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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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The years will soon erase a lover's lies...the blood on his face! See more »


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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)

Gross USA:

$7,000,000, 31 January 1966
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On Friday, June 12, 1964, the last day of shooting in Louisiana, after some late-afternoon shots, Joan Crawford was relaxing in her trailer, on hand if needed for additional scenes. She apparently dozed off, because when she woke up it was dark. When she sent her maid to check when shooting would be completed, she found the place empty. The crew had packed up and left, leaving Joan at the rear of the house, in her trailer, with no transportation back to the motel. Outraged, Joan returned to Los Angeles the very next day and checked herself into Cedars Sinai Hospital. 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 »

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Miriam: My dress. Somebody slashed my dress!
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Referenced in The Lady in Question Is Charles Busch (2005) See more »

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When the Saints Go Marching In
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By far the best work of Bette Davis and Agnes Moorehead ever!
8 April 2000 | by 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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