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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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7 November 1965 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

A merced del odio  »

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

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Bette Davis forced co-star Jill Bennett to walk behind her at the dog track one night because she thought she was underdressed. 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: I'm *not* staying with her.
Dr. Medman, Fane's Upstairs Neighbor: Now see here, Joey.
Joey Fane: I won't! I won't stay here with her, and if you try to make me stay here with her, alone, I'll run away.
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Referenced in Hollywood Mouth (2008) See more »

Soundtracks

Shaking Shadows
(uncredited)
Music by Sam Fonteyn
KPM Music Ltd
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Creepy, Great Bette
10 December 2001 | by See all my reviews

This is one of those 1960's black & white British horror films that pack a wallop. I saw it on Tv as a young kid and it creeped me out and Bette Davis' performance haunted me. I saw it again not too long ago and was suprised how well it stood up. A nice simple story told with powerful flashbacks, Bette Davis gives a terrific, controlled performance as the perfect nanny to a dysfunctional family -a non-caring hard working father, a neurotic mother, a troubled boy and a darling little girl, cute as can be. But the family has a tragedy and what really happened? Well acted, well shot, a good late at night treasure.


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