Uncle Silas (1947, GBR) B&W-103m. *** D: Charles Frank. Starring Jean Simmons, Katina Paxinou, Derrick De Marney, Derek Bond, Sophie Stewart, Esmond Knight. First screen-adaptation of the gothic novel classic by Irishman Sheridan Le Fanu (Camilla). Simmons (then 18) plays a girl, whose late father's will places her in the care of evil title character De Marney, who may be after her inheritance. Creatively directed and well-acted, a fine example of a gothic chiller. Sasme story filmed in Argentina the same year, and Peter O'Toole starred as Uncle Silas in a 1987 made-for-TV remake titled THE DARK ANGEL. Photographed by Robert Krasker. Also known as THE INHERITANCE.

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