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What Ever Happened to Aunt Alice? (1969)

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An aging widow hides a deadly secret which she will do anything to keep buried.


Lee H. Katzin, Bernard Girard (uncredited)


Theodore Apstein (screenplay by), Ursula Curtiss (novel)


Cast overview, first billed only:
Geraldine Page ... Mrs. Marrable
Ruth Gordon ... Mrs. Dimmock
Rosemary Forsyth ... Harriet Vaughn
Robert Fuller ... Mike Darrah
Mildred Dunnock ... Miss Tinsley
Joan Huntington Joan Huntington ... Julia Lawson
Peter Brandon Peter Brandon ... George Lawson
Michael Barbera ... Jim Vaughn
Peter Bonerz ... Mr. Bentley
Richard Angarola ... Sheriff Armijo
Claire Kelly ... Elva
Valerie Allen ... Dottie
Martin Garralaga ... Juan
Jack Bannon ... Olin
Seth Riggs Seth Riggs ... Warren
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An aging widow hides a deadly secret which she will do anything to keep buried.

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Helen Hayes was considered for a role. See more »


In a scene where Mrs. Dimmock is talking with Claire about a stockbroker, Claire is having a cup of tea. When she finishes her tea she asks Mrs. Dimmock for another cup. Handing her just the cup, in the next scene she is seen to be holding both a cup and saucer. When Claire hears the dog Chloe bark, she jumps and almost drops the cup and tea spills out of the cup, meaning the cup was not empty when the tea was supposedly finished. See more »


Claire Marrable: You are the only mistake I made.
Alice Dimmock: Didn't you ever think you'd be found out?
Claire Marrable: No and I won't be.
Alice Dimmock: Giving yourself away like that...
Claire Marrable: To you? You are a dead woman.
Alice Dimmock: Oh no, I'm alive. See, I'm very much alive. And I'm not gonna be your next victim.
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References What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962) See more »

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Geraldine Page is the poster woman for psycho-biddies everywhere with her chilling performance in `Whatever Happened to Aunt Alice?'
28 August 2000 | by Queen BeaSee all my reviews

What's a poor widow to do when her husband dies and leaves her penniless? Move to the Arizona desert, start a pine tree garden, and fertilize it with human mulch? Well.wouldn't you?? Geraldine Page has quite the green thumb as Mrs. Claire Marrable--the wicked widow with the pine tree fetish--in the chilling thriller "Whatever Happened to Aunt Alice?"

Grand dame Bette Davis once quipped: "Fasten your seatbelts, it's gonna be a bumpy night!" Bette, you are so right! If you remember Geraldine Page as the sweet li'l ol' lady from `Trip to Bountiful'.FUGETABOWTIT! Page does a 180 as she transmogrifies from helpless Southern widow to cool, calculating murderess with money and murder on the brain--and a means to achieve both. Page hits the bulls-eye with each scene. All of her nervous ticks are appropriately timed. She is at her best when putting on airs and verbally sparring with unarmed opponents. What a stellar performance! Geraldine, girlfriend, you is flawless!!

Many deliciously diabolical scenes abound, like when pesky canine Chloe threatens to dig up the dirt on her murderous past-time, Page as Marrable barks back: "I have not taken loving and diligent care of my garden to have it wrecked by this vagrant bitch!" Page's character is equally disenchanted with her new next door neighbor, Ms. Vaughn, whom she refers to as "crabgrass, never really quelled, only cropping up secretly and victoriously in another spot". The only one Page can stomach is Ruth Gordon as the inquisitive Aunt Alice--an undercover housekeeper on a mission to get to the root (haha) of all evil and discover the whereabouts of a friend last seen in Page's employ. But when she's tardy serving up cocktails, an impatient Geraldine rips her a new one: `Punctuality is essential to a gracious way of life, which I do not intend to give up on account of you.' Ruth returns fire: `If you wanna live like some Dutchess of Maharati, you better learn how to behave like one!' Geraldine shakes furiously from head to toe after a fiesty Ruth flat-out inquires: "How MANY women have you killed?" Try to suppress a snicker as you watch a pint-sized Ruthie scamper away from Page, who smugly stalks her throughout her secluded desert home to the beat of bongos and a psychotic musical score. Page's wicked laughter is sprinkled spuriously throughout the film to the backdrop of swaying pine trees-how ingenious! Not even Bette Davis cackled with such nefarious mirth as Baby Jane Hudson!

Praise be the master of psycho-shrews on film, Robert Aldrich--who directed the cult smash "Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?"--for producing this special gem, and a hearty kudos to Lee Katzin for his superlative directing skills. This movie will make you bow down and pray to the Church of Geraldine Page. So what are you waiting for? Rent it tonight.and START PRAYING!!

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20 August 1969 (USA) See more »

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