Hush...Hush, Sweet Charlotte ()

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An aging, reclusive Southern belle plagued by a horrifying family secret descends into madness after the arrival of a lost relative.

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Charlotte Hollis
Dr. Drew Bayliss
Velma Cruther
Harry Willis
Big Sam Hollis
Jewel Mayhew
Sheriff Luke Standish
Paul Marchand
John Mayhew
Taxi Driver
Michel Petit ...
Gang Leader (as Michael Petit)
New Boy
Kelly Flynn ...
2nd Boy
Funeral Director
Alida Aldrich ...
Young Girl
Kelly Aldrich ...
3rd Boy
William Aldrich ...
Boy Dancer
Carol Delay ...
Geraldine (as Carol De Lay)
Town Gossip
Town Gossip
Town Gossip
Cleaning Woman
Geraldine West ...
Cleaning Woman
Maye Henderson ...
Cleaning Woman (as Mary Henderson)
Chauffeur (as William Walker)
Idell James ...
Ginny Mae
Teddy Buckner and His All-Stars ...
Band (as Teddy Buckner And His All Stars)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Mr. Howard - 1927 Party Guest (uncredited)
Teddy Buckner ...
Jazz Band Trumpeter (uncredited)
Oliver Cross ...
Party Guest (uncredited)
Doctor (uncredited)
Murray Pollack ...
Party Guest (uncredited)
Party Guest (uncredited)
Norman Stevans ...
Party Guest (uncredited)

Directed by

Robert Aldrich

Written by

Henry Farrell ... (screenplay) &
Lukas Heller ... (screenplay)
Henry Farrell ... (story)

Produced by

Robert Aldrich ... producer
Walter Blake ... associate producer

Music by

Frank De Vol ... (as DeVol)

Cinematography by

Joseph F. Biroc ... director of photography (as Joseph Biroc)

Film Editing by

Michael Luciano

Art Direction by

William Glasgow

Set Decoration by

Raphael Bretton

Costume Design by

Norma Koch ... (costumes designed by)

Makeup Department

Gene Hibbs ... makeup artist
Margaret Donovan ... hair stylist (uncredited)
Robert J. Schiffer ... makeup artist (uncredited)
Peggy Shannon ... hair stylist (uncredited)
Monty Westmore ... makeup artist (uncredited)

Production Management

Jack R. Berne ... production supervisor

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

William McGarry ... assistant director
William F. Sheehan ... assistant director
Sam Strangis ... assistant director

Art Department

John La Salandra ... construction coordinator
John Orlando ... property master

Sound Department

Bernard Freericks ... sound mixer
Herman Lewis ... sound mixer


Evelyn Finley ... stunts (uncredited)

Music Department

Albert Woodbury ... orchestrator (as Al Woodbury)
Robert Bain ... musician: guitar (uncredited)

Other crew

Adell Aldrich ... script apprentice (as Adell Aldrich Bravos)
Robert Gary ... script supervisor
Robert Sherman ... dialogue supervisor
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Plot Summary

Aged, wealthy Charlotte Hollis has lived as a recluse in the crumbling family plantation mansion in Hollisport, Louisiana since her father Sam Hollis' death thirty-six years ago. The only people who regularly see her are her hard-as-nails but seemingly loyal housekeeper, Velma Crowther, and her longtime friend and physician, Dr. Drew Bayliss. She has lived there most of her life except for a short stint in London thirty-seven years ago following the vicious murder of her married lover, John Mayhew, at the plantation's summer house while Sam was hosting one of his legendary grand balls in the mansion. She and John had planned to run off together that night, but instead he was bludgeoned to death, his head and right hand severed from his body. Nobody was ever convicted for his murder, but most people believe Charlotte did it after John changed his mind about running off with her. They also believe that Charlotte, whom they haven't seen in years, is a crazy old woman. Conversely, Charlotte has hidden away fearing that people would always be glaring at her. She believes that any bad thing that has happened to her since John's murder has been initiated by his widow, Jewel Mayhew, whom she blames for orchestrating the expropriation of her property to build a bridge across the lake. Charlotte is surprised that her younger cousin Miriam Deering, who left the area years ago and was once Drew's romantic interest, has accepted her invitation to stay at the mansion. While Charlotte wanted Miriam to help her overturn the expropriation with the state government in Baton Rouge, Miriam has actually come to help her pack her belongings. Her visit coincides with the arrival to Hollisport of insurance investigator Harry Willis, who has always wondered why the insurance was never claimed. Not expecting to find anything serious, he tells only Sheriff Luke Standish the true nature of his visit. By this time, Charlotte's mental state seemingly hits a sharp decline, perhaps because she would be leaving her family home, but could it be issues surrounding John's murder? Or is someone trying to drive her crazy if she isn't already? If the latter, the truth of who killed John and why may finally come to light to those who matter. Written by Huggo

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Also Known As
  • Chut, chut, chère Charlotte (France)
  • Wiegenlied für eine Leiche (Germany)
  • Canción de cuna para un cadáver (Spain)
  • Lullaby for a Cadaver (Spain)
  • Nie placz, Charlotto (Poland)
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  • 133 min
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Budget $2,235,000 (estimated)

Did You Know?

Trivia When Olivia de Havilland agreed to make this movie, Director Robert Aldrich called Bette Davis to give her the good news. He also requested she keep the news a secret until he returned in two days, when he would legally inform Joan Crawford and her lawyer by letter. However, Bette didn't listen, she called her press agent, Rupert Allan, who immediately leaked the story to the press. See more »
Goofs In the ballroom dance scene near the beginning of the film, the women's hairstyles are 1964 vintage, rather than in 1927 style as the scene calls for. See more »
Movie Connections Edited into The Time That Remains (2012). See more »
Soundtracks Hush...Hush, Sweet Charlotte See more »
Crazy Credits Opening credits prologue: 1927 See more »
Quotes Jewel Mayhew: Well, right here on the public street, in the light of day, let me tell you, Miriam Deering, that murder starts in the heart, and its first weapon is a vicious tongue.
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