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Aunt Clara (1954)

A wealthy old man dies and leaves his holdings - including a brothel, a gambling den, racing greyhounds, and a sleazy bar - to his eccentric niece Clara Hilton (Dame Margaret Rutherford). ... See full summary »

Director:

Anthony Kimmins

Writers:

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

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ronald Shiner ... Henry Martin
Margaret Rutherford ... Clara Hilton
A.E. Matthews ... Simon Hilton
Fay Compton ... Gladys Smith
Nigel Stock ... Charles Willis
Jill Bennett ... Julie Mason
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, a gambling den, racing greyhounds, and a sleazy bar - to his eccentric niece Clara Hilton (Dame Margaret Rutherford). 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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Comedy | Family

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Trivia

Based on the novel of the same name by Noel Streatfeild. See more »

Quotes

Clara Hilton: [At the Epsom races] Wasn't that exciting Henry? Who won?
Henry Martin: Same as usual.
[indicating bookmaker]
Henry Martin: Honest bloomin' Joe!
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Soundtracks

Two Lovely Black Eyes
Charles Coborn (1886)
Played and sung by Margaret Rutherford at Mason's during ruckus.
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Rutherford and Kenneth Horne deliver well.
27 August 2020 | by CinemaSerfSee all my reviews

When an elderly gentleman dies, he bequeaths his fortune to his maiden niece - "Clara" (Margaret Rutherford). On the outside, a naive old biddy but once she gets to grips wither late uncle's rather extensive - and not always above board - estate, she decides to follow up on his instructions "to look after" those less fortunate and by a combination of shrewdness, honesty - and a fair degree of dumb luck, sets about her tasks. Rutherford is in her element, her jowly expressions and witty delivery keeps this charming little story moving along jovially. Ronald Shiner as "Henry" - her inherited butler soon learns to rather like the old girl, and together they make for quite a formidable pair as they navigate (not always on the same side) the worlds of dog racing, pub management and ladies of ill repute. It's a good, jolly, film that showcases the star, and raises a titter now and again. Watch it is you get a chance, it's harmless fun.


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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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