The Strange Affair of Uncle Harry (Guilty of Murder?) (1945) - Rotten Tomatoes

The Strange Affair of Uncle Harry (Guilty of Murder?) (1945)




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Fabric designer Harry Quincey (George Sanders) has the unhappy task of caring for his tiresome unmarried sisters, Lettie (Geraldine Fitzgerald) and Hester (Moyna MacGill). When Harry falls in love with Deborah Brown (Ella Raines), Hester is delighted, but Lettie smolders with jealousy. Upset at Lettie 's opposition, Harry would like nothing better than to do her in. Does he? And what has really happened here? When originally presented on Broadway, Thomas Job's play +Uncle Harry utilized a complex flashback technique in unfolding its story, which was capped by a grimly ironic ending. Stephen Longstreet's screenplay not only takes a more linear approach, but also radically alters the ending to conform with the censorship strictures then in effect. The Strange Affair of Uncle Harry was one of several Universal film noirs of the 1940s produced by longtime Alfred Hitchcock associate Joan Harrison.

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George Sanders
as Harry Melville Quincey
Geraldine Fitzgerald
as Lettie Quincey
Moyna MacGill
as Hester Quincey
Ella Raines
as Deborah Brown
Samuel S. Hinds
as Dr. Adams
Ethel Griffies
as Mrs. Nelson
Craig Reynolds
as John Warren
Will Wright
as Mr. Nelson
Arthur Loft
as Mr. Follinsbee
Irene Tedrow
as Mrs. Follinsbee
Coulter Irwin
as Biff Wagner
Dawn Bender
as Joan Warren
Rodney Bell
as Joe the Greek
William Hall
as Moving Man
Matt McHugh
as Moving Man
Robert Dudley
as Stationmaster
Walter Soderling
as Jed Jessup
Bob McKenzie
as Manager
Frank Jaquet
as Salesman
Alan Watson
as Quartette
Jan Williams
as Quartet
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Critic Reviews for The Strange Affair of Uncle Harry (Guilty of Murder?)

All Critics (5) | Top Critics (1)

The acutely recorded small-town characters and atmospheres, and the intense performances of all four principal players, are something more.

February 22, 2018 | Full Review…

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.

August 5, 2012 | Rating: 44/100 | Full Review…

Couched in snapshots of provincial America as fond and sardonic as any in Shadow of a Doubt

April 15, 2011 | Full Review…

Darkly poignant while remaining on message.

February 23, 2005 | Rating: B | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Strange Affair of Uncle Harry (Guilty of Murder?)


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.

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