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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 »


Anthony Kimmins


Kenneth Horne (screenplay), Noel Streatfeild (novel)


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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


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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Release Date:

22 November 1954 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Die Erbschaft der Tante Clara See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

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


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 seemingly guileless old lady inherits all sorts of vice-ridden businesses.
12 July 2018 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

"Aunt Clara" is a cute little British comedy. While it's not exactly a laugh out loud movie, it is sweet and worth seeing.

When the story begins, an old man is preparing for his 80th birthday party. You soon see his various relatives after they receive his invitations....and each of them is coming simply because the guy is rich and they are expecting him to remember them in his will. But when the man dies, everyone is surprised when the bulk of his fortune goes to Clara (Margaret Lockwood), a nice old lady who isn't the least interested in his fortune. And, in fact, she's the only one who didn't come to the birthday party because of this.

What exactly did his will give Clara? Well, she isn't sure and the Uncle's butler, Henry, is not exactly thrilled to tell Clara...in fact he quits! Why? Because the Uncle's hand was involved in all sorts of vices--crooked gambling, prostitution and more! But Clara insists Henry stays to help her and he does. In fact, he spends most of his time trying to trick her into thinking they're all legitimate businesses. What's next? See the film.

While I would never say that this is a great comedy, it is a clever one and well worth your time. I also appreciate how repeatedly the film makes choices I wouldn't have made...making the story a bit of a surprise and not filled with the expected cliches. Well worth your time.

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