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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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Bobbie Medman
Jack Watling ...
Dr. Medman
Maurice Denham ...
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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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Nanny wasn't responsible . . . WAS SHE? 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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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Ten year old co-star William Dix could not attend the film's British premiere because of the "X" rating it originally earned. 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

Joey Fane: What's that?
Bobbie Medman: It's an X-ray machine, don't touch it, it's dangerous.
Joey Fane: What's so dangerous about it?
Bobbie Medman: I don't know, but Daddy says if you get overexposed you can die.
Joey Fane: I'd like to overexpose her.
Bobbie Medman: That would be great, bring her up here, put her on the couch...
Joey Fane: Tie her on the couch!
Bobbie Medman: And overexpose her would serve her right.
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Referenced in Hollywood Mouth (2008) See more »

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Focus on Fame
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Music by Sam Fonteyn
Brull Music Ltd
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Creepy, Great Bette
10 December 2001 | by (L.A. CA) – 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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