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Director:
Writers:
Henry Farrell (screenplay) &
Lukas Heller (screenplay) ...
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Release Date:
24 December 1964 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
Don't Tell Anyone What Happened In The Summer House! See more »
Plot:
An aging, reclusive southern belle, plagued by a horrifying family secret, descends into madness after the arrival of a lost relative. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for 7 Oscars. Another 6 wins See more »
User Reviews:
Grand Southern Gothic See more (116 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Bette Davis ... Charlotte

Olivia de Havilland ... Miriam

Joseph Cotten ... Drew

Agnes Moorehead ... Velma

Cecil Kellaway ... Harry

Victor Buono ... Big Sam

Mary Astor ... Jewel

Wesley Addy ... Sheriff

William Campbell ... Paul Marchand

Bruce Dern ... John Mayhew
Frank Ferguson ... Editor

George Kennedy ... Foreman
Dave Willock ... Taxi Driver
Michel Petit ... Gang Leader (as Michael Petit)
John Megna ... New Boy
Kelly Flynn ... 2nd Boy
Percy Helton ... Funeral Director
Alida Aldrich ... Young Girl
Kelly Aldrich ... 3rd Boy
William Aldrich ... Boy Dancer
Carol Delay ... Geraldine

Ellen Corby ... Town Gossip
Marianne Stewart ... Town Gossip
Helen Kleeb ... Town Gossip
Lillian Randolph ... Cleaning Woman
Geraldine West ... Cleaning Woman
Maye Henderson ... Cleaning Woman (as Mary Henderson)
Bill Walker ... Chauffeur (as William Walker)
Idell James ... Ginny Mae
Teddy Buckner and His All-Stars ... Band (as Teddy Buckner And His All Stars)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Robert Adler ... Mr. Howard - 1927 Party Guest (uncredited)
Teddy Buckner ... Jazz Band Trumpeter (uncredited)

Jerry Leggio ... Doctor (uncredited)

Directed by
Robert Aldrich 
 
Writing credits
Henry Farrell (screenplay) &
Lukas Heller (screenplay)

Henry Farrell (story)

Produced by
Robert Aldrich .... producer
Walter Blake .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
Frank De Vol  (as DeVol)
 
Cinematography by
Joseph F. Biroc (director of photography) (as Joseph Biroc)
 
Film Editing by
Michael Luciano 
 
Art Direction by
William Glasgow 
 
Set Decoration by
Raphael Bretton 
 
Costume Design by
Norma Koch 
 
Makeup Department
Gene Hibbs .... makeup artist
Margaret Donovan .... hair stylist (uncredited)
Robert J. Schiffer .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Peggy Shannon .... hair stylist (uncredited)
Monty Westmore .... makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Jack R. Berne .... production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
William McGarry .... assistant director
William F. Sheehan .... assistant director
Sam Strangis .... assistant director
 
Art Department
John La Salandra .... construction coordinator
John Orlando .... property master
 
Sound Department
Bernard Freericks .... sound mixer
Herman Lewis .... sound mixer
 
Stunts
Evelyn Finley .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Albert Woodbury .... orchestrator (as Al Woodbury)
Robert Bain .... musician: guitar (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Adell Aldrich .... script apprentice (as Adell Aldrich Bravos)
Robert Gary .... script supervisor
Robert Sherman .... dialogue supervisor
 
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133 min
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Trivia:
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 »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Charlotte and Meriam are dumping the body of Dr. Drew, Charlotte's hair is braided/unbraided between shots.See more »
Quotes:
Miriam:My dress. Somebody slashed my dress!See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Having a Wild Weekend (1965)See more »
Soundtrack:
When the Saints Go Marching InSee more »

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7 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
Grand Southern Gothic, 29 March 2011
Author: Lechuguilla from Dallas, Texas

What an entertaining movie! It's the Southern setting that gives the film its potent flavor, with that overwrought plantation house, the Southern accents, the small town gossip, antebellum attitudes, and the music at the party in 1927. The script's dialogue also reflects this Southern tint. Mournfully reflecting on the past, Sam Hollis (Victor Buono) says near the beginning: "My daddy sat out there on that veranda; let this whole place slide to dust; when he died there was nothing but debts and dirt; I touched that dirt and made it blossom".

The story's theme is a preoccupation with the past, with ghosts not properly buried, and with family secrets, repression, and subterfuge. Charlotte (Bette Davis) is a pitiful woman because she is not rational. Like her daddy, she can't let go of the past. Living all alone in that big house with just her housekeeper Velma (Agnes Moorehead), Charlotte obsesses about bygone days. But if her own delusions contribute to her misery, she at least has the presence of mind to understand that those who come to visit her may not have her best interests in mind, hence the story's conflict as she attempts to fight back.

All of the major roles are ideally cast. I would not have made a single change in casting. Acting trends a tad melodramatic at times, but that's part of the fun. Agnes Moorehead gives one of the great supporting performances of all time. And Olivia de Havilland, with her vocal inflections, shrewd smile and stylish behavior, adds elegance that contrasts nicely with the shabby and humorously uncultured Velma.

B&W cinematography also contributes to the film's high quality. Dramatic lighting, interesting overhead camera angles, lots of interior shadows, and quick zoom-ins all add visual interest.

Plot structure is okay, but the runtime is a bit lengthy. I wish they had edited out some of the campy scenes in the second half.

"Hush...Hush Sweet Charlotte" is a grand movie, with grand actors and grand moments. The story contains mystery, spine-tingling suspense, and it veritably drips with Southern angst. Though the film is a tad campy in a few spots and is a bit long, nevertheless it's wonderfully entertaining.

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