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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)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jean Simmons ... Caroline Ruthyn
Katina Paxinou ... Madame de la Rougierre
Derrick De Marney ... Uncle Silas Ruthyn
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
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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>

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Country:

UK

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

23 April 1948 (Finland) See more »

Also Known As:

The Inheritance See more »

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Budget:

$1,000,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Two Cities Films See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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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 El misterioso tío Sylas (1947) See more »

Soundtracks

My Hat, It Has Three Corners
(uncredited)
American traditional song
Played in the background during the scene in the Dover hotel.
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Full-bodied Gothic Thriller!
5 August 2005 | by MarcoAntonio1See all my reviews

I really enjoyed "Uncle Silas", although it's called "The Inheritance" on the VHS copy that I own and there are seemingly five minutes of footage missing. It's a wonderful, creepy little film about a young woman, Caroline (lovely Jean Simmons), who goes to live with her scheming old Uncle Silas in his big, gloomy mansion after her father dies. Uncle Silas (perfectly played by Derrick De Marney) and his accomplices; a French governess, Madame de la Rougierre (marvelously played by Katina Paxinou), and his son, Dudley (well played by Manning Whiley) are planning to do away with the heroine to gain her fortune. Thankfully, there are intervals where the young woman visits with her sympathetic cousin Monica (nicely played by Sophie Stewart). Brilliant music score by Alan Rawsthorne is available on CD through Amazon.com on a collection called Rawsthorne:Film Music. Nice cinematography and sets add the finishing touches to this atmospheric film. I got my VHS copy from Movies Unlimited.com.


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