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Uncle Silas (1947)

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 naive 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.

  • Charles Frank
  • Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu
  • Ben Travers
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  • Release Date: 1947-10-08
  • Country: GB
  • Language: English
  • Runtime: 98

Guy Rolfe

Sepulchre Hawkes

Jean Simmons

Caroline Ruthyn

Katina Paxinou

Madame de la Rougierre

Derrick De Marney

Uncle Silas

Derek Bond

Lord Richard Ilbury

Sophie Stewart

Lady Monica Waring

Esmond Knight

Dr. Bryerly

Marjorie Rhodes

Mrs. Rusk

Reginald Tate

Austin Ruthyn
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