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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 5 wins See more »
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Great film but slightly flawed in the middle See more (115 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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When asked by Bette Davis who he thought could be a possibility to play Cousin Miriam, Robert Aldrich suggested Bette's The Man Who Came to Dinner (1942) co-star Ann Sheridan. Ultimately, Aldrich persuaded her to accept Joan Crawford because it was what the studio wanted.See more »
Goofs:
Errors in geography: 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:
Velma Cruther:So you're finally showin' the right side of your face. Well, I seen it all along. That's some kinda drug you been givin' her. Isn't it? It's what's been making her act like she's been. Well, Ah'm goin' into town and Ah'm tellin them what you been up to.See more »
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Spoofed in Hush Up Sweet Charlotte (????)See more »
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41 out of 59 people found the following review useful.
Great film but slightly flawed in the middle, 14 January 2005
Author: Brandt Sponseller from New York City

John Mayhew (Bruce Dern), a married man, is having an affair with Charlotte Hollis (Bette Davis). When Charlotte's father, Sam (Victor Buono), a local bigwig (the town is even named after the family) finds out that John was planning on eloping with Charlotte, he demands that John tells Charlotte during a big party that he's breaking off their relationship. John ends up dead, and Charlotte is the likely suspect. Thirty-seven years later, Charlotte is still living as a recluse on her family's plantation, but now she is being forced to move, as a highway is going to be built across her property. Gradually, people come back into her life to ostensibly help her.

For at least the first 45 minutes to an hour or so into the film, Hush . . . Hush, Sweet Charlotte is a 10 out of 10. Unfortunately, given a 133-minute running time, director Robert Aldrich can't sustain the intensity for the length of the film, but Hush . . . Hush, Sweet Charlotte finishes as an 8 out of 10 for me.

Although there are some thriller and horror elements, both take up relatively little screen time. At that though, these elements are extremely effective. Some parts are surprisingly graphic for 1964--just enough to be a surprise and evoke the appropriate sense of shock. The best horror/thriller material in the film is in the haunted house vein, and for a time, we wonder if Hush . . . Hush, Sweet Charlotte is going to end up being a ghost story.

But the focus here is primarily on Charlotte and Miriam Deering (Olivia de Havilland) and their relationship to one another. Davis and de Havilland are both incredible in the film, and both go through a very wide range of emotions. Oddly, Agnes Moorehead (as Velma Cruther) was more recognized for her performance than the rest of the cast in terms of awards and nominations, with de Havilland receiving neither. Not that Moorehead wasn't good, but in my view, she wasn't the standout performance. However, that's just further fuel for my belief that the Academy Awards have little to do with rewarding the best films, actors and filmmakers.

There are also broader themes explored as a subtext, including the changing way of life in the southern United States between the early and mid-20th Century.

I subtracted two points because the film lost a bit of its momentum and direction in the middle, but the last half-hour is as exciting as the beginning.

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