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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 ...
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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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Release Date:

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?


Agnes Moorehead was the only one to win a Golden Globe or earn an Oscar nomination out of the entire cast. See more »


When Charlotte is telling Miriam off at the dining table ("Sounds pretty dirty to me!") she lifts her wine glass to her mouth; a split second later she is lifting it mid-air. See more »


Miriam: [Arriving at Charlotte's house] They say places you knew as a child always seem smaller than your memory of them. It's not true!
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Referenced in This Is Your Life: Bette Davis (1971) See more »


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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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