The Night Comes Too Soon (November 30, 1946)
Released on November 30, 1946: The only empty house that a young couple in post World War II England can find is haunted by three ghosts.
Produced by Harold Baim
Directed by Denis Kavanagh
Written by Edwin George Bulwer-Lytton with screenplay by Pat Dixon
The Actors: Valentine Dyall (Dr. George Clinton), Anne Howard (Phyllis), Alec Faversham (John), Howard Douglas (Frank Morley), Beatrice Marsden (Mrs. Paxton), Arthur Brander (Mr. Paxton), Anthony Baird (Lionel Waddell), Frank Dunlop (unknown), David Keir (the realtor), Monti DeLyle (the ghost of Rinaldo Sabata ), Nina Erber (the ghost of Marianna Sabata ), John Desmond (the ghost of The Sailor )
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Do You Believe?
My papa was a preacher, and preachers long ago dealt daily with the Divine . . . and the Profane. When I was a child in the 1950's and 1960's there was no television in my bedroom, there wasn't a game console in my bedroom, there was no family room in the house - the family stayed together downstairs until time to go to bed. Dad didn't have a library or office in the parsonage, so whenever Dad was talking with visitors at our home I was taught to always stay quiet and just listen - don't disturb the conversation - let the adults talk without interruption. As a result I sat quietly many evenings listening to conversations that I might have been better off not hearing. My father believed in the power of the Almighty . . . and the power of Demons from Hell. I remember one night when a parishioner knocked at our door and after greeting him Dad took him to the kitchen where Mom made some coffee and the fellow told my father about his experience during the past night. He was awakened from a deep sleep to discover cold hands gripping his feet and trying to pull him out of bed. He reacted quickly by wrapping his arms around the bars behind his head that made up part of the headboard. As an icy hand gripped each ankle and pulled, he tightened his grip on the headboard and held on for dear life. Beside him his wife slept silently not knowing that her husband was in a mighty struggle. After a few minutes the terrible tugging stopped as suddenly as it had begun. The man jumped out of bed and ran to the doorway to turn on the light switch. With heart beating out of his chest he searched the room and then the whole house but could find no evidence of a break-in or anything that would indicate that someone was in the house. He stayed awake the rest of the night with every light in the house blazing brightly, and now he was visiting his pastor to share his experience and search for any wisdom about what had happened.
This British ghost story was filmed in an historic mansion that was said to be really haunted by King James I. In our story a young married couple is searching in vain for a home to live in. World War II had just ended and soldiers were returning to England in record numbers to marry their sweethearts and start creating the Baby-Boom generation, and housing was at a premium. The young couple finally finds an old mansion called Rammelsham Hall that was built by Rinaldo Sabata two hundred years earlier. It seems that Sabata and his wife were necromancers . . . people who studied the dark arts of spirits and fortune telling and talking to the dead. They discover that the house is haunted by the original owner, his wife, and a sailor who had an affair with the wife. Do you believe? Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with plenty of warm melted butter drizzled over it and enjoy the spooks.
Rammelsham Hall history
Rammelsham Hall in England
Alec Faversham sees Nina Eber
Anne Howard and Alec Faversham
Anne Howard sees John Desmond
Arthur Brander and Beatrice Marsden
Arthur Brander and Beatrice Marsden
Howard Douglas, Anne Howard and Alec Faversham