The House That Would Not Die

The House That Would Not Die is a 1970 American made-for-TV horror film starring Barbara Stanwyck (in her television film debut), Richard Egan, Michael Anderson Jr. and Kitty Winn. It premiered as the ABC Movie of the Week on October 27, 1970.[1]

The House That Would Not Die
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Based onAmmie Come Home by Barbara Michaels
Written byHenry Farrell
Directed byJohn Llewellyn Moxey
StarringBarbara Stanwyck
Richard Egan
Michael Anderson Jr.
Kitty Winn
Music byLaurence Rosenthal
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
Producer(s)Aaron Spelling
CinematographyFleet Southcott
Editor(s)Art Seid
Running time74 minutes
Production company(s)Aaron Spelling Productions
Original networkABC
Original releaseOctober 27, 1970 (1970-10-27)

Henry Farrell, author of What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?, wrote the teleplay based on the 1968 novel Ammie Come Home by Barbara Michaels, one of several pseudonyms used by author Barbara Mertz.


Ruth Bennett has inherited an old house in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania in the Amish country. She moves in to the house with Sara Dunning, her niece. The house was built during the Revolutionary era and is said to be haunted by the spirits of its original inhabitants who are disinclined towards hospitality. With the help of Pat McDougal, a local professor and Stan Whitman, one of his students, they delve into the history of the house and find a scandal that involves a Revolutionary War General Douglas Campbell, who was suspected of being involved with British enemies, and his daughter Amanda "Ammie", who was presumed to have disappeared after eloping with her boyfriend Anthony. The spirits of Campbell and Ammie take possession of Pat's and Sara's bodies, and it is learned that the general killed Anthony and Ammie the night they tried to elope.


Filming location

The House That Would Not Die was filmed at Paramount Studios in Hollywood, California.


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