How to Murder a Rich Uncle

Director: Nigel Patrick
Screenwriter: John Paxton
Starring: Charles Coburn, Nigel Patrick, Wendy Hiller, Anthony Newley
Release details: Warwick Films, UK 1957, 80mins
Full details: IMDb
Genre: Black comedy
Rating: not rated

Low budget British black comedy starring and directed by Nigel Patrick, one of the leading men of the time.

When an aristocratic family falls on hard times, they decide on a get rich quick scheme to get them back on top: murdering their rich American relative Coburn, but succeed only in killing each other. All similarities to The Ladykillers entirely intentional.


Caine's role as Irish thug Gilrony, hired to help out the family, ended up being cut to almost nothing, but at least he got the part in the first place. Also up for the role was then-unknown Sean Connery.

Anthony Newley was a well-known British heart-throb actor and singer in the 1950s and 1960s and was once married to Joan Collins. He also co-wrote the score for Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.


The Golden Years maintains a page on the late Dame Wendy Hiller.

There is an Anthony Newley tribute page, with a biography, filmography and info on all his albums.