Hush...Hush, Sweet Charlotte (1964)

Unrated  |   |  Mystery, Thriller  |  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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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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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 »


When Charlotte and Meriam are dumping the body of Dr. Drew, Charlotte's hair is braided/unbraided between shots. See more »


Miriam: What is it that you don't believe Drew? That I'm here, or that I look the way I do?
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References Diabolique (1955) See more »


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A Fun, Frantic, Over-the-top Gothic Melodrama!
10 November 1999 | by See all my reviews

Well, I loved Bette Davis' performances, as a rule. But I'm willing to bet that even NON fans of Davis would appreciate her tour in this particular movie. Following two years after "Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?", "Hush...Hush, Sweet Charlotte" is nevertheless four times the film of its more noted predecessor. The reasons for this are four=fold. The script, though occasionally unintentionally funny, is still crisper, more believable and contains a more satisfying ending. Next, Davis' is more balanced by the performances of DeHavilland, Cotton, a more mature Victor Buono, and the great Agnes Morehead. Thirdly, we have a better set and setting, more attuned to the genre. Finally, the cinematography is several notches better, in my opinion. Adding it all up, you have an exceptionally fine example of that unique genre, the gothic melodrama. In this movie, the genre is virtually defined! If asked to name an example to a "top twenty" or "top fifty" movie list, "Hush...Hush, Sweet Charlotte" would definitely make the cut.

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