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Unexpected Uncle (1941)

Passed | | Comedy, Drama | 7 November 1941 (USA)
A feisty retiree plays peacemaker for a young couple.



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Complete credited cast:
Carol West (as Renee Haal)
Tommy Turner
Sara Cochran


Seton Mansley aka Alfred Crane narrates--and steals the show--as a Florida retiree who intercedes to patch up problems between Kathleen Brown and Johnny Kerrigan. Written by Shu

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O,BOY...WHAT I COULD DO WITH THAT GUY AND HIS MILLIONS! (original print ad-all caps) See more »


Comedy | Drama


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Release Date:

7 November 1941 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

O Tio Inesperado  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Several actors are listed in studio records as being in the film, but are not seen: Thurston Hall (Jerry Carter), Virginia Engels (Mrs. Carter), Virginia Vale (Telephone Girl), Jane Woodworth (Telephone Girl), Ken Christy (Editor) and Richard Carle. See more »


Seton Mansley aka Alfred Crane: Suddenly, it had come to me that I was the only one out of 28,000 guys who wasn't allowed to come home every night at six o'clock and smoke his slippers, and read his dinner, and eat his pipe.
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Singin in the Rain
(1929) (uncredited)
Music by Nacio Herb Brown
Lyrics Arthur Freed
Played as dance music by the orchestra at the Colony Club
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short little love story from the 1940s
21 October 2009 | by See all my reviews

Acc to IMDb, this 67 minute short was only the fourth project directed by Peter Godfrey. It came out JUST before Pearl Harbor, which probably didn't help. Anne Shirley, on the other hand, had been making films since 1922, as a little girl. Here, she plays Kathleen Brown, a Florida sales clerk who is helped out of a situation by a passer-by Seton Mansley (Charles Coburn). The two of them spend most of the film trying to decide if rich playboy Johnny (James Craig) is good husband material. Craig appears to have had a long, successful career, in spite of his odd voice...here it sounds like he's trying to speak without an accent; it comes out stilted, as if he's trying to disguise his voice or something. Viewers will know Coburn from "Lady Eve" and "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes". He was always the cigar-puffing, large, older gentleman who got caught up in scrapes. This one turns into a fun caper, with airplanes, mansions, and country clubs. Quick little love story, with a lot packed in. Pretty light fare, but it all works. Story by Eric Hatch, who also wrote the novel from which "My Man Godfrey" was made.

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