Fantastic interview with Frank De Felitta

Check out the latest issue of Daeida magazine, an issue released to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the NBC special “The Stately Ghosts of England,” which Frank wrote and directed. It aired January 25, 1965 and was an unscripted and highly entertaining documentary about the paranormal, featuring Academy Award winner Margaret Rutherford.

It was a unique documentary without comparison to any other film or TV production because nothing like it had ever been attempted before in either medium.


In the special, Rutherford and a deeply inebriated clairvoyant tour historic estates along the English countryside, listening to ghost stories and trying to find proof that the homes really are haunted. There’s creepy music and dramatic reenactments of the fateful events that led to the hauntings.

In case you were ever wondering what the mind behind The Entity and Dark Night of the Scarecrow is like, there’s an interview inside, filled with lots of fun, behind-the-scenes stories about the making of the documentary. It was conducted in the De Felitta home in the Hollywood Hills and also features Frank’s lovely wife, Dorothy.

Here’s a link to the Daeida website, if you want to order a copy of your own.

Highly referenced yet only broadcast for one night in 1965, “The Stately Ghosts of England” is the earliest investigative study committed to film on the subject of the paranormal. It is the first documentary ever produced for television about ghosts.

And here is a clip from “The Stately Ghosts of England,” all of which was uploaded to YouTube, by Frank’s son Raymond, himself a film director.