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The Strange Affair of Uncle Harry (1945)

Approved | | Drama, Film-Noir | 17 August 1945 (USA)
Bachelor Harry Quincey, head designer in a small-town cloth factory, lives with his selfish sisters, glamorous hypochondriac Lettie and querulous widow Hester. His developing relationship ... See full summary »

Director:

Robert Siodmak

Writers:

Thomas Job (play), Keith Winter (adaptation) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
George Sanders ... Harry Melville Quincey
Geraldine Fitzgerald ... Lettie Quincey
Ella Raines ... Deborah Brown
Sara Allgood ... Nona
Moyna MacGill ... Hester Quincy (as Moyna Macgill)
Samuel S. Hinds ... Dr. Adams
Harry von Zell ... Ben (as Harry VonZell)
Judy Clark ... Helen
Coulter Irwin Coulter Irwin ... Biff Wagner (as Coulter F. Irwin)
Craig Reynolds ... John Warren
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Storyline

Bachelor Harry Quincey, head designer in a small-town cloth factory, lives with his selfish sisters, glamorous hypochondriac Lettie and querulous widow Hester. His developing relationship with new colleague Deborah Brown promises happiness at last...thwarted by passive, then increasingly active opposition from one sister. Will Harry resort to desperate measures? Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Drama | Film-Noir

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 August 1945 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Guilty of Murder? See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The film was previewed with five different endings and the existing one (a complete departure from the play) was selected for reasons of popular response and censorship, prompting the resignation of producer Joan Harrison from Universal Pictures. See more »

Goofs

In the two newspaper headlines we see, The Concord Enterprise spells the family surname as Quincey, whilst Corinth Home News has it as Quincy. See more »

Quotes

Harry Melville Quincey: As the poet said, Home is where you go, and they have to let you in.
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Crazy Credits

"In order that your friends may enjoy this picture, please do not disclose the ending." See more »

Connections

Referenced in Let There Be Light (1980) See more »

Soundtracks

Abide With Me
(uncredited)
Music by William H. Monk (as William Henry Monk)
Lyrics by Henry F. Lyte (as Henry Francis Lyte)
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Great movie with a surprise ending
1 July 2003 | by liguan2000See all my reviews

From Malton and earlier comments it seems that the ending was changed. I read that there were 5 separate endings filmed and shown to test audiences over at 10 day period. Being unfamiliar with the stage play ending I can only say that this ending is excellent and highly effective.

The performances are excellent. The minute facial expressions are superb. There is also quite a bit of black humor in the performances. It is truly a work of art. Initially I was not expecting such a fine movie. It had been selected by the Austin Film Society. But I was very pleasantly surprised.

The story centers around Harry Quincy, played by George Sanders. His younger sister, Lettie, is deeply in love with Harry and feels she knows what is best for him. The whole situation changes when a beautiful young lady from New York enters the small New England town where they live, and she and Harry fall in love and decide to marry. Lettie must act to maintain the status quo. Harry is torn between his family obligations and his new found love.

The ending lead down one path only to discover that all is not as it seems. It is an excellent film.


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