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Director:
Writers:
Henry Farrell (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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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:
Though adapted from Henry Farrell's unpublished short story, "What Ever Happened to Cousin Charlotte?", this title was nixed personally by Bette Davis, who felt it was too close to "What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?" Upon hearing Frank De Vol's theme song for the film, Davis agreed with a suggestion (or perhaps was the first to suggest) a switch to "Hush...Hush, Sweet Charlotte", a lyric from the song.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: As Miriam arrives, the scene from inside the cab clearly shows the driver turning right to go around the circular driveway. A second later, shot from the house, the cab is still going straight before reaching the point where it has to turn.See more »
Quotes:
Velma Cruther:Think I don't know a due bill when I see one?See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Having a Wild Weekend (1965)See more »
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14 out of 22 people found the following review useful.
The Evil..., 6 October 2008
Author: jzappa from Cincinnati, OH, United States

There is an ominous feeling about this movie, even its title, which seems to go out of its way to seem like it truly has soul and communicates with us. Its story is very sad. Bette Davis nearly melts down from the heat of her own presence as a wealthy spinster who lives in a big mansion on a plantation that has interminably been in her family. The Highway Commission plans to level her home and build a new highway through the estate. Davis, playing the titular Charlotte, disregards the eviction notice and refuses to leave, feeling that it is all she has in the world. She demonstrates her feelings by keeping the demolition crew and the bulldozer away by shooting at them. They finally give up and leave temporarily.

The movie, rather than opening with cursive credit titles and interchangeable orchestral music, starts immediately, set many years earlier, when Charlotte is still barely an adult, and her married lover, played by a very young Bruce Dern, is murdered in a stunning scene for 1964. Although the killer was never discovered, the local townspeople, and director Robert Wise's camera, are persuaded of Charlotte's guilt. Charlotte has since become a recluse, a black sheep of the community, living with her housekeeper, Agnes Moorehead, in the fading mansion. Now she tries to find support in her struggle against the Highway Commission from Olivia de Havilland, playing her cousin who lived with the family as a girl. Upon her return, she refreshes her relationship with a local doctor who jilted her after the murder, played by Joseph Cotton, who flaunts a hugely persuasive Southern twang.

Olivia de Havilland's performance is inordinately remarkable. She is an actress entirely opposite of Bette Davis. She is of incredible self-control, not only as an actress, but as a woman. Her first instinct is to fight feelings, smother, restrain, and simply not accept her outsized emotional condition. But, in refusing to welcome innate unpredictability, grief is only complicated, but this is never overt. She masks this complexity in her irresistible feminine poise and beauty. She brings such incredible adjustments that slowly build upon one's comprehension of her character. Her looks, her reactions, her completely closeted feelings are knowingly real and natural. Robert Wise, a master of realism in the most haunting contexts, sees this as significant realistic gold and makes sure to steadily maintain its purity.

Wise maintains purity in many areas of Hush…Hush, Sweet Charlotte. The evil, for instance, that is unraveled is unadulterated, shocking cruelty, heartlessness and sadism. The film is definitely scary in spite of the shock value it bears for its time. As a "grand guignol" sort of story, it is a naturalistic horror tale, a graphic, amoral psychological drama. It is this kind of pure evil that really draws you in to a thriller. Wise's Gothic tale, shot in a telling black and white, has that draw, and would not be out of place being performed in one of the turn-of- the-century French theaters, perhaps a converted chapel, the theater's history shown in the confessionals, angels and stain glass above the stage.

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