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The Nanny (1965)

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Bette Davis stars as an English nanny whose sense of reality is clouded due to some deep dark secret in her past.

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Complete credited cast:
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Wendy Craig ...
Jill Bennett ...
James Villiers ...
William Dix ...
Pamela Franklin ...
Bobbie Medman
Jack Watling ...
Dr. Medman
Maurice Denham ...
Dr. Beamaster
Alfred Burke ...
Dr. Wills
Harry Fowler ...
Milkman
Angharad Aubrey ...
Susy Fane
Nora Gordon ...
Mrs. Griggs
Sandra Power ...
Sarah
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Storyline

Bette Davis is an English nanny whose charge is 10-year-old Joey, just released from a home for disturbed children where he'd spent two years undergoing treatment for drowning his little sister in the bath. Shortly after his arrival home, suspicion arouses again when his mother is poisoned. But Joey continues to insist Nanny is responsible, just as she was with the death of his little sister, with only a neighboring friend believing the young boy. Written by alfiehitchie

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nanny | drowning | boy | bathtub | fake hanging | See more »

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Another Memorable Davis Portrait! See more »

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Thriller

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Release Date:

27 October 1965 (USA)  »

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The Nanny  »

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Budget:

$1,300,000 (estimated)
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(RCA Sound Recording)

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Alfred Burke replaced Harold Lang. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Joey Fane: Is Aunt Pen ill?
Virginia 'Virgie' Fane: Yes, she had traumatic fever as a baby. Left her with a weak heart.
Joey Fane: You mean if she got scared or something, she could just fall down dead?
Virginia 'Virgie' Fane: Yes.
Joey Fane: Has *she* got a weak heart?
Virginia 'Virgie' Fane: Who? If you mean Nanny, say so, is that who you mean?
Joey Fane: Yes.
Virginia 'Virgie' Fane: No, she's as healthy as a horse.
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Connections

Referenced in What's My Line?: Episode dated 24 October 1965 (1965) See more »

Soundtracks

Focus on Fame
(uncredited)
Music by Sam Fonteyn
Brull Music Ltd
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User Reviews

 
A revolting but fascinating noir.
10 March 1999 | by (Springfield, VA) – See all my reviews

This is obviously not Mary Poppins from the very start. Nanny is so sticky sweet that you suspect something's wrong. On the other hand, she may just be that nice. Joey, who's coming home after being away for a couple of years, is revealed to be either an insufferable brat, or a terribly disturbed and frightened boy of 11 or so. Joey, who despises and harasses all middle-aged women, says Nanny is trying to kill him. Sweet Nanny is afraid someone may believe the child's irrational ravings. Mother Virgie, herself on the verge of total mental collapse, can't cope. Father Bill is too busy with business and travel, and too much the authoritarian parent to concern himself. Even the supporting characters are flakey: frail Aunt Pen(elope), the 14-year-old nymph Bobbie upstairs, Bobbie's boyfriend, and even the milkman! And what happened to Susie, who may be the key to everything, but isn't in the cast list? Something's terribly wrong. Who or what is it?

A deeply disturbing story, difficult even to watch, but exceedingly well done for the genre. Difficult to rate because it has zilch entertainment value, but I finally decided to go mainly for the "cinematic" value and give it an 8.


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