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Uncle Harry

1945 1h 20m Mystery & Thriller List
80% Tomatometer 5 Reviews 68% Audience Score 50+ Ratings
Mad Harry (George Sanders) poisons his bad sister's (Geraldine Fitzgerald) cocoa; his good sister drinks it. Read More Read Less

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James Agee TIME Magazine The acutely recorded small-town characters and atmospheres, and the intense performances of all four principal players, are something more. Feb 22, 2018 Full Review Jeremy Heilman Had it ended two minutes earlier, it would have been a considerably more successful film. Like many Hollywood dramas of the 1940s, it stumbles during its dismount. Rated: 44/100 Aug 5, 2012 Full Review Fernando F. Croce CinePassion Couched in snapshots of provincial America as fond and sardonic as any in Shadow of a Doubt Apr 15, 2011 Full Review Emanuel Levy EmanuelLevy.Com Rated: 3/5 Jul 14, 2005 Full Review Dennis Schwartz Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews Darkly poignant while remaining on message. Rated: B Feb 23, 2005 Full Review Read all reviews

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nick s Great quality of production. The intriguing strains in the relationships kept things rolling and the acting was great. The only head scratcher was the ending, which I interpreted as a hallucination. Apparently not so. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 06/03/24 Full Review Frances H Perfectly done film of a character--driven psychological drama done by a talented woman who produced the wonderful Alred Hitchcock TV show. Unfortunately , as was done to the Orson Wells masterpiece, The Magnificent Ambersons, the studio decided to test other endings with audiences, who liked the hastily tacked on happy ending that that involved the main character having been in a dream, which the hokey prime time soap opera Dallas used a couple of decades ago. Too bad so many films were ruined totally, just like this one and Magnificent Ambersons. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 01/08/21 Full Review Audience Member This was a great movie until it got to a very bad cliched ending. If they would have ended it before that, or changed it, it would have been so much better than it was. Overall pretty good, but not as good as it could have been. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 01/22/23 Full Review Audience Member An interesting movie. When aging bachelor Harry (Sanders) meets a beautiful woman named Deborah Brown (Raines), they instantly fall in love. The catch is that Harry has two sisters he lives with that are desperate and need him. When he and Deborah plan to get married, his sister Letty (Fitzgerald) does anything possible to fizzle the romance. "The Strange Affair of Uncle Harry" is a twisted little film that would most likely fall under the genre of film noir. Yet again, acclaimed director Robert Siodmak makes a great noir that sticks in your head forever. The acting performances are awesome, and Fitzgerald is so incredible in her messed up character that she should have at least been nominated for an Oscar. "The Strange Affair of Uncle Harry" is a movie that's most definitely worth your time, and any fan of film noir you'll be bound to like it. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/03/23 Full Review Audience Member You can't throw two anchors tied together into the water and expect them to float. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 01/22/23 Full Review Audience Member This certainly is a strange affair. A noir melodrama with George Sanders playing the title role as a meek man who lives his two sisters. When a woman enters into his life, one of his sisters becomes a little too jealous and the plot thickens into darker territory. With overtones of incest this was a daring film of its day. However the ending is a total cop out and is quite obviously tacked on. -Loses 10% of its rating. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/10/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis Mad Harry (George Sanders) poisons his bad sister's (Geraldine Fitzgerald) cocoa; his good sister drinks it.
Robert Siodmak
Mystery & Thriller
Original Language
Release Date (DVD)
Oct 1, 2015
1h 20m