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The Strange Affair of Uncle Harry (1945)

Approved | | Drama, Film-Noir | 17 August 1945 (USA)
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 »

Director:

Robert Siodmak

Writers:

Thomas Job (play), Keith Winter (adaptation) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
George Sanders ... Harry Melville Quincey
Geraldine Fitzgerald ... Lettie Quincey
Ella Raines ... Deborah Brown
Sara Allgood ... 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 Coulter Irwin ... Biff Wagner (as Coulter F. Irwin)
Craig Reynolds ... John Warren
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Storyline

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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Drama | Film-Noir

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 August 1945 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Guilty of Murder? See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Charles K. Feldman Group See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

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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Crazy Credits

"In order that your friends may enjoy this picture, please do not disclose the ending." See more »

Connections

Referenced in Let There Be Light (1946) See more »

Soundtracks

Abide With Me
(uncredited)
Music by William H. Monk (as William Henry Monk)
Lyrics by Henry F. Lyte (as Henry Francis Lyte)
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Good melodrama
16 September 2000 | by chris-459See all my reviews

I voted 5 for "The Strange Affair of Uncle Harry", but maybe it was a bit unfair, because the film is good. I liked it, but I expected more from the title... I feel they could've done something even better with that script. Something seems to be missing. I think that what is most accomplished in this picture is the idea of "incest", because you can't deny there is some sort of sexual attraction between Harry (George Sanders) and Lettie (Geraldine Fitzgerald). That is shown in a subtle way and it is, in my opinion, one of the themes of the film.

The other theme is of course that dependence between the brother and the two sisters. The sisters depend on him for money and he depends on them to be taken care of.

I can't help comparing Siodmak's work with that of Alfred Hitchcock. It always looks like Hitchcock could do better, but then you would loose Siodmak's touch and I don't think that would be good.


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