Uncle Silas (1947)

UK, 1947
35mm film, black and white, 1.37:1
mono (Western Electric Sound System), English
Reviewed at The EOFFTV Review

A British borderline horror film directed by Charles Frank.

Plot Summary

Caroline Ruthyn is forced into the care of her Uncle Silas by the death of her father. Although Silas has already been accused of murder, the dying father had believed his brother a changed man and had stipulated in his will that he should take young Caroline into his home. There she is reunited with Madame de la Rouggiere, an appalling governess who had already made her life unbearable and who is now plotting with Silas and his his son to rob Caroline of her inheritance. Caroline’s only hope lies with dashing Richard, Lord Ibury with who she begins a faltering relationship that Silas attempts to discourage. Increasingly menaced by the sinister household, Caroline befriends a young boy who, in turn, tells Ibury the truth – but is it too late?


Directed by: Charles Frank
J. Arthur Rank presents a Two Cities film [opening titles] Made by Two Cities Films [end titles] Released through General Film Distributors Ltd.
Produced by: Josef Somlo and Laurence Irving
Associate Producer: Jack Hicks
Screenplay by: Ben Travers
[Based on a Novel] By: Sheridan Le Fanu
Director of Photography: Robert Krasker
Editor: Ralph Kemplen
Music by: Alan Rawsthorne
Sound Recordists: John Cook, Desmond Dew, Alfred Miller [uncredited]
Costume Designed by: Elizabeth Haffenden
Supervising Make Up: Tony Sforzini [uncredited]
Supervising Hair: Vivienne Walker [uncredited]
Special Effects: Henry Harris, George Blackwell
Painted Mattes: Bill Warrington [uncredited], Joan Suttie [uncredited], Sheila Wilson [uncredited]
Production Designed by: Laurence Irving
Made at D&P Studios [opening titles]; Denham Studios, London, England [end credits]
Casting: Irene Howard [uncredited]
Crowd Casting: Gerry Dereham [uncredited]

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)
Reginald Tate (Austin Ruthyn)
Manning Whiley (Dudley Ruthyn)
Marjorie Rhodes (Mrs Rusk)
John Laurie (Giles)
Frederick Burtwell (Branston)
George Curzon (Sleigh)
O.B. Clarence (vicar)
Frederick Ranalow (Rigg)
Patricia Glyn (Mary Quince)
Guy Rolfe (Sepulchre Hawkes)
Robin Netscher (Tom)
John Salew (Grimstone)

Alternative Titles

The Inheritance – US title
Linnan paholainen – Finnish title
Il segreto del castello – Italian title
Teufelsfratze – Austrian title

See also
The Dark Angel (1989)


Kine Weekly 19 December 1946 – note
Kine Weekly 2 October 1947 – review
Monthly Film Bulletin November 1947 – credits, synopsis, review
Today’s Cinema 26 September 1947 – review

British Sound Films: The Studio Years 1928-1959 by David Quinlan p.256 – credits, synopsis
Reference Guide to Fantastic Films by Walt Lee p.217 – credits