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Release Date:
June 1957 (UK) See more »
The movie no niece or nephew can afford to miss!
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  (in credits order)

Nigel Patrick ... Henry

Charles Coburn ... Uncle George

Wendy Hiller ... Edith Clitterburn

Katie Johnson ... Alice

Anthony Newley ... Edward
Athene Seyler ... Grannie
Kenneth Fortescue ... Albert
Paddy Webster ... Constance (as Patricia Webster)

Michael Caine ... Gilrony
Trevor Reid ... Inspector Harris

Cyril Luckham ... Coroner
Johnson Bayly ... Radio Officer

Martin Boddey ... Police Sergeant
Kevin Stoney ... Bar Steward
Anthony Shaw ... Colonial Type

Ian Wilson ... Postman
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Noel Hood ... Aunt Marjorie

Directed by
Nigel Patrick 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Didier Daix  play "Il faut tuer Julie"
John Paxton  screenplay

Produced by
Irving Allen .... executive producer
Albert R. Broccoli .... executive producer
Ronald Kinnoch .... associate producer
John Paxton .... producer
Original Music by
Kenneth V. Jones 
Cinematography by
Ted Moore 
Film Editing by
Bert Rule 
Casting by
Nora Roberts 
Makeup Department
Joan Smallwood .... hairdresser
Neville Smallwood .... makeup artist
Production Management
John D. Merriman .... production manager (as John Merriman)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Bluey Hill .... assistant director
Max Varnel .... associate director
Art Department
John Box .... set designer
Syd Cain .... assistant art director
John Graysmark .... set designer (uncredited)
Sound Department
Bert Ross .... sound recordist
Don Saunders .... sound editor
Peter Davies .... sound (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Ernest Day .... camera operator
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Elsa Fennell .... wardrobe supervisor
Music Department
Muir Mathieson .... conductor
Sinfonia of London .... music played by
Other crew
Kay Rawlings .... continuity
Crew believed to be complete

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Additional Details

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79 min
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
Finland:K-16 | Netherlands:18 (orginal rating) | Sweden:15 | UK:U

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Nigel Patrick introduces the cast at the end of the film and pronounces the name of Athene Seyler as Atheeny Siler.See more »


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4 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
Very Black Comedy Indeed, 9 October 2016
Author: drednm from United States

Wondrous British comedy about Henry, a destitute aristocrat (Nigel Patrick) and his family living in a rotting castle. Along comes a wealthy uncle from America (Charles Coburn), making a visit to his family home. So Henry decides to do away with the old boy, but being a black comedy, none of his plans go as planned.

In a similar vein to the classic film THE LADYKILLERS, this one is a riot as the plot goes on its murderous-but-merry way and boasts an excellent cast.

Coburn is a delight as the unsuspecting uncle with a fondness for martinis, and Patrick (who also directed) is the perfect hapless plotter. Also in the cast are Wendy Hiller as the dutiful wife, Athene Seyler as the grandmother, Katie Johnson as the vaguely related Alice, Kenneth Fortescue as the son, Patricia Webster as the daughter, Anthony Newley as her criminologist boyfriend, Noel Hood as Aunt Marjorie, Ian Wilson as Harold the postmaster, Trevor Reid as the Inspector, Cyril Luckham as the coroner, and Michael Caine in one of his first film roles.

A total delight and full of surprises. This one marks Katie Johnson's only film followup to THE LADYKILLERS and proved to be her final film.

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