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What Ever Happened to Aunt Alice? (1969)

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As Aunt Alice, Ruth Gordon applies for the job of housekeeper in the Tucson, Arizona home of widow Claire Marrable in order to find out what happened to a missing widowed friend, Edna ... See full summary »

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Mrs. Clare Marrable
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Mrs. Dimmock aka Aunt Alice
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Harriet Vaughn
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Mike Darrah
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Miss Edna Tinsley
Joan Huntington ...
Julia Lawson
Peter Brandon ...
George Lawson
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Jim Vaughn
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Mr. Bentley
Richard Angarola ...
Sheriff Armijo
Claire Kelly ...
Elva
Valerie Allen ...
Dottie
Martin Garralaga ...
Juan
Jack Bannon ...
Olin
Seth Riggs ...
Warren
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As Aunt Alice, Ruth Gordon applies for the job of housekeeper in the Tucson, Arizona home of widow Claire Marrable in order to find out what happened to a missing widowed friend, Edna Tinsley. The crazed Page, left only a stamp album by her husband, takes money from her housekeepers, kills them, and buries the bodies in her garden. Alice is a widow too. So is neighbor Harriet Vaughn. Lots of widows here. Written by alfiehitchie

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Whatever happened to Aunt Alice was more terrifying than what happened to Baby Jane. See more »


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Lee H. Katzin replaced Bernard Girard as director after four weeks of filming See more »

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Towards the end of the movie, when Page is wearing the red wig, driving the 1960 Lincoln Continental with Gordon half-passed-out in the front seat, the interior shots show the car to be a 1961 or 1962 General Motors vehicle (you can tell by the vent window and dashboard). Then it becomes a 1960 Lincoln again when they show the outside shots, and when the car goes into the lake. The Lincoln has a perfect rectangle vent window at a 90 degree angle; the GM car has a teardrop shaped vent which is slanted back. See more »

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Juan: You have a very green thumb. Your pine trees grow good - very good.
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''What a fraud you are!''
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Not-so-grieving widow Claire Marrable is horrified to hear that her supposedly wealthy husband has apparently left her penniless. But, being a practical (and resourceful) type, she hits on a scheme to keep her in the comfort to which she wishes to become accustomed. Relocating to the Arizona desert, she hires elderly housekeepers with no known relatives (but tidy nest eggs) and sends them to their rewards a bit sooner than they planned. And their remains become mulch for the widow's growing garden as each is buried under a quickly flourishing sapling. This later entry in the "horror hag" sweepstakes features absolutely wonderful performances from Geraldine Page, who has a high old time as the haughty, demented and thoroughly relentless Mrs. Marrable, and Ruth Gordon, as Alice Dimmock, her new housekeeper, who isn't quite what she seems to be. On the sidelines are Rosemary Forsyth, herself a (young) widow with a nephew, Robert Fuller as Miss Gordon's nephew, and Joan Huntington as the scheming wife of Page's nephew. With a cast made up of widows and nephews, how scary can "Aunt Alice" be? Not very. But it's a delicious black comedy which allows Page and Gordon the opportunity to give the performances of their lives. There's also a neat cameo from Mildred Dunnock ("Death Of A Salesman") as the luckless servant who precedes Miss Gordon. One of the best "Grand Guignol" films ever made!


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