The Uninvited (1944) and the dangers of subpar equipment
I haven’t posted in a bit. As soon as Wonderworks finished, I had to spend a week installing video projectors and cabling in a building with no air conditioning. Texas, summer, no a/c makes for long days. 35 hours work over two and a half days, but at least five hours of that were completely wasted. You see, I needed to make a cat 5 connector to replace a bad connector on a cable. I ended up needing to make two connectors, one on an end accessible on by ladder and the other on an end accessible by climbing behind a desk. It was a pain and not something I’m used to doing. I wasted several hours screwing up or learning depending on your viewpoint. Finally, I gave in and went to Home Depot to purchase a cable tester to verify what I was doing was right. I sprang for the expensive cable tester. I got the $84 Klein Tools VDV Scout Pro Tester Kit. I made a new connection and was pretty confident I finally had it down. Tested the cable. Nope. Redid the ends traveling from a ladder upstairs to behind a desk downstairs. Tested the cable. Nope. Did it again.Tested the cable. Nope.Again.Tested the cable. Nope.Again.Tested the cable. Nope.Tookphotoverifyingconnections.Testedthecable.NOPE.TriedfemalejackswithpremadeconnectorsTestedthecable.Nope. Quit. Went home. Now, I began the cable making process too late in the day with too little in the way of mental faculties. So, I hope I would have been able to trouble shoot things if I had started fresh on the cable first thing rather than after having already put in a good ten hours. The next morning I had someone else put on the ends. They were awake and alert enough to realize THE BRAND NEW CABLE TESTER WAS BAD!!!!!! Five hours playing my own crappy version of real life chutes and ladders with no chutes, just stairs and ladders because I had a freaking bad cable tester. Yesterday, I even went back to the photograph I had of one iteration of my cable connection. I had made it correctly. I had at least one correct version somewhere in that five hour span that I must had clipped off and destroyed because of a bad tester. Lesson learned” test your cable tester on a cable you know works. Oh and never, ever buy a Klein Tools VDV Scout Pro Tester Kit.
Anyway, this morning I woke up to find that Criterion will be putting out a BluRay reprint of The Uninvited, a wonderful ghost story/ haunted house tale starring Ray Miland and Ruth Hussy. Wonderful story, great cinematography and very charming.
I’ll let the Criterion folks explain the story: “A pair of siblings (Ray Milland and Ruth Hussey) from London purchase a surprisingly affordable, lonely cliff-top house in Cornwall, only to discover that it actually carries a ghostly price; soon they’re caught up in a bizarre romantic triangle from beyond the grave. Rich in atmosphere, The Uninvited, directed by Lewis Allen, was groundbreaking for the seriousness with which it treated the haunted-house genre, and it remains an elegant and eerie experience, featuring a classic score by Victor Young. A tragic family past, a mysteriously locked room, cold chills, bumps in the night—this gothic Hollywood classic has it all.”
There is a jazz standard Stella By Starlight that makes its first appearance here. The link will take play Miles Davis performing the song. I don’t have the rights, but you are welcome to send me a cease and desist letter if you like and I will most likely lose it.
You can pre-order The Uninvited from Amazon and get it on its Oct. 22 release date.