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Hush...Hush, Sweet Charlotte (1964)

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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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Charlotte Hollis, an aging recluse deluded into a state of dementia by horrible memories and hallucinations, lives in a secluded house where, thirty-seven years before, John Mayhew her married lover, was beheaded and mutilated by an unknown assailant. Written by filmfactsman

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24 December 1964 (USA)  »

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What Ever Happened to Cousin Charlotte?  »

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$2,235,000 (estimated)
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Second picture in a row in which Olivia de Havilland stepped into a role originally announced for Joan Crawford; prior to this one, she played the lead in Lady in a Cage (1964) when Crawford bowed out. See more »

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In the ballroom dance scene near the beginning of the film, the women's hairstyles are 1964 vintage, rather than in 1927 style as the scene calls for. See more »

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Big Sam Hollis: I can't even look at Charlotte without ugly thoughts rip my guts! I'd sooner it been one of my field boys.
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Hush...Hush, Sweet Charlotte
Lyrics by Mack David
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Grand Guignol with a heart
28 July 1999 | by (Athens, GA) – See 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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