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Hush... Hush, Sweet Charlotte (1964)

Hush...Hush, Sweet Charlotte (original title)
Not Rated | | Crime, Drama, Mystery | 20 January 1965 (USA)
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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.


Robert Aldrich


Henry Farrell (screenplay), Lukas Heller (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
Nominated for 7 Oscars. Another 3 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Bette Davis ... Charlotte
Olivia de Havilland ... Miriam
Joseph Cotten ... Drew
Agnes Moorehead ... Velma
Cecil Kellaway ... Harry
Victor Buono ... Big Sam
Mary Astor ... Jewel
Wesley Addy ... Sheriff
William Campbell ... Paul Marchand
Bruce Dern ... John Mayhew
Frank Ferguson ... Editor
George Kennedy ... Foreman
Dave Willock ... Taxi Driver
Michel Petit Michel Petit ... Gang Leader (as Michael Petit)
John Megna ... New Boy


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, ... Written by Huggo

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Hush, Hush, sweet Charlotte, Charlotte, don't you cry, Chop, Chop, sweet Charlotte, a faithless man must die. See more »


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Did You Know?


Agnes Moorehead was the only one out of the entire cast to receive recognition for her performance, which included winning a Golden Globe and receiving an Oscar nomination. See more »


As Miriam arrives, the scene from inside the cab clearly shows the driver turning right to go around the circular driveway. A second later, shot from the house, the cab is still going straight before reaching the point where it has to turn. See more »


Jewel Mayhew: Who was it said, "this long disease, my life"?
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Alternate Versions

The original UK cinema version was cut by the BBFC to heavily edit the opening cleaver murder, and some cut prints have also been shown on Channel 4 TV. Video and DVD releases are uncut. See more »


Referenced in The Hollywood Palace: Episode #2.7 (1964) See more »


Careless Love
[Played by the band at the party before "When the Saints Go Marching In"]
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"You're my favorite living mystery."
23 August 2017 | by elvircorhodzicSee all my reviews

HUSH...HUSH SWEET CHARLOTTE is a mysterious horror drama which, in addition to the general madness on the surface, has a great deception designed in the background. This is a film about a mysterious murder, deceptions and torture. A gruesome and grotesque secret is hidden behind the walls of a luxurious mansion. „What ever happened to Baby Jane?" the second part...

A Southern belle Charlotte is lonely in her house. She is haunted by personal tragedy of the past, which includes the murder of her lover. When a distant relative comes to stay at her mansion, tensions and conspiracy beginning to boil in a pot, in which the truths take human lives...

The plot is a somewhat vague, and the procedures of the antagonists are predictable. Mr. Aldrich has offered, again, an array of shocking twists and turns, which include a harsh truth, but he, this time, did not take into account the probabilities. The truth in this story is something like waking up from a horrible nightmare. Mr. Aldrich has relied too much on the relationships between the characters, emotional turmoil and hidden intents.

Bette Davis as Charlotte Hollis is a strange combination between a crazy old woman and confused lady. A melodramatic tone in her character is mixed with horror that surrounds her. Nevertheless, Ms. Davis has offered a great performance. Olivia de Havilland as Miriam Deering is a hidden devil under a curtain of goodness. The face of Ms. de Havilland is the embodiment of compassion and kindness. She can be a strong and shrewd woman, but a villain .... Joseph Cotten (Doctor Drew Bayliss) is too theatrical. Agnes Moorehead (Velma Cruther) is energetic and exciting as a loyal servant. Cecil Kellaway (Harry Willis) and Mary Astor (Jewel Mayhew) are pale appearance as a homing pigeon and an eternal enemy.

This is not bad ... not at all.

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20 January 1965 (USA) See more »

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$2,235,000 (estimated)
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