Ray Milland was in many classic films during his long career, especially the
booze-drenched Lost Weekend. He did his share of horror films too, including
the classic The Uninvited and the not-so-classic The Sea Serpent.
the Mind ranks someplace in the middle of the two extremes, though dated and
seldom seen anywhere any longer.
Milland plays a professor in cybernetics who believes he is being visited by
the ghost of his dead daughter. He hears a continual calling of "Daddy,
daddy, daddy." He encounters uncanny happenings. All signs point to a
classic haunting, so much so that he enlists the help of psychics to try to make
actual contact with the dead girl. There seems to be a breakthrough between
the two worlds for the dead daughter leaves a casting of her hand and arm in a
fishbowl. (The film was based on a book titled The Hand Of Mary Constable,
with this particular incident being a focal point in both the movie and the
Then, in the midst of all of this, the government gets involved and with FBI
agents showing up, the story takes another plot twist. All may not be as it
The professor has been warned that the spirit world is disturbed, as he is being
used by the government to build bombs, which if used, will kill many people.
The daughter's ghost informs him that she will no longer be able to contact
him, as long as he persists in this line of work. The panic-stricken father
nearly falls for this, only to learn his trusted mediums are not psychic
experts, but spies, designing an elaborate work to get him to curtail or
reveal his discoveries.
So there you have it. Not even a real haunting ! At least in The Uninvited the
ghosts were real.