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Hush...Hush, Sweet Charlotte (1964)

Unrated | | Crime, Drama, Horror | 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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Nominated for 7 Oscars. Another 3 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Harry Willis
Big Sam Hollis
Jewel Mayhew
Sheriff Luke Standish
Paul Marchand
John Mayhew
Taxi Driver
Michel Petit ...
Gang Leader (as Michael Petit)
John Megna ...
New Boy


Aged and wealthy Charlotte Hollis has lived alone and 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 the better part 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. That evening, she and John were going to run off together, that is before he was bludgeoned to death, his right hand and head which were never found. No one was ever convicted for his murder, but most people believe Charlotte did it after John changed his mind about running off with her. Not having seen her in years, they also now believe Charlotte is a crazy old ... Written by Huggo

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24 December 1964 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

What Ever Happened to Cousin Charlotte?  »

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$2,235,000 (estimated)

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Did You Know?


Joan Crawford felt that Bette Davis was manipulating director Robert Aldrich, saying, "She's practically directing the picture for him right in front of me, so God knows what else she's up to behind my back. I might wind up on the cutting-room floor." See more »


In the scene when Charlotte returns to the house with Miriam after dumping Drew's body Charlotte walks up the steps in her bare feet. The sound track is for shoes clopping up the steps and to the door. See more »


Harry Willis: You're my favorite living mystery.
Charlotte: Have you ever solved me?
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A Cast of Class!
22 September 2004 | by (Adelaide Australia) – See all my reviews

Following soon after "Whatever Happened to Baby Jane", I originally thought that "Hush Hush Sweet Charlotte" would be a letdown - far from it, in my opinion, much better due a great deal to the cast of great actors and actresses. Bette Davis was in her element in this role of Charlotte, while Olivia de Havilland in the role originally planned for Joan Crawford was superb, and was an inspired piece of accidental casting! Agnes Moorehead deserved her Academy nomination, while Mary Astor was a most welcome sight. Joseph Cotten normally seems very wooden in his parts, but does an excellent job here. The Black and White photography adds a great deal to the mood, and is far better than Colour would have been. The ending was very well planned and carried out, and you feel after the film ends there is something else that happened that the viewer never saw. Get it on Video - it is well worth the experience.

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