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The Nanny (1965)

Unrated | | Thriller | 7 November 1965 (UK)
There's just something not quite right when Bette Davis stars as an English nanny. And is her 10 year-old charge an emotionally disturbed murderer or just an insolent brat?

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Bette Davis is an English nanny whose charge is a rude 10-year-old Joey, just discharged from a disturbed children's home where he'd spent two years undergoing treatment for drowning his little sister in the bath. He returns to an unloving father, fragile mother, and doting nanny -- whom he hates. Suspicion arises again when his mother is poisoned, and Joey continues to insist Nanny is responsible. Joey contends the nanny was responsible for his little sister's death, and only the upstairs neighbour girl believes him. Written by alfiehitchie

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She had been in the family for years. Then, two died mysteriously and two lived in terror! See more »

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$1,300,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

The role of the Nanny was originally intended for Greer Garson who first accepted then declined, saying the script would not be good for her career. Jimmy Sangster who wrote and produced the film later said, "I went to Santa Fe and met with Greer, and she said she liked the script, and everything was fine. When I got back to London, we had a message from L.A. saying that Greer Garson didn't think the script would do her career much good. I didn't like to say she didn't have a career in those days." See more »

Goofs

In the opening titles, Bette Davis is returning from errands, feeding birds in the park, buying flowers from a street vendor. She carries a square box tied with string that is upturned while buying flowers. Upon returning home to the Vane household, the box is opened to reveal a decorated cake for Joey and amazingly the cake looks perfect despite it's perilous journey home. See more »

Quotes

Aunt Pen: You said you wouldn't go into the bathroom, he made you swear!
The nanny: Nor did I.
Aunt Pen: You lie!
The nanny: Miss Pen!
Aunt Pen: It's ALL been lies, hasn't it? Now give me that pillow.
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Featured in Hammer: The Studio That Dripped Blood! (1987) See more »

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Focus on Fame
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Music by Sam Fonteyn
Brull Music Ltd
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Chilling
18 November 2001 | by (Cape Cod, MA USA) – See all my reviews

Bette Davis gives her most chilling performance in this film. Her restraint is remarkable, following Baby Jane as this film did. If you ever want to see what passive aggressive looks like, watch this movie. I've seen it twice, and would want to see it again.


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