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Uncle Silas (October 8, 1947)

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Uncle Silas
 

Released on October 8, 1947: When her father dies a young heiress must live with her Uncle Silas, who intends to kill her to inherit her wealth.

Produced by Laurence Irving

Directed by Charles Frank

The Actors: Jean Simmons (Caroline Ruthyn), Katina Paxiou (Madame de la Rougierre), Derrick De Marney (Uncle Silas Ruthyn), Derek Bond (Lord Ricahrd Ilbury), Sophie Stewart (Lady Monica Waring), Esmond Knight (Doctor Bryerly), Reginald Tate (Austin Ruthyn), Manning Whiley (Dudley Ruthyn), Marjorie Rhodes (Mrs. Rusk), John Laurie (Giles), Frederick Burtwell (Branston), George Curzon (Arthur Sleigh, solicitor to Uncle Silas), O.B. Clarence (Vicar Clay), Frederick Ranalow (Rigg), Patricia Glyn (Mary Quince, Caroline's maid), Guy Rolfe (Sepulchre Hawkes the gamekeeper), Robin Netscher (Tom Hawkes), John Salew (Grimstone), Patricia Dainton (unknown)

 

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The Heiress and the Killer

Austin Ruthyn, played by Reginald Tate, is one of the wealthiest men in England who possesses a beautiful sixteen year old daughter and a bad heart. He also has a brother Silas, who seems to be a bit of a rogue adventurer without any money except the monthly allowance he gets from Austin . . . and there was once a strange death that Silas was a part of that might have been murder, or might have been suicide. As our story opens Austin has just returned from visiting his brother Silas, and informs his young daughter Caroline, played by Jean Simmons, that his brother Silas is finally back to good health, after spending several years in solitude after the scandal of the strange death in his house. In fact, Austin is so impressed by his brother's good health that he revises his last will and testament to make Caroline's Uncle Silas the guardian of his daughter until she is of age if anything should happen to him because of his bad heart. Austin also hires a Governess for Caroline that was recommended to him by his brother Silas . . . and this evil woman will be the death of Austin . . . literally. Governess Madame de la Rougierre is all sweet and loving in the presence of Austin, but with Caroline she is a nasty deceitful witch working a deceitful scheme with Silas. Finally, one night Austin learns of the treachery of Madame de la Rougierre and his brother Silas, and after angrily sending her away he retreats to his library to amend his will and remove Silas as the guardian of his heiress daughter Caroline . . . but he has a fatal heart attack before his pen can write the words . . . and young heiress Caroline is put in the house of Uncle Silas until she is of age, or gets married . . . and it is pointed out by Uncle Silas' solicitor that if the young heiress should perish before she comes of age all of her wealth will pass to Uncle Silas . . . . And thus we have the plot for a devilishly wicked scheme that we can see coming, but like heiress Caroline, cannot stop. The story begins with the horror of the Governess, then moves quite pleasantly during her first days with Uncle Silas until we almost believe that we were wrong to think that Uncle Silas would plot any evil towards the young heiress . . . until the night of the Christmas Party at cousin Monica's . . . Suddenly the chances that heiress Caroline will reach her 18th birthday seem very slim indeed as horror, fright and screams in the night become Caroline's companions . . . Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with plenty of warm melted butter drizzled over it and enjoy the show.

Jean Simmons as Caroline Ruthlyn
Jean Simmons as heiress Caroline Ruthlyn
Katina Paxinou as the evil Governess
Katina Paxinou as the evil Governess
Patricia Glyn sees the Governess
Patricia Glyn sees the Governess
Derek Bond and Jean Simmons
Derek Bond and Jean Simmons
Derrick De Marney and Jean Simmons
Derrick De Marney and Jean Simmons
Derrick De Marney and Sophie Stewart
Derrick De Marney and Sophie Stewart
Esmond Knight
Esmond Knight
Esmond Knight
Esmond Knight
Frederick Burtwell and Marjorie Rhodes
Frederick Burtwell and Marjorie Rhodes
Frederick Burtwell
Frederick Burtwell
George Curzon
George Curzon
Guy Rolfe
Guy Rolfe
Jean Simmons and Derek Bond
Jean Simmons and Derek Bond
Jean Simmons and Derrick De Marney
Jean Simmons and Derrick De Marney
Jean simmons and Esmond Knight
Jean simmons and Esmond Knight
Jean Simmons and John Laurie
Jean Simmons and John Laurie
Jean-Simmons and Katina Paxinou
Jean-Simmons and Katina Paxinou
Jean-Simmons and Katina Paxinou
Jean-Simmons and Katina Paxinou
Jean Simmons
Jean Simmons
Jean Simmons
Jean Simmons
John Salew
John Salew
Katina Paxinou
Katina Paxinou
Katina Paxinou and Reginald Tate
Katina Paxinou and Reginald Tate
Katina Paxinou
Katina Paxinou
Manning Whiley
Manning Whiley
Manning Whiley and Derrick De Marney
Manning Whiley and Derrick De Marney
Manning Whiley
Manning Whiley
Marjorie Rhodes and George Curzon
Marjorie Rhodes and George Curzon
O.B. Clarence and John Salew
O.B. Clarence and John Salew
Reginald Tate
Reginald Tate
Reginald Tate and Jean Simmons
Reginald Tate and Jean Simmons
Reginald Tate and Jean Simmons
Reginald Tate and Jean Simmons
Reginald Tate
Reginald Tate
Robin Netscher
Robin Netscher