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Aunt Clara (1954)

A wealthy old man dies and leaves his holdings - including a brothel and a gambling den, racing greyhounds and a sleazy bar - to his eccentric niece Clara. Clara vows to "clean up" her new ... See full summary »

Director:

Anthony Kimmins

Writers:

Kenneth Horne (screenplay), Noel Streatfeild (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ronald Shiner Ronald Shiner ... Henry Martin
Margaret Rutherford ... Clara Hilton
A.E. Matthews ... Simon Hilton
Fay Compton ... Gladys Smith
Nigel Stock ... Charles Willis
Jill Bennett ... Julie Mason
Reginald Beckwith Reginald Beckwith ... Alfie Pearce
Raymond Huntley ... Rev. Maurice Hilton
Eddie Byrne ... Fosdick
Sidney James ... Honest Sid
Diana Beaumont ... Dorrie
Garry Marsh ... Arthur Cole
Gillian Lind ... Doris Hilton
Ronald Ward ... Cyril Mason
Eileen Way Eileen Way ... Maggie Mason
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A wealthy old man dies and leaves his holdings - including a brothel and a gambling den, racing greyhounds and a sleazy bar - to his eccentric niece Clara. Clara vows to "clean up" her new establishments, but complications ensue when she visits the crooked gambling den--just as it's being raided by the police. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 November 1954 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Die Erbschaft der Tante Clara See more »

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Mono (Western Electric Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Based on the novel of the same name by author Noel Streatfeild. See more »

Quotes

Clara Hilton: [At the Epsom races] Wasn't that exciting Henry? Who won?
Henry Martin: Same as usual.
[indicating bookmaker]
Henry Martin: Honest bloomin' Joe!
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A Fine Vehicle for Miss Rutherford
27 January 2018 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

Margaret Rutherford claimed her favorite movie role was as Aunt Clara and I can understand why. When wealthy, irascible A.E. Matthews dies, he leaves everything to Miss Rutherford: his crooked gambling game, his pub where they sell watered whiskey, his brothel (run by Joyce Compton), his runaway bastard daughter Jill Bennett, and his misogynistic spiv of a manservant, Ronald Shiner. She's been running a slum mission and, playing the sort of vague, pleasant, mildly crackpotted character she did so well -- she has zoomed to the top ranks as Madame Arcati in BLITHE SPIRIT -- everyone thinks they can pull a fast one on her, but in her soft, vague way, she shows herself to be cannily able to redeem through kindness -- and willing to punish the truly wicked when necessary.

As usual, Miss Rutherford shines in a role that looks to have been written specifically for her talents. Even Ronald Shiner, a comic actor who does not usually appeal to me, acquits himself well. Keep an eye out for Sid James in a small but very funny role as a racetrack tout.


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