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What Ever Happened to Aunt Alice? (1969)

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An aging widow hires elderly housekeepers, cons them out of their money and then murders them. When a woman poses as the widow's housekeeper to find out what happened to her missing friend, things soon spiral out of control.

Directors:

Lee H. Katzin, Bernard Girard (uncredited)

Writers:

Theodore Apstein (screenplay by), Ursula Curtiss (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Geraldine Page ... Mrs. Marrable
Ruth Gordon ... Mrs. Dimmock
Rosemary Forsyth ... Harriet Vaughn
Robert Fuller ... Mike Darrah
Mildred Dunnock ... Miss Tinsley
Joan Huntington Joan Huntington ... Julia Lawson
Peter Brandon Peter Brandon ... George Lawson
Michael Barbera ... Jim Vaughn
Peter Bonerz ... Mr. Bentley
Richard Angarola Richard Angarola ... Sheriff Armijo
Claire Kelly ... Elva
Valerie Allen ... Dottie
Martin Garralaga ... Juan
Jack Bannon ... Olin
Seth Riggs Seth Riggs ... Warren
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Storyline

An aging widow hires elderly housekeepers, cons them out of their money and then murders them. When a woman poses as the widow's housekeeper to find out what happened to her missing friend, things soon spiral out of control.

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What makes her garden grow... wouldn't you like to know! See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | German

Release Date:

20 August 1969 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Matar para vivir See more »

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Mono

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Lee H. Katzin replaced Bernard Girard as director after four weeks of filming See more »

Goofs

When Aunt Alice sneaks over to the neighbor's mailbox in the sand storm, she's wearing a long-sleeved coat and pink scarf. However, in the close-up shot of the mail being placed into the mailbox, Alice's wrists are bare with no sign of a coat and the scarf (which can be seen blowing in the wind) is now green. Also, the hands are clearly those of a much younger body double and not Ruth Gordon's. See more »

Quotes

Julia Lawson: You've had such rotten luck with your housekeepers Aunt Claire.
Claire Marrable: Have I? Actually I think I've done rather well.
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Connections

Referenced in Die, Mommie, Die! (2003) See more »

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Creepy Woman
11 December 2017 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

After the death of her husband, the widow Clare Marrable (Geraldine Page) finds he has lost his fortune in bad investments and receives only a briefcase with a rusted dagger, a butterfly collection and a stamp collection. Completely broken, Clare moves to Tucson, Arizona where her unknown nephew George Lawson (Peter Brandon) gives an isolated house in the desert for her to live. Clare poses as if she has investments and kills her lonely housekeepers to steal their money. Then she buries their bodies in her garden and plants pine trees on their graves. After killing the housekeeper Miss Edna Tinsley (Mildred Dunnock), Clare receives the application of the mysterious Alice Dimmock (Ruth Gordon) that snoops around her house to investigate the disappearance of Tinsley helped by Mike Darrah (Robert Fuller). Meanwhile George leases an empty cottage in front of Clare's house to lodge his friend Harriet Vaughn (Rosemary Forsyth) and her ten year-old son. What will Clare do?

"What Ever Happened to Aunt Alice?" is a suspenseful film with a creepy woman. The evil Clare Marrable is one of the scariest serial-killer in the cinema history and Geraldine Page has a top-notch performance, supported by a great cast composed by the veteran actresses Ruth Gordon and Mildred Dunnock. The ironic conclusion is perfect to the story. My vote is seven.

Title (Brazil): "A Mansão dos Desaparecidos" ("The Mansion of the Missing Ones")


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