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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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Genres:

Drama | Film-Noir

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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

Little Brown Jug,
Verse 7
By John Eastbrook Winner
Sung by George Sanders and men's group
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Hollywood Censorship Destroys
2 February 2011 | by cmeneken-1See all my reviews

The Trouble with Harry is the trouble with Hollywood, the fact that the right-wing timid moguls bowed to reactionary forces and drove out much of the creativity from the movies. Their code ensured that nothing unpleasant or amoral, in their eyes, would be allowed into the cinema, so anything with an edge, or against the grain, or left of center was watered down or erased from films. All of this culminated with the Anti communist Witch Hunt which removed the last vestiges of talent, honesty, and integrity, but preserved for us such hypocrites as R Reagan. The reason many of us like the film noir is that this conservative tendency was less noticeable in the dark crime melodramas of the late 40'a and early 50's since no one cared that much about B movies. Still, when Hollywood had a chance, like in the ending in this film, they would ruin a film. In fact, censorship and its companion greed still rules American films, almost without exception.


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