Aunt Clara (film)

Aunt Clara

UK theatrical poster
Directed by Anthony Kimmins
Produced by Anthony Kimmins
Colin Lesslie
Written by Noel Streatfeild (novel)
Kenneth Horne
Starring Ronald Shiner
Margaret Rutherford
A. E. Matthews
Fay Compton
Music by Benjamin Frankel
Cinematography C.M. Pennington-Richards
Edited by Gerald Turney Smith
Colin Lesslie Productions
Distributed by British Lion Film Corporation
Release dates
22 November 1954
Running time
84 minutes
Country United Kingdom
Language English

Aunt Clara is a 1954 British comedy film starring Margaret Rutherford as a woman who inherits a number of shady businesses from a relative. Ronald Shiner, A. E. Matthews, and Fay Compton are also featured. The film was based on the novel of the same name by author Noel Streatfeild, and directed by Anthony Kimmins for London Films.[1]


Clara Hilton (Margaret Rutherford), is a puritanical old lady whose eccentric uncle dies and leaves her five racing greyhounds, a broken-down pub, and a successful brothel. When confronted with her property, Clara is outraged, but shrewdly finds a way to convert the tainted money to good use for a children’s holiday fund. Clara also keeps Simon’s outspoken valet Henry Martin (Ronald Shiner) on to assist her.


Critical reception

'Britmovie' wrote the film "fails to catch fire despite its undoubted charm. Margaret Rutherford plays the eponymous lead but for once her dotty spinster persona is understated and the film contains a suffocating melancholic tone that only resolves itself at the films moving closure";[2] while TV Guide observed "a charming film dotted with cameos by noted British comics."[3]


  1. "Aunt Clara (1954) - film review". Retrieved 31 May 2012.
  2. "Aunt Clara 1954". Britmovie | Home of British Films. Retrieved 2014-06-23.
  3. "Aunt Clara Review". Retrieved 2014-06-23.

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