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Uncle Silas

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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 naïve 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


Derek Bond
Derrick De Marney
Esmond Knight
Frederick Burtwell
Frederick Ranalow
George Curzon
Guy Rolfe
Jean Simmons
John Laurie
Katina Paxinou
Manning Whiley
Marjorie Rhodes
O.B. Clarence
Patricia Glyn
Reginald Tate
Sophie Stewart



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