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Unexpected Uncle (1941)

Passed | | Comedy, Drama | 7 November 1941 (USA)
A feisty retiree plays peacemaker for a young couple.

Director:

Peter Godfrey

Writers:

Delmer Daves (screen play), Noel Langley (screen play) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Anne Shirley ... Kathleen Brown
James Craig ... Johnny Kerrigan
Charles Coburn ... Seton Mansley
Ernest Truex ... Wilkins
Renee Godfrey ... Carol West (as Renee Haal)
Russell Gleason ... Tommy Turner
Astrid Allwyn ... Sara Cochran
Jed Prouty ... Sanderson
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Storyline

Seton Mansley aka Alfred Crane narrates--and steals the show--as a Florida retiree who intercedes to patch up problems between Kathleen Brown and Johnny Kerrigan. Written by Shu

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Taglines:

WITH A CUPID LIKE ME...YOU CAN'T MISS! (original poster-all caps) See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

7 November 1941 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

O Tio Inesperado See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This film was a disappointment at the box office, resulting in a loss to RKO of $195,000 ($3.44M in 2018) according to studio records. See more »

Goofs

On the ground at the airport, Kerrigan's plane is a Douglas DC-3/DST (Douglas Sleeper Transport - note the upper row of small windows). But, depicted flying, the model used is a Boeing 247. Also note the plane on the ground is unpainted bare metal silver and the flying model is painted, and with different insignia on the rear fuselage. See more »

Quotes

Seton Mansley aka Alfred Crane: Suddenly, it had come to me that I was the only one out of 28,000 guys who wasn't allowed to come home every night at six o'clock and smoke his slippers, and read his dinner, and eat his pipe.
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Soundtracks

Wishing (Will Make It So)
(1939) (uncredited)
Music and lyrics by Buddy G. DeSylva
Played as dance music by the orchestra at the Colony Club
Danced to by Anne Shirley and James Craig and other couples
Reprised by a piano at the Colony Club
Sung by Joey Ray at the Colony Club
Played as background music often
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Why is this movie so good?
21 October 2009 | by benoit-3See all my reviews

Basically, because of its great writers (Delmer Daves and Noel Langley), two names who appear in unexpected places all through the forties, fifties and sixties. They were obviously trying to emulate the comedies of Preston Sturges with a mix of horse sense, common touch, slapstick and profound truths about the human condition and social classes in America. The result is a film that should be seen more often. A big Thank You to TCM (as usual) for unearthing this genuine masterpiece. Almost every line of the script is a well-crafted witticism that would do Oscar Wilde proud, delivered by a cast of experts. Of particular note is the fine development of James Craig's screen persona as a testosterone-laden Prince Charming.


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