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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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Jewel
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Paul Marchand
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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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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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Robert Aldrich had to take three planes, a train and a taxi up a goat trail to get to Olivia de Havilland's home, which was in the mountains of Switzerland. It took him four days to convince her to step in and replace Joan Crawford. See more »

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Throughout the film, Charlotte and Miriam keep on referring to the "county commissioner". Louisiana is one of two states in the U.S. that's not divided into counties, the other being Alaska. See more »

Quotes

Big Sam Hollis: [speaking, angrily, to John Mayhew] My daddy sat out there on that veranda. Let this whole place slide to dust. When he died there was nothin' but debts and dirt. I touched that dirt and made it blossom. I fought to keep this house and to bring it back up!
Big Sam Hollis: [going over to Charlotte's portrait on the wall] I don't have a son to give it to - only Charlotte. And she ain't gonna' give it to you. You ain't gonna' have my home or my child. I created both and I'm gonna' keep 'em.
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Referenced in Stars of the Silver Screen: Bette Davis (2011) See more »

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Hush...Hush, Sweet Charlotte
Lyrics by Mack David
Music by Frank De Vol
Sung by Al Martino
[Performed over the closing credits]
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15 February 2001 | by (Columbia, South Carolina) – See all my reviews

They don't make 'em like this anymore, and, sad to say, we Americans don't have as many actors and actresses of this caliber anymore today, either. Nevertheless, despite its spotty campiness, unintentional funny moments, borderline flashback sequences, storyline holes and generally predictable plot, this is a spectacular film, especially considering the era in which it was made.

All the performances are strong, intense and excellent. Perhaps the best ones, however, are given by Olivia de Havilland and Agnes Moorehead, who have been more or less associated or stereotyped in other venues. Yes, this is the same Agnes Moorehead who is probably best known as Endora from "Bewitched," but it only serves as testimony that she was one actress who could steal thunder with any role.

Overall, the story is a good one, and realistic to the location given. The story would absolutely not work, for example, in a large urban area. The film is great fun, and knowing how the whole story plays out is an excellent reason to watch it again, as you know what the characters know. Sit back and enjoy the brillant acting on all counts!


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