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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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You'll know...when the horror starts to grow! 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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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The third installment in Robert Aldrich's loose trilogy of "grand guignol" films (horror-thrillers featuring older women going crazy), following What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962) and Hush...Hush, Sweet Charlotte (1964). Aldrich served as producer for this film. See more »

Goofs

In a scene where Mrs. Dimmock is talking with Claire about a stockbroker, 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 »

Quotes

Alice Dimmock: If you want to live like some duchess or maharani you had better learn to behave like one!
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Referenced in Reflections of Evil (2002) See more »

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Marvelously enjoyable thriller
23 February 2003 | by willowgreenSee 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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