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The Nanny (1965)

Unrated | | Mystery, Thriller | 20 January 1966 (Italy)
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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?

Director:

Seth Holt

Writers:

Jimmy Sangster (screenplay), Marryam Modell (novel) (as Evelyn Piper)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Bette Davis ... Nanny
Wendy Craig ... Virginia Fane
Jill Bennett ... Aunt Pen
James Villiers ... Bill Fane
William Dix ... Joey Fane
Pamela Franklin ... Bobbie Medman
Jack Watling ... Dr. Medman
Maurice Denham ... Dr. Beamaster
Alfred Burke Alfred Burke ... Dr. Wills
Harry Fowler ... Milkman
Angharad Aubrey Angharad Aubrey ... Susy Fane
Nora Gordon Nora Gordon ... Mrs. Griggs
Sandra Power Sandra Power ... Sarah
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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 »

Genres:

Mystery | Thriller

Certificate:

Unrated | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Trivia

Time magazine quipped: "(a) definitive essay on the servant problem, and may be taken as antidote by those who found Mary Poppins (1964) too sweet to stomach". 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: I'm *not* staying with her.
Dr. Medman, Fane's Upstairs Neighbor: Now see here, Joey.
Joey Fane: I won't! I won't stay here with her, and if you try to make me stay here with her, alone, I'll run away.
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Featured in 100 Years of Horror: Girl Ghouls (1996) See more »

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Focus on Fame
(uncredited)
Music by Sam Fonteyn
Brull Music Ltd
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Chilling
18 November 2001 | by pjabedSee all my reviews

Bette Davis gives her most chilling performance in this film. Her restraint is remarkable, following Baby Jane as this film did. If you ever want to see what passive aggressive looks like, watch this movie. I've seen it twice, and would want to see it again.


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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 January 1966 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

The Nanny See more »

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Budget:

$1,300,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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