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Uncle Silas (1947)

Victorian gothic melodrama based on the novel by Sheridan Le Fanu from a screenplay adapted by Aldwych farceur Ben Travers. This creepy chiller is saved from the doldrums by Robert Krasker's atmospheric cinematography, and fine performances from the ensemble cast. The BBC later filmed the story for television in 1987. In 1845, 17-year-old Caroline (Jean Simmons) is nursing her dying father. He has enough faith in the reform of his reprobate brother, Silas (Derrick de Marney), suspected but in the clear of murder, to place her under his wing after his death. The hitherto naive heroine soon learns that scheming Uncle Silas is planning to kill her in order to get his hands on the family fortune, aided by the equally corrupt governess Madame de la Rougierre.

Directing:
  • Charles Frank

Writing:
  • Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu
  • Ben Travers

Stars:
Release Date: 1947-10-08
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  • Country: GB
  • Language: English
  • Runtime: 98
Jean Simmons
Jean Simmons
Caroline Ruthyn
Katina Paxinou
Katina Paxino...
Madame de la Rougierre
Derrick De Marney
Derrick De Ma...
Uncle Silas
Derek Bond
Derek Bond
Lord Richard Ilbury
Sophie Stewart
Sophie Stewar...
Lady Monica Waring
Esmond Knight
Esmond Knight
Dr. Bryerly
Marjorie Rhodes
Marjorie Rhod...
Mrs. Rusk
Guy Rolfe
Guy Rolfe
Sepulchre Hawkes
Reginald Tate
Reginald Tate
Austin Ruthyn
John Laurie
John Laurie
Giles