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Aunt Clara (1954)

A wealthy old man dies and leaves his holdings--including a brothel and a gambling den, racing greyhounds and a sleazy bar--to his eccentric niece Clara. Clara vows to "clean up" her new ... See full summary »

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Anthony Kimmins

Writers:

Kenneth Horne (screenplay), Noel Streatfeild (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ronald Shiner Ronald Shiner ... Henry Martin
Margaret Rutherford ... Clara Hilton
A.E. Matthews A.E. Matthews ... Simon Hilton
Fay Compton ... Gladys Smith
Nigel Stock ... Charles Willis
Jill Bennett ... Julie Mason
Reginald Beckwith Reginald Beckwith ... Alfie Pearce
Raymond Huntley ... Rev. Maurice Hilton
Eddie Byrne ... Fosdick
Sidney James ... Honest Sid
Diana Beaumont ... Dorrie
Garry Marsh ... Arthur Cole
Gillian Lind ... Doris Hilton
Ronald Ward ... Cyril Mason
Eileen Way Eileen Way ... Maggie Mason
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A wealthy old man dies and leaves his holdings--including a brothel and a gambling den, racing greyhounds and a sleazy bar--to his eccentric niece Clara. Clara vows to "clean up" her new establishments, but complications ensue when she visits the crooked gambling den--just as it's being raided by the police. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 November 1954 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Die Erbschaft der Tante Clara See more »

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Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Margaret Rutherford has said that this is her favorite role. See more »

Quotes

Henry Martin: [passing the nutcrackers] Your crackers.
Simon Hilton: You keep your opinions to yourself!
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Clash Of Styles
4 October 2011 | by GManfredSee all my reviews

"Aunt Clara" was probably a vehicle for Margaret Rutherford to display her unique subtle, disarming type of humor. I say probably because the picture was hijacked by Ronald Shiner, a vaudeville-type given to bombast and overacting. The styles of the principals are at great variance and on several occasions Miss Rutherford was simply overwhelmed by Mr. Shiner, whose persona has the same effect as, say, Carmen Miranda - an arresting presence that you can't take your eyes off whenever he is on screen. And he is in nearly every scene.

Don't get me wrong. He was funny enough and carried his part well enough, but I put the DVD in to watch Miss Rutherford, who was hard-pressed to compete with the over-the-top style of Mr. Shiner. I savored as I could the moments when she delivered her fey, understated brand of comedy in a part made for her talents as a naive spinster who inherits a fortune from a disreputable nephew. You have to listen for her, but you just watch him.

All in all, it was an enjoyable movie which could have been better but for the complaints mentioned above. It could have been rated a 7 but I settled for 6. Quick note to UK contributors; your ratings for films made in the UK are often misleading. Some even-handedness is needed, as abnormally high ratings hinder rather than help.


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