"I think there's a 99.9% chance that you are correct. And yet, the OP responded with seeming clarity and honesty that, although The Uninvited "is similar," nevertheless, "it isn't the one i was wanting;" and,…"
""As it happens, the movie -- which is one of the best of all Hollywood ghost stories -- inspired me to read the original book that inspired it. Yes, it has elements of the old house-on-the-hilltop romance novel, but the movie made from it is…"
"Yes, that's possible. But, the reason for that scenario to be unlikely is due to the power of the studios in those days. When a studio bought the rights to a story, their claim to that story was more exclusive in those days.…"
"It's theoretically possible that there were two (2) movies released in the 1940's based on the same book (Uneasy Freehold, 1942); one of the movies, The Uninvited, became hugely popular, while the other mystery movie languished in…"
"Every touch has an analogue in The Uninvited.
The woman's name is "Carmel", not "Carmella". The scent you refer to is, indeed, the mimosa that Wally Hunt mentions. All the particulars of the film as you describe them…"
"Well, if you find out the name of it, please post. I am so very skeptical of this that I will go record and say that I'll buy it for you, and add a crisp $50 bill, and mail them to a PO box of your liking! I ALWAYS pay up, too. Good luck!"
"Ya, I saw that one and although it is similar it isnt the one i was wanting. The one that I saw (and btw i am female) is very old and the film has spots on it, like it was almost ruined but saved. The family was spanish also. i dont know if that…"
"Side note: The Uninvited (1944) is out-of-print on DVD, now. I have it. It is not on NetFlix. I am sure that it will be re-released. The Spiral Staircase went through the same cycle 5 years ago. It has been re-released."
"Yes, he was confident! There are several movies of this ilk (and B/W period) which have an heiress moving into the masion plot. but, none of them, of which I know, has any of the other elements. That's why I am so confident. :)
"Well, now I'm curious whether the opening poster (bertNernie) was 100% certain when he responded "Nope, seen that one. Not it ..." He seemed quite confident.
But I agree that it's easy to overlap and confuse the various…"
"I've collected movies of this genre for the past 30 years and I've never seen it or heard of it. I've been a bit of a nut for these neo-gothic thrillers since I was a child.The other genre that I watch a lot of (also, buy) is film…"
"The most compelling similarity is the name "Carmel" (viz "Carmella"). OTOH, the opening post stipulates that the haunted house was "inherited," but there was no inheritance in The Uninvited (and there are other…"
"Really, are you sure?
I do not know if there is more than one movie involving mothers, scents of flowers (worn by dead mothers), 2 different woman ghosts, and confusion about which ghost is which. Oh, well... I've seen this film many times. One…"
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"Four Sons (1940)In some ways this is similar to The Mortal Storm (1940) in which a German family is torn apart when the adopted sons of a Jewish professor join the Nazis. In Four Sons, which begins in Czechoslovakia just before the Nazi…"