Things Happen at Night

Things Happen at Night is a 1947 British supernatural ghost comedy film directed by Francis Searle and starring Gordon Harker, Alfred Drayton, Robertson Hare and Gwynneth Vaughan.[1] The film is based upon a stage play, The Poltergeist, by Frank Harvey Jnr.

Things Happen at Night
Directed byFrancis Searle
Produced byJames A. Carter (executive producer)
St. John Legh Clowes (producer)
Written bySt. John Legh Clowes (writer)
Frank Harvey (play The Poltergeist)
StarringSee below
Music byGeorge Melachrino
CinematographyLeslie Rowson
Edited byDavid Hawkins
Distributed byRenown Pictures Corporation
Release date
Running time
79 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom

Plot summary

An English country house is plagued by a poltergeist who destroys things in the home, rearranges pictures on the wall, and possesses the daughter of the owner causing her to be expelled from school. A psychic ghost breaker and an insurance agent help the homeowners battle and expel the spirit.

Differences from play


  • Gordon Harker as Joe Harris
  • Alfred Drayton as Wilfred Prescott
  • Robertson Hare as Vincent Ebury
  • Gwynneth Vaughan as Audrey Prescott
  • Olga Lindo as Hilda Prescott
  • Garry Marsh as Spenser
  • Wylie Watson as Watson, the butler
  • Joan Young as Mrs. Venning, the cook
  • Beatrice Campbell as Joyce Prescott
  • Grace Denbigh Russell as Miss Hancock
  • Judith Warden as Mrs. Fortescue
  • June Elvin as Mabel Minter
  • Knox Crichton as Nobby Ebury
  • Eric Micklewood
  • Charles Doe as Bill
  • Ernest Borrow
  • Michael Callin as Mac
  • George Bryden as Freddie Simpson
  • Esma Lewis
  • Lilian Stanley
  • Peter Reynolds
  • Patricia Owens
  • Marilyn Williams as Singer


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