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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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Complete credited cast:
Jill Bennett ...
James Villiers ...
Bobbie Medman
Jack Watling ...
Dr. Medman
Maurice Denham ...
Dr. Beamaster
Alfred Burke ...
Dr. Wills
Angharad Aubrey ...
Susy Fane
Nora Gordon ...
Mrs. Griggs
Sandra Power ...


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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Release Date:

7 November 1965 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

A merced del odio  »

Box Office


$1,300,000 (estimated)

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Alfred Burke replaced Harold Lang. See more »


In the scene where they put the doll into the bathtub to scare the nanny: When they first pick up the doll, it has blonde hair, then when they put it into the bathtub, it has black hair, then when the nanny finds it, it has blonde hair again. This is a technique that is repeated throughout the second half of the film, whenever the bathtub death is revisited by the characters. See more »


Bobbie Medman: You said she tried to kill you.
Joey Fane: That's right, just like she killed Susie.
Bobbie Medman: She killed your sister?
Joey Fane: Sort of... yes she did.
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References Mary Poppins (1964) See more »


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Music by Sam Fonteyn
Brull Music Ltd
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One of the last Great British Thrillers
13 April 2005 | by See all my reviews

So many people associate Wendy Craig with comedy roles only; many are either too young, or simply don't remember that she played along side such diverse actors and Hollywood Greats as Dirke Bogarde and Bette Davis. In this - probably her greatest Movie, she gives an award-winning performance as the neurotic wife of a Queen's Messenger with a disturbed ten year old son.

This Movie could not go wrong with such a strong cast which included so many familiar greats as; Maurice Denham, Pamela Franklin and Jill Bennett to just mention one or two of them. Each actor gives their best in this gripping thriller from the outset. This Movie is not least made so great by no less than three wonderful child stars of the time - a feat that cannot be matched today, partly due to the fact that the age of the traditional Child Star has long left us... Angharad Aubrey, who plays the little dead girl Suzy in flashbacks is exceptionally talented at such a tender age, and surprisingly is never seen in Movies ever again. Not so surprising I suppose, when one considers that William Dix who plays Joey disappeared just a couple of years later, along with the famous Pamela Franklin who vanished from the Silver Screen never to return in 1976...

This Movie was difficult to get hold of when on Video release, and has only ever been done on DVD as a 'double' feature release with 'The Blue Lamp' which was a cheap and nasty way of issuing any Great British Classics.

I think the least one is told about this film, the better. The Viewer is best kept completely in the dark in order to enjoy it at its best. It's certainly a Movie I've savoured in my collection; having viewed it no less than thirty times to date, and still not tired!

There's nothing worse than an American attempting an English accent, or the other way round if not truly accomplished, but here, Bette Davis surpasses herself when she acts and sounds truly British. One ought to note that it is far more difficult to 'drop' an American accent, than it ever is to pick one up. Even the smaller parts are taken by well-known actors such as Alfred Burke and Harry Fowler.

Jill Bennett thoroughly enjoys herself in her dramatic role as the sickly sister; she always said that her idea of heaven was forever rehearsing - what a time she must have had here! Think about that one when you watch her in The Nanny!

Not to be missed!

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