Uncle Silas Reviews

  • Sep 06, 2014

    Frantic suspense thriller, with an over-the-top performance by Paxinou.

    Frantic suspense thriller, with an over-the-top performance by Paxinou.

  • Jun 08, 2011

    interesting murder/thriller

    interesting murder/thriller

  • Sep 30, 2010

    Thursday, September 30, 2010 (1951) Uncle Silas SUSPENSE/ THRILLER Also called "The Inheritance" which is exactly what the title says except that some bad people are after Carolyn Ruthyn's inheritance played by Jean Simmons as the title character. It has some influences from director David Lean's "Great Expectations" and the film lacks some common sense in which stupidity can only go so far, but ends on a good note which is why this film deserves a pass! 3 out of 4

    Thursday, September 30, 2010 (1951) Uncle Silas SUSPENSE/ THRILLER Also called "The Inheritance" which is exactly what the title says except that some bad people are after Carolyn Ruthyn's inheritance played by Jean Simmons as the title character. It has some influences from director David Lean's "Great Expectations" and the film lacks some common sense in which stupidity can only go so far, but ends on a good note which is why this film deserves a pass! 3 out of 4

  • Sep 07, 2009

    jean simmons is perfectly cast, but the story awfully dated. it's hard to believe that someone could be as consistently naive as caroline (protagonist). skip.

    jean simmons is perfectly cast, but the story awfully dated. it's hard to believe that someone could be as consistently naive as caroline (protagonist). skip.

  • Stephen M Super Reviewer
    Jan 09, 2008

    Nicely photographed by Robert Krasker, who would go on to shoot "The Third Man" within a couple of years, this is a handsomely mounted adaptation of J.S. Le Fanu's Victorian melodrama. Trimming away much of the fat and several superfluous characters, Franks' film improves on the book in certain respects but tinkers unnecessarily elsewhere, for example the heroine's name is changed inexplicably from Maud to Caroline. Derrick De Marney is a bit hammy as Silas but the lovely young Jean Simmons is perfectly cast as said heroine. Best of all however is Katina Paxinou, marvellous as the sinister governess Madame de la Rougierre, whose terrifying first appearance is the indelible highlight of the film. If you've read the book, which I would recommend, Paxinou seems to have stepped straight off the page.

    Nicely photographed by Robert Krasker, who would go on to shoot "The Third Man" within a couple of years, this is a handsomely mounted adaptation of J.S. Le Fanu's Victorian melodrama. Trimming away much of the fat and several superfluous characters, Franks' film improves on the book in certain respects but tinkers unnecessarily elsewhere, for example the heroine's name is changed inexplicably from Maud to Caroline. Derrick De Marney is a bit hammy as Silas but the lovely young Jean Simmons is perfectly cast as said heroine. Best of all however is Katina Paxinou, marvellous as the sinister governess Madame de la Rougierre, whose terrifying first appearance is the indelible highlight of the film. If you've read the book, which I would recommend, Paxinou seems to have stepped straight off the page.