Film was originally titled Camilla during production
Premiered in New York City on September 7, 1945
Two production periods:
July 1944 and December 1944 [film was halted for star Boris Karloff to have back surgery]
Filmed in Black and White
Sound by RCA Sound System [mono track]
Two film lengths recorded: 72 minutes and 70 minute
6,457 film footage
Produced by RKO Radio Pictures, Inc.
[above] Photograph found in Lewton's scrapbooks archived at the Library of Congress. Notice the "X" marking the island of Pontikonissi at Corfu, Greece.
[below] A beautiful modern shot of the same
island by photographer George Pallas.
(Copyright George Pallas, used by permission.
See more George Pallas work here.)
This Greek island cemetary is also figured in the Arnold Boecklin painting Isle of the Dead, which shows up several times in the art direction of Lewton films (e.g., I Walked with A Zombie). It is also, by way of Boecklin's painting, the source for the Rachmaninoff 1909 symphony also titled Isle of the Dead. (Read about the Rachmaninoff symphony here.)
[below] Two versions of Boecklin's painting Isle of the Dead. He painted five versions altogether. Both Lenin and Freud had reproductions of this painting on their walls, and Adolf Hitler purchased one of Bocklin's originals outright. It was on the wall of his study in the bunker where he committed suicide just before the arrival of the Russian red army. A Russian general was sent to carry the painting directly to Moscow.