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Hush...Hush, Sweet Charlotte (1964)

Unrated | | Crime, Drama, Mystery | 24 December 1964 (USA)
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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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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Hush, Hush, sweet Charlotte, Charlotte, don't you cry, Chop, Chop, sweet Charlotte, a faithless man must die. See more »


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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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After being in the hospital for five weeks, Joan Crawford returned to work on Monday, July 20, 1964. On the first day, after she spent three hours in make-up, she stepped onto the soundstage, where she was greeted with applause and hugs from the cast and crew. Bette Davis also joined in the welcoming and handed Joan one perfect red rose. On the second day, Davis announced during a scene between Crawford and Joseph Cotten that she wanted some lines eliminated. "I am cutting some dialogue," said Bette, wielding a large red pencil and excising large chunks of dialogue from Joan's scene. "Miriam doesn't need them, and you, Mr. Cotten, I hope you don't mind. These lines hold me up." Joan abandoned her professionalism and turned on her heels and went to her dressing room. After this incident she was unable to work a full day without feeling tired. See more »

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When Charlotte and Meriam are dumping the body of Dr. Drew, Charlotte's hair is braided/unbraided between shots. 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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Referenced in Having a Wild Weekend (1965) See more »

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Played by the band at the party when Charlotte appears
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By far the best work of Bette Davis and Agnes Moorehead ever!
8 April 2000 | by (North Carolina) – See all my reviews

Being your average "on-the-go" modern teenager, you can expect that I never have time to waste on a bad movie, with school, homework, and the other neurosis of life in the new millennium. However, this is NOT a bad movie! In fact, I'd venture to say that this is the very best movie I've ever seen!!! I've got a sort of yen for the older films, especially when they involve bizarre love triangles and great musical scores, but this one tops them all! Bette Davis' and Agnes Moorehead's acting abilities are superb, and this is one of the scariest films produced, utilizing twisted, distorting camera sequences and a genuinely frightening plot progression, complete with delicious twists, turns, zig-zags, and murder sequences that'll send you plummeting off the edge of your seat!!!! A classic "whodunit" that'll thrill even the most straight-laced film critic (my six-year-old sister loves it!) So rush out now (Or stay at your computer), and get "Hush...Hush, Sweet Charlotte"! You WON'T regret it!


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