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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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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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Harry's line about home references Robert Frost's "Death of the Hired Man": "Home is the place where, when you have to go there, They have to take you in." See more »

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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 »

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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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Abide With Me
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Music by William H. Monk (as William Henry Monk)
Lyrics by Henry F. Lyte (as Henry Francis Lyte)
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Sardonic, "controversial" melodrama takes easy way out
4 September 2001 | by (Western New York) – See all my reviews

A pitch-dark comedy in whose ironies and perversities Alfred Hitchcock might have wallowed, [The Strange Affair of] Uncle Harry fell instead to Robert Siodmak, who did a professional if not inspired job. George Sanders plays a fabric-designing bachelor living with his two sisters in a New England textile-mill town. Into his ordered, dull life comes Ella Raines, a sophisticate from the New York head office. They fall in love, plan to marry. But possessive younger sister Geraldine Fitzgerald takes exception to the plans; dawdling, malingering and needling, she pries the pair apart. When the truth dawns on Sanders, he extracts his revenge by means of poison purchased to euthanize an old dog. Alas, the fatal dose goes astray, as happens with such nasty chemicals.... With its hints of unhealthy vibes between brother and sister, the movie offered fare daring for its day. And so, among several endings reportedly filmed, Uncle Harry opts for one thought to ruffle the fewest feathers. Like Fritz Lang's Woman in the Window, it takes a too easy way out, rather than trying to resolve the complexities it cooked up.


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