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What Ever Happened to Aunt Alice? (1969)

M  |   |  Crime, Drama, Horror  |  20 August 1969 (USA)
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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
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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
Michael Barbera ...
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 Tilsney. 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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Helen Hayes was considered for a role. See more »

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In the beginning when Mrs. Marrabel is talking to her husband's lawyer, there is a mirror hanging on the wall. Right after Mrs. Marrabel gets up and walks over to it, a crew member carrying a camera can be seen. See more »

Quotes

Claire Marrable: You are the only mistake I made.
Alice Dimmock: Didn't you ever think you'd be found out?
Claire Marrable: No and I won't be.
Alice Dimmock: Giving yourself away like that...
Claire Marrable: To you? You are a dead woman.
Alice Dimmock: Oh no, I'm alive. See, I'm very much alive. And I'm not gonna be your next victim.
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Marvelously enjoyable thriller
23 February 2003 | by (Stonehaven, Scotland) – See all my reviews

Although this movie looks a tad dated in certain respects - for instance a stupid subplot could have been eliminated and no one would have missed a thing - it works because of the brilliant playing of Ruth Gordon and - especially - Geraldine Page. I first watched this film at age the age nine when it was released theatrically: it was actually more enjoyable than the supposed "bigger" picture of the double feature! It is very obvious that Geraldine Page relished playing her role of Claire Marrable: she's totally awesome, so witchy and natural-like in her acting technique. Ms Marrable is a rather narcissistic woman who goes through an astonishing array of household help. Enter Ruth Gordon, a sly fox who comes to Marrable for a position in her lovely desert home. Once hired, the viewer is in for a tour-de-force game of cat-and-mouse. Played to the hilt, this little sleeper creeper is most enjoyable.


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