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Let's Kill Uncle (1966)

Approved | | Comedy, Horror, Thriller | 9 March 1967 (Mexico)
A 12-year-old orphan who has just inherited a fortune is trapped on an island with his uncle, a former British intelligence commander who intends to kill him. A young girl is the boy's only... See full summary »

Director:

William Castle

Writers:

June O'Grady (novel) (as Rohan O'Grady), Mark Rodgers
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Cast

Cast overview:
Nigel Green ... The Uncle-Major Kevin Harrison
Mary Badham ... Chrissie
Pat Cardi ... Barnaby Harrison
Robert Pickering Robert Pickering ... Sgt. Frank Travis
Linda Lawson Linda Lawson ... Justine
Ref Sanchez Ref Sanchez ... Ketchman (as Reff Sanchez)
Nestor Paiva ... Steward
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Storyline

A 12-year-old orphan who has just inherited a fortune is trapped on an island with his uncle, a former British intelligence commander who intends to kill him. A young girl is the boy's only ally against the sarcastic uncle, who uses hypnotism, a pool of sharks, fire, and poisonous mushrooms as weapons. Written by alfiehitchie

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LOVABLE OR LETHAL? Are they bad seeds...or frightened innocents caught in a diabolical duel with death!


Certificate:

Approved
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 March 1967 (Mexico) See more »

Also Known As:

Let's Kill Uncle, Before Uncle Kills Us See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)
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Trivia

Actor Nestor Paiva was dying of stomach cancer during filming. See more »

Quotes

The Uncle-Major Kevin Harrison: Try to think of it as a kind of game, Barnaby.
Barnaby Harrison: A Game?
The Uncle-Major Kevin Harrison: Yes, exactly. For perfectly understandable reasons, I would like something to... um... happen to you. For equally understandable reasons, you would prefer that it did not. Well, that's the game. What's going to happen? Who's going to win? That's the fun of it so to speak.
Barnaby Harrison: What chance do I have?
The Uncle-Major Kevin Harrison: Well, let's analyse the situation shall we? Memorise the rules of the game. Now, you're safe in this house. It's a very large island, and you're ...
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Simply a Case of Tough Love...
25 February 2013 | by LobotomousMonkSee all my reviews

Great energy created through well constructed juxtaposition gets this film revved up from the get-go. A car crash is followed by children nearly fist-fighting... then cross-cutting to sharks feeding. Castle uses some good depth of field on the ship creating a sense of transportation (restlessness is a key theme in the film). The staging/blocking is sound creating a sense for the relationships of the characters and their motivation. The direction is attuned for spectator identification and Castle's spooks have heightened effectiveness as a result. The dialogue has an honesty and naturalism reminiscent of Castle's The Americano. Then the titular uncle arrives and good acting all around keeps the film engaging and entertaining. The plot contrivances have to be overlooked simply for the fact that Let's Kill Uncle is a William Castle film! This is one of his better "screwball horror" films which followed his gimmick horror films.


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