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The Strange Affair of Uncle Harry (August 17, 1945)

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The Strange Affair of Uncle Harry
 

Released on August 17, 1945: (running time 1 hour and 20 minutes) When bachelor Harry falls in love with a big city girl, one of his old-maid sisters does everything she can to kill the romance.

Produced by Joan Harrison and Charles K. Feldman

Directed by Robert Siodmak

The Actors: George Sanders (Harry Melville Quincey), Geraldine Fitzgerald (Lettie Quincey, Harry's sister), Ella Raines (Deborah Brown), Sara Allgood (Nona, the Quincey cook), Moyna MacGill (Hester Quincy, Harry's sister), Samuel S. Hinds (Doctor Adams), Harry von Zell (Ben, the druggist), Judy Clark (Helen), Coulter Irwin (Biff Wagner), Craig Reynolds (John Warren), Robert J. Anderson (young boy), Clarence G. Badger (quartet singer), Rodney Bell (Joe the Greek, pool hall owner and member of the quartet), Dawn Bender (Joan Warren), Ruth Cherrington (matron), Mike Clifton (young boy), Neal Dodd (minister), Robert Dudley (stationmaster), Billy Gray (young boy), Ethel Griffies (Mrs. Nelson), William Hall (moving man), Harry Hayden (Mr. Slavin, auctioneer), Billy Henderson (Johnny), Holmes Herbert (prison warden), Frank Jaquet (salesman), Arthur Loft (Mr. Follinsbee, town merchant), Robert Malcolm (Connors), Gregory Marshall (young boy), Matt McHugh (moving man), Robert McKenzie (manager), Norman Neilson (quartet singer), Barbara Pepper (Annie), Fred Santley (waiter), Wallace Scott (bartender), Sarah Selby (Alice), Walter Soderling (Judd Jessup), Irene Tedrow (Mrs. Follinsbee), Jan Williams (quartet singer), Will Wright (Mr. Nelson, member of the quartet)

 

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The Killer Who Couldn't Confess

Joan Harrison, the producer of this nourish crime drama, was born in Guildford, Surrey, England in 1907, and grew up at the same time as the new invention of motion pictures. In St. Hughes college at Oxford she wrote motion picture reviews for the student newspaper. After college, she got a job as the secretary to a young British motion picture director named Alfred Hitchcock.

Joan was one of Mr. Hitchcock’s closest aides for many years, and in 1944 Joan decided to try producing her own motion pictures, and this is the second of her productions. Later she would produce the television series “Alfred Hitchcock Presents” and the “Alfred Hitchcock Hour” among other projects. Her final motion picture production was ‘Love Hate Love,’ a made-for-television movie in 1971.

This story, with shadows-of-Hitchcock scenes, is almost like a Hitchcock drama told by a woman. In the most famous Hitchcock thrillers there would be only one leading lady, usually a blonde, surrounded by characters that would bring her into terrible crisis situations. In this murder drama, George Sanders is a single man living in a small rural town with two old-maid sisters and a household maid who meets a sexy girl from New York City.

Poor George soon falls in love with the girl from the city, but trouble arises when one of his sisters cannot bear the thought of losing George, who has worked and taken care of them all of their adult life. I’d tell you more about the story, and might even hint at the ending, but you would never believe me even if I did describe the ending. Honest, you’d swear that I was fooling with you at even a mention of the ending. Hitchcock was probably very proud of his protégé.

The only thing I will do is quote a line from the final scenes, “I’m Sorry, but that’s the way things are!” Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with plenty of warm melted butter drizzled over it and enjoy the show.

Ella Raines and Geraldine Fitzgerald
Ella Raines and Geraldine Fitzgerald
Barbara Pepper and George Sanders
Barbara Pepper and George Sanders
Ella Raines and George Sanders
Ella Raines and George Sanders
Ella Raines
Ella Raines
Ella Raines kisses George Sanders
Ella Raines kisses George Sanders
Ella Raines and George Sanders
Ella Raines and George Sanders
George Sanders
George Sanders
George Sanders and Geraldine Fitzgerald
George Sanders and Geraldine Fitzgerald
George Sanders, Sara Allgood and Moyna MacGill
George Sanders, Sara Allgood and Moyna MacGill
George Sanders
George Sanders
George Sanders and Ella Raines
George Sanders and Ella Raines
George Sanders and Ella Raines
George Sanders and Ella Raines
George Sanders
George Sanders
Geraldine Fitzgerald
Geraldine Fitzgerald
Geraldine Fitzgerald, Ella Raines and Moyna MacGill
Geraldine Fitzgerald, Ella Raines and Moyna MacGill
Geraldine Fitzgerald and Ella Raines
Geraldine Fitzgerald and Ella Raines
Geraldine Fitzgerald
Geraldine Fitzgerald
Geraldine Fitzgerald
Geraldine Fitzgerald
Geraldine Fitzgerald and Ella Raines
Geraldine Fitzgerald and Ella Raines
Geraldine Fitzgerald
Geraldine Fitzgerald
Harry von Zell
Harry von Zell
Holmes Herbert
Holmes Herbert
Moyna MacGill
Moyna MacGill
Moyna MacGill and Geraldine Fitzgerald
Moyna MacGill and Geraldine Fitzgerald
Walter Soderling
Walter Soderling
Moyna MacGill
Moyna MacGill
Rodney Bell and Arthur Loft
Rodney Bell and Arthur Loft
Sara Allgood and George Sanders
Sara Allgood and George Sanders