6.8/10
548
20 user 5 critic

The Inheritance (1947)

Uncle Silas (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, Horror, Mystery | 23 April 1948 (Finland)
Following her father's death, a British teen-aged heiress goes to live with her guardian uncle who is broke and scheming to murder his niece for her vast inheritance.

Director:

Charles Frank

Writers:

Sheridan Le Fanu (novel), Ben Travers (screenplay)
Reviews

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Vicky Barton (Jean Simmons) visits Paris with her brother Johnny (David Tomlinson), only to discover the following morning he has gone missing, and the hotel staff have no recollection of his presence.

Directors: Antony Darnborough, Terence Fisher
Stars: Jean Simmons, Dirk Bogarde, David Tomlinson
Horror | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Two teachers, man-hungry Doris and restrained Marian, visit the Yorkshire moors a year after friend Evelyn disappeared there. On a stormy night, they take refuge in the isolated cottage of ... See full summary »

Director: Leslie Arliss
Stars: James Mason, Wilfrid Lawson, Mary Clare
Take My Life (1947)
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A woman races against time to clear Nicholas Talbot of a murder he did not commit. While she works on getting proof, the prosecution is doing all it can to force a conviction.

Director: Ronald Neame
Stars: Hugh Williams, Greta Gynt, Leo Bieber
Hungry Hill (1947)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Story of a feud that has gone on between two Irish families for more than 50 years.

Director: Brian Desmond Hurst
Stars: Margaret Lockwood, Dennis Price, Cecil Parker
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A former British agent is employed at the Fenton country estate where he aids Fenton's niece elude the police when she's unjustly accused of murdering a local gamekeeper.

Director: Ralph Thomas
Stars: Jean Simmons, Trevor Howard, Sonia Dresdel
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A poor widow with two daughters augments her income by using her children to extort money. Visiting the houses of the rich people, they tell a sad story and beg for help. Then she meets a wealthy man who proposes marriage to her.

Director: Jack Lee
Stars: Ursula Jeans, Jean Simmons, Cecil Parker
Cage of Gold (1950)
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

In post-WW2 Britain, a young woman marries an old flame but after he disappears, and is later declared dead, she re-marries, only to be blackmailed by the supposedly-dead first husband who suddenly re-appears in her life, in need of money.

Director: Basil Dearden
Stars: Jean Simmons, David Farrar, James Donald
Drama | History | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

During the turbulent days of the French Revolution, Frenchwoman Lucie Manette (Dorothy Tutin) falls in love with Englishman Charles Darnay (Paul Guers), who's hiding his true identity and purpose.

Director: Ralph Thomas
Stars: Dirk Bogarde, Dorothy Tutin, Cecil Parker
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

A charming but ruthless criminal holds the family of a bank manager hostage as part of a cold-blooded plan to steal 97,000 pounds.

Director: Quentin Lawrence
Stars: Peter Cushing, André Morell, Richard Vernon
Drama | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

An elderly countess strikes a bargain with the devil and exchanges her soul for the ability to always win at cards. An army officer, who is also a fanatic about cards, murders her for the ... See full summary »

Director: Thorold Dickinson
Stars: Anton Walbrook, Edith Evans, Yvonne Mitchell
Black Angel (1946)
Certificate: Passed Adventure | Crime | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

When Kirk Bennett is convicted of a singer's murder, his wife tries to prove him innocent...aided by the victim's ex-husband.

Director: Roy William Neill
Stars: Dan Duryea, June Vincent, Peter Lorre
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

After suffering a head injury during the Blitz, an actor comes to believe himself to be the Brighton Strangler, the murderer he was playing onstage.

Director: Max Nosseck
Stars: John Loder, June Duprez, Michael St. Angel
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jean Simmons ... Caroline Ruthyn
Katina Paxinou ... Madame de la Rougierre
Derrick De Marney ... Uncle Silas
Derek Bond ... Lord Richard Ilbury
Sophie Stewart Sophie Stewart ... Lady Monica Waring
Esmond Knight ... Dr. Bryerly
Reginald Tate Reginald Tate ... Austin Ruthyn
Manning Whiley Manning Whiley ... Dudley Ruthyn
Marjorie Rhodes Marjorie Rhodes ... Mrs. Rusk
John Laurie ... Giles
Frederick Burtwell Frederick Burtwell ... Branston
George Curzon George Curzon ... Sleigh
O.B. Clarence ... Vicar Clay
Frederick Ranalow Frederick Ranalow ... Rigg
Patricia Glyn Patricia Glyn ... Mary Quince
Edit

Storyline

Caroline Ruthyn is the teen-aged niece of the her uncle Silas, a sickly and at one time unbalanced man who becomes her guardian on the death of her father. The fact that Silas is broke and greedy and young Caroline is the heir to her father's great fortune is reason enough for Caroline to be wary, but her fears escalate when she meets Silas's perverted son and when she discovers that her fearsome former governess, Madame de la Rougierre, is in league with her uncle. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

UK

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

23 April 1948 (Finland) See more »

Also Known As:

The Inheritance See more »

Edit

Box Office

Budget:

$1,000,000 (estimated)
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Two Cities Films See more »
Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

This film's earliest documented USA telecast took place in Los Angeles Monday 27 March 1950, leading off Triple Feature Theatre on KECA (Channel 7), hosted by Art Baker. See more »

Connections

Version of Uncle Silas (1989) See more »

Soundtracks

My Hat, It Has Three Corners
(uncredited)
American traditional song
Played in the background during the scene in the Dover hotel.
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
The epitome of Victorian Gothic
8 May 2002 | by jandesimpsonSee all my reviews

This little known film disappeared into obscurity and without much comment after its release in 1947. It has resurfaced on British TV in recent years where it has been given several matinee showings. BBC readapted the Sheridan Le Fanu novel as "The Dark Angel" for its classic novel Christmas offering in 1987. In Peter O'Toole they found a much more striking eponymous villain than Derrick de Marney but in every other sense it is the monochrome 'forties version that gives me the stronger pleasure. How could if fail with a heroine as touchingly vulnerable as Jeans Simmons at her most enchanting. The pair that later directed her in "So Long at the Fair" must have known of "Uncle Silas" when they opened their film with a similar wondrous closeup to our first encounter with her here. I know nothing of the director Charles Frank apart from "Uncle Silas" but the hands of a talented craftsman are clearly at the helm of this atmospheric adaptation of the Victorian Gothic melodrama about a dastardly uncle's attempt to wrest an inheritance from his trusting young niece. It is a pity that Derrick de Marney's hammy performance does not resonate with a greater sense of evil, but there is compensation in his confidante, Madame de la Rougierre who, in the hands of Katrina Paxinau, is one of cinema's most sinister female monsters. I was not disappointed when the sequence that had so fascinated me as an impressionable adolescent, where the evil governess embarks with her young charge on a journey of deception, emerged as powerfully as ever after a gap of so many years. The clock chimes of Bartram Manor that conclude this episode, like the huntsman's cry of "Gone to Earth" in the Powell and Pressburger masterpiece are among my most haunting cinematic memories. I often wonder if young audiences of today find similar marvels in the films made for them.


34 of 36 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 20 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Stream Action and Adventure Titles With Prime Video

Explore popular action and adventure titles available to stream with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed