated through the possession of niece Sara and Pat McDougal. Written by Kelly E.F. Wiebe <senhue@mts.ca>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 October 1970 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Das Geisterhaus See more »

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Mono

Color:

Color

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The German poster features an image of Jessica Harper from Suspiria (1977). See more »

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A boom mic is briefly visible on the windshield of Richard Egan's car when he meets Barbara Stanwyck and Michael Anderson Jr. outside the Hall of Records. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Biography: Barbara Stanwyck: Straight Down the Line (1997) See more »

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Tidy TV-made ghost story, matter-of-factly presented
10 March 2013 | by moonspinner55See all my reviews

Barbara Stanwyck stars in this curious ghost story, produced for television by Aaron Spelling. She plays a secretary who, along with her college-age niece, moves into an old country estate she inherited from her hermit cousin...but an eerie, malevolent force presides in the house, and a spirit is unleashed (perhaps by a séance) that overtakes the girl. Henry Farrell adapted this teleplay from Barbara Michaels' novel, "Ammie, Come Home", which is rather top-heavy with wind-machine effects and centuries-old discoveries in dark rooms. The plot is laid out in a connect-the-dots fashion which mitigates against real suspense, although Richard Egan is scarily intense whenever his professor becomes possessed by a murderer. The young woman is played by a debuting Katherine Winn who, three years later (as Kitty Winn), dealt with possession and exorcism again as a cast member of "The Exorcist". Stanwyck is disappointing--she pretty much walks through this one--but Egan is a good romantic match for her and the finale is tied-up well.


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