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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ronald Shiner ... Henry Martin
... Clara Hilton
A.E. Matthews ... Simon Hilton
... Gladys Smith
... Charles Willis
Jill Bennett ... Julie Mason
Reginald Beckwith ... Alfie Pearce
... Rev. Maurice Hilton
... Fosdick
... Honest Sid
... Dorrie
... Arthur Cole
... Doris Hilton
... Cyril Mason
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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22 November 1954 (UK)  »

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Die Erbschaft der Tante Clara  »

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

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Henry Martin: Look Miss, this is a man's job. You mustn't get mixed up in that crowd. You'd cause more trouble than Errol Flynn in an 'arem.
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Perfectly Cast
12 April 2001 | by See all my reviews

This was Margaret Rutherford's favourite film and it's not difficult to see why as she is given full reign to her comic abilities. She is charming throughout and works well particularly in scenes with Ronald Shiner. She plays 'Clara' a middle - aged spinster who is left the task to clean up the acts of several members of her family who are engaged in rather unsavoury practices when her elderly uncle dies. As an angel of mercy, she visits each of her relatives in turn showing them the errors of their ways with hilarious results. Her last visit takes her to Fay Compton who employs a rather dilapidated brothel which includes a group of dishevelled ladies who work there. This scene is particularly moving and full of pathos. Unfortunately this film is rarely shown on British television - a great loss.


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