[caption The grey April clouds are raining down tears of sadness because you are not with us, George. You have been gone from us for forty-three long, lonely years. No man has come along who can replace you.
I comfort myself by viewing your wonderful movies and basking in your handsomeness and then listening to your rich, deep, melodious voice with the sexy English accent as you sing love songs from your 1957 album. I also find comfort in cataloging all my photos of you, arranging them chronologically by movie and putting them into albums. I can delight my eyes by looking at my condominium walls which are covered with framed photos of you, posters and lobby cards from your movies, and other entertainment memorabilia involving you.
I know you would not want us to dwell on the sadness, George so I will talk about some happier things that have been happening. , In addition to “Rebecca”, “All About Eve”, and “Journey To Italy” , some of your other movies have been released as blu-ray. Among them is one of my very favorites, “The Strange Affair of Uncle Harry”. (The photo in my slide show labeled “my favorite George” shows what George looked like in the movie. It was a publicity photo for the movie.) This movie was filmed in 1945 and the film had deteriorated badly. Although the wonderful folks at UCLA had worked to restore it, the image quality was still not as good as one would want. However, the image quality of the blu-ray dvd is startlingly good. When I watched it I simply had to gasp with delight. The images are high definition and very clear. One can see George’s handsomeness very well. I encourage everyone to buy it.
A play by Thomas Job, Uncle Harry was originally presented on Broadway. George portrays a fabric designer who has to support his sisters. One of whom, Lettie (Geraldine Fitzgerald) uses her physical ailments as a method of controlling her brother with whom she is in love. Unlike the play, because of the movie censorship of the time, the film is unable to present the incestuous aspect of Lettie and Harry’s relationship, concerning which Harry is consumed with guilt and remorse. Therefore subtle expressions and words get this message across to the audience while avoiding censorship. Even the ending of the movie had to be radically altered from that of the play to conform to censorship strictures of the times. Still, one gets the message! Along comes Deborah Brown (Ella Raines) and she and Harry fall in love and plan to marry. Lettie is consumed with jealousy and goes to shocking extremes, including faking illness, to prevent Harry’s marriage. This illness prevents Harry from leaving and marrying Deborah as planned and Deborah leaves in a fury. Harry would love to “get rid of” Lettie, but does he do so or not.? I won’t betray what happens next and spoil the movie for you.
The movie is well worth watching. George is cast completely against type by portraying a milk-toast character controlled by women (who could see that really happening!!) and plays the part beautifully. . In the movie you can see Deborah using techniques, as Lettie had, to control Harry. To quote the description from the blu-ray release Uncle Harry “is a deceptively diabolical film, a cold-hearted film noir cloaked in the quaint atmosphere of a small-town romance.”
It is a quite interesting film and an unusual one for George. I encourage everyone to watch it.