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Leslie Banks
Actor, Jamaica Inn (1939)
Leslie Banks is Joss Merlyn, Mary’s smuggler uncle. For this role, Mr Banks sports a furry frock resembling the jacket usually worn by Frankenstein’s monster. He even walks with a stiff, heavy-footed stride that further suggests that he has just emerged from a laboratory table. His sporadic “fits of anger” provide the film with some of its few entertaining moments, as he shouts and twists and rolls his eyes, lifting his eyebrows menacingly up to his forehead. It is the sort of vivid, clownish overacting that one would expect at the monkey house in the zoo.
(Harry Medved & Randy Dreyfuss, The Fifty Worst Films of All Time)
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