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The Nanny (1965)

Unrated | | Thriller | 27 October 1965 (USA)
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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Jill Bennett ...
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William Dix ...
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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 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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Would you trust the nanny . . . or the boy? See more »

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27 October 1965 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A merced del odio  »

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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

Working with the flu, Bette Davis would drink out of her co-stars' glasses and cough in their faces. 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: Nanny, what are you doing?
The nanny: I'm taking Master Joey an extra pillow... what are you doing up so late?
Aunt Pen: I couldn't sleep, I'm going to make a cup of tea.
The nanny: It's bad for you this late at night... you go back to bed and I'll bring you a glass of milk.
Aunt Pen: I don't want a glass of milk, I want a cup of tea.
The nanny: Allright.
Aunt Pen: Nanny, don't take Joey that pillow... he'll never go back to sleep.
[leaves the room and reenters a few seconds later]
Aunt Pen: You don't approve of pillows, I remember you saying when we were small '...
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Connections

References Ben Casey (1961) See more »

Soundtracks

Focus on Fame
(uncredited)
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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