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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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Cast

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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 »

Goofs

In a scene where Mrs. Dimmock is talking with Claire about a stock broker, Claire is having a cup of tea, when she finishes her tea she asks Mrs. Dimmock for another cup. Handing her just the cup, in the next scene she is seen to be holding both a cup and saucer. When Claire hears the dog Chloe bark, she jumps and almost drops the cup and tea spills out of the cup, meaning the cup was not empty when the tea was supposedly finished. See more »

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Claire Marrable: [Talking about her neighbor] She's like crabgrass - never really quelled - only cropping up secretly and victoriously in another spot.
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Referenced in Reflections of Evil (2002) See more »

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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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