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Unexpected Uncle (1941)

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



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Complete credited cast:
Kathleen Brown
Johnny Kerrigan
Seton Mansley aka Alfred Crane
Wilkins, Johnny's Valet
Carol West (as Renee Haal)
Tommy Turner
Sara Cochran
Jed Prouty ...
Sanderson, Kerrigan Shoes
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ken Christy ...
Editor (scenes deleted)
Virginia Engels ...
Mrs. Carter (scenes deleted)
Jerry Carter (scenes deleted)
Telephone Girl (scenes deleted)
Jane Woodworth ...
Telephone Girl (scenes deleted)


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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Comedy | Drama






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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Happy Days Are Here Again
(1929) (uncredited)
Music by and Milton Ager
Lyrics by Jack Yellen
Played by Johnny's band and sung by Clyde Cook
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The plot is, frankly, a mess...
26 October 2009 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

This was a rather underdeveloped and unappealing romantic comedy. The only reason I watched it was because it co-stars Charles Coburn--one of my very favorite supporting actors. Coburn is just fine as the avuncular 'Uncle' Seaton, but the story itself just doesn't make any sense and falls very, very flat.

Anne Shirley plays a woman who barely knows a rich jerk played by James Craig. Craig is an odd guy--he either plays hard or he's a workaholic--there is nothing in between. How and why Shirley's character falls for him (considering he really doesn't even know him) makes no sense at all. Nor, for that matter, does it when he sweeps her off her feet and takes her home to be his wife. Nor, for that matter, does it make sense when he then ignores her completely. Nor, for that matter, does it make sense that she'd leave and then take the jerk back.

In addition to having almost no chemistry between them and no reason for them to be together, the film also lost me concerning Craig's character in particular. He likes to drive drunk and seems like a complete and total jerk. There really is nothing redeeming about him and why Shirley would stay with him more than .04 of a second is beyond me.

All in all, a terrible waste of Charles Coburn's immense talents and personality. The story makes no sense nor did it engage me in the least.

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