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The Nanny (1965)

Unrated | | Thriller | 20 January 1966 (Italy)
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 James Villiers ... Bill Fane
William Dix ... Joey Fane
Pamela Franklin ... Bobbie Medman
Jack Watling ... Dr. Medman
Maurice Denham 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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Taglines:

Would you trust the nanny . . . or the boy? See more »

Genres:

Thriller

Certificate:

Unrated | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 January 1966 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

A merced del odio See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,300,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Hammer Films See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The last Hammer film to be made in black and white. See more »

Goofs

In the scene where they put the doll into the bathtub to scare the nanny: When they first pick up the doll, it has blonde hair, then when they put it into the bathtub, it has black hair, then when the nanny finds it, it has blonde hair again. This is a technique that is repeated throughout the second half of the film, whenever the bathtub death is revisited by the characters. See more »

Quotes

Bobbie Medman: You said she tried to kill you.
Joey Fane: That's right, just like she killed Susie.
Bobbie Medman: She killed your sister?
Joey Fane: Sort of... yes she did.
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Connections

Featured in Hammer: The Studio That Dripped Blood! (1987) See more »

Soundtracks

Focus on Fame
(uncredited)
Music by Sam Fonteyn
Brull Music Ltd
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User Reviews

 
How a thriller should be made.
27 June 1999 | by semckSee all my reviews

This is a movie that can really scare you without using any special effects or fancy techniques, but just good plot development and outstanding acting from the entire cast.

Highly recommended.


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