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Hush...Hush, Sweet Charlotte (1964)

Not Rated | | Crime, Drama, Mystery | 24 December 1964 (USA)
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An aging, reclusive Southern belle plagued by a horrifying family secret descends into madness after the arrival of a lost relative.

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Robert Aldrich

Writers:

Henry Farrell (screenplay), Lukas Heller (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 7 Oscars. Another 3 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Bette Davis ... Charlotte Hollis
Olivia de Havilland ... Miriam
Joseph Cotten ... Dr. Drew Bayliss
Agnes Moorehead ... Velma Cruther
Cecil Kellaway ... Harry Willis
Victor Buono ... Big Sam Hollis
Mary Astor ... Jewel Mayhew
Wesley Addy ... Sheriff Luke Standish
William Campbell ... Paul Marchand
Bruce Dern ... John Mayhew
Frank Ferguson ... Editor
George Kennedy ... Foreman
Dave Willock ... Taxi Driver
Michel Petit Michel Petit ... Gang Leader (as Michael Petit)
John Megna ... New Boy
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Storyline

Aged, wealthy Charlotte Hollis has lived as a recluse in the crumbling family plantation mansion in Hollisport, Louisiana since her father Sam Hollis' death thirty-six years ago. The only people who regularly see her are her hard-as-nails but seemingly loyal housekeeper, Velma Crowther, and her longtime friend and physician, Dr. Drew Bayliss. She has lived there most of her life except for a short stint in London thirty-seven years ago following the vicious murder of her married lover, John Mayhew, at the plantation's summer house while Sam was hosting one of his legendary grand balls in the mansion. She and John had planned to run off together that night, but instead he was bludgeoned to death, his head and right hand severed from his body. Nobody was ever convicted for his murder, but most people believe Charlotte did it after John changed his mind about running off with her. They also believe that Charlotte, whom they haven't seen in years, is a crazy old woman. Conversely, ... Written by Huggo

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Don't Tell Anyone What Happened In The Summer House! See more »


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Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 December 1964 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

What Ever Happened to Cousin Charlotte? See more »

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Budget:

$2,235,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

When Miriam Deering (Olivia de Havilland) is preparing to close up the house in anticipation of moving out, she is packing a box which is stenciled "Sam Strangis Storage & Transfer, Baton Rouge, LA.". Sam Strangis was the Assistant Director on this movie. See more »

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When Charlotte becomes irate and chases the packers from the house, the camera follows them fleeing from room to room. For a split second, a shadow of the camera or dolly is visible on the near wall as it moves from right to left. See more »

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Charlotte: What do you think I asked you here for? COMPANY?
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Opening credits prologue: 1927 See more »

Alternate Versions

The original UK cinema version was cut by the BBFC to heavily edit the opening cleaver murder, and some cut prints have also been shown on Channel 4 TV. Video and DVD releases are uncut. See more »

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Referenced in Joan Crawford: The Ultimate Movie Star (2002) See more »

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When the Saints Go Marching In
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Grand Guignol with a heart
28 July 1999 | by M. DavidSee all my reviews

"Hush...Hush, Sweet Charlotte" is after all is said and done really a rather sweetly sad movie. The lurid opening with it's bloody murder sequence is only a set-up and a tease: nothing remotely like it occurs for the remainder of the film. (By today's "Scream" standards, of course, this sequence is tepid.) The value of watching this movie, as many (maybe most) people will comment, is the dialog and the performances. Two of the supporting character performances are remarkable, for two entirely different reasons. Agnes Morehead was roundly praised in 1964 for her performance in this movie, and even got an Academy Award nomination. It was, however, a completely misguided conceptualization that comes across as a racist "Amos and Andy" burlesque sketch. The other performance is by Mary Astor as Jewel Mayhew. This was Mary Astor's last performance in a movie, and in her big scene with the actor Cecil Kellaway she is Oscar-worthy. With over-the-top performances in no short supply in this picture, it is understandable that Astor's marvel of delicacy and restraint hardly ever gets a mention.


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