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The Strange Affair of Uncle Harry (1945)

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Bachelor Harry Quincey, head designer in a small-town cloth factory, lives with his selfish sisters, glamorous hypochondriac Lettie and querulous widow Hester. His developing relationship ... See full summary »

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Deborah Brown
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Nona
Moyna MacGill ...
Hester Quincy (as Moyna Macgill)
Samuel S. Hinds ...
Dr. Adams
Harry von Zell ...
Ben (as Harry VonZell)
Judy Clark ...
Helen
Coulter Irwin ...
Biff Wagner (as Coulter F. Irwin)
Craig Reynolds ...
John Warren
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Bachelor Harry Quincey, head designer in a small-town cloth factory, lives with his selfish sisters, glamorous hypochondriac Lettie and querulous widow Hester. His developing relationship with new colleague Deborah Brown promises happiness at last...thwarted by passive, then increasingly active opposition from one sister. Will Harry resort to desperate measures? Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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17 August 1945 (USA)  »

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Guilty of Murder?  »

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Trivia

The film was previewed with five different endings and the existing one (a complete departure from the play) was selected for reasons of popular response and censorship, prompting the resignation of producer Joan Harrison from Universal Pictures. See more »

Goofs

In the two newspaper headlines we see, The Concord Enterprise spells the family surname as Quincey, whilst Corinth Home News has it as Quincy. See more »

Quotes

Harry Melville Quincey: As the poet said, Home is where you go, and they have to let you in.
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"In order that your friends may enjoy this picture, please do not disclose the ending." See more »

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The Quilting Party (When I Saw Sweet Nellie Home)
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Music by John Fletcher
Lyrics by Frances Kyle
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1940s Censorship Required A Different Ending...
12 May 2001 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

I strongly disagree with Norm Vogel's comments regarding Leonard Maltin's remark about "censorship" and the ending. Without giving the ending away, I can only say that because of the strict censorship code that existed in 1945, the ending HAD TO BE CHANGED to conform with the rules involving crime and punishment. Thus, the film is weakened in straying from the original ending that was used in the stage play on which this is based--and which had more impact.

George Sanders gives a quietly effective performance as the harried man torn between two sisters, one of whom has a neurotic stranglehold on his affections (Geraldine Fitzgerald). Interesting melodrama given taut direction by Robert Siodmak. Ella Raines is effective in a sympathetic role and Geraldine Fitzgerald is fascinating as a hypochondriac, whining sister who makes Harry's life miserable.

Again, Leonard Maltin was right--censorship had everything to do with the ending.


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