Hush...Hush, Sweet Charlotte (1964)
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Charlotte Hollis, wealthy southern spinster, is shunned by her community for the grisly murder some 40 years prior of her intended, John Mayhew. Even though her guilt in the matter was never proven, the townspeople liken her to a modern-day Lizzie Borden. The murders are similar in nature and the children even taunt her with cruel rhymes. For this reason she lives a life secluded from the mainstream of society. Her needs are cared for by her faithful servant, Velma. Now, progress in the guise of new highway construction threatens the Hollis plantation, her home and the family domicile since Civil War times. She refuses to leave when she is issued an eviction notice by the Sheriff and even takes pot shots at the highwaymen when they encroach upon her property line. Charlotte summons "Cousin Miriam" to fight the public battle to save her home. To her chagrin, Miriam has come with the intention of assisting with the packing -- not to save the mansion from the bulldozers. After Charlotte, Miriam is the sole heir to the Hollis estate. This is motive enough for Miriam to have Charlotte committed for her strange and reclusive behavior. But, is Charlotte insane? Doctor Drew seems to feel she may need some help across the threshold of insanity.
Don't Tell Anyone What Happened In The Summer House!
Title: Hush...Hush, Sweet Charlotte
Release Date: December 15, 1964
Runtime: 133 mins
All Genres: Drama, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Colors: Black and White
IMDB Rating: 7.4
Buried.com Rating: 8.4 - (Rate This Horror Movie at Buried.com)
Category: Horror Movies Starting With H
MPAA Rating: Approved
Bette Davis ...Charlotte
Olivia de Havilland ...Miriam (as Olivia deHavilland)
Joseph Cotten ...Drew
Agnes Moorehead ...Velma
Cecil Kellaway ...Harry
Victor Buono ...Big Sam
Mary Astor ...Jewel Mayhew
Wesley Addy ...Sheriff
William Campbell ...Paul Marchand
Bruce Dern ...John Mayhew
Frank Ferguson ...Editor
George Kennedy ...Foreman
Dave Willock ...Taxi Driver
Michel Petit ...Gang Leader (as Michael Petit)
John Megna ...New Boy
Kelly Flynn ...2nd Boy
Percy Helton ...Funeral Director
Alida Aldrich ...young Girl
Kelly Aldrich ...3rd Boy
William Aldrich ...Boy Dancer
Carol Delay ...Geraldine
Ellen Corby ...Town Gossip
Marianne Stewart ...Town Gossip
Helen Kleeb ...Town Gossip
Lillian Randolph ...Cleaning Woman
Geraldine West ...Cleaning Woman
Maye Henderson ...Cleaning Woman (as Mary Henderson)
Bill Walker ...Chauffeur (as William Walker)
Idell James ...Ginny Mae
Teddy Buckner and His All Stars ...Band (as Teddy Buckner And His All Stars)
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Frank De Vol
Hush...Hush, Sweet Charlotte Horror Film Trailer 1
"Hush...Hush, Sweet Charlotte"
"When the Saints Go Marching In"
"Good Night, Ladies"
More Movie Taglines:
- Don't Tell Anyone What Happened In The Summer House!
- The years will soon erase a lover's lies...the blood on his face!
- Jewel Mayhew: Well, right here on the public street, in the light of day, let me tell you, Miriam Deering, that murder starts in the heart, and its first weapon is a vicious tongue.
Charlotte: You're a vile, sorry little bitch!
Miriam: You just can't keep hogs away from the trough, can you? Velma Cruther: I just come for my things. Miriam: Is my cousin one of your things?
Miriam: What is it that you don't believe Drew? That I'm here, or that I look the way I do?
Charlotte: What do you think I asked you here for? COMPANY?
- Barbara Stanwyck was originally sought for the role of Jewel Mayhew which eventually went to Mary Astor. It was to be Astor's last film.
Mary Astor's last film.
Joan Crawford took sick and was hospitalized as filming began so scenes were shot around her, but when it became evident that she would have to be replaced, her role was offered to Katharine Hepburn and Vivien Leigh. Hepburn didn't return the studio's call, while Leigh declined, saying, "No, thank you. I can just about stand looking at Joan Crawford's face at six o'clock in the morning, but not Bette Davis."
When Miriam Deering (Olivia de Havilland) is preparing to close up the house in anticipation of moving out, she is packing a box which is stenciled "Sam Strangis Storage & Transfer, Baton Rouge, LA.". Sam Strangis was the assistant director on this picture.
Loretta Young was also offered the role of Miriam when Joan Crawford became ill but turned it down cold, she felt the role was totally wrong for her, saying "I don't believe in horror stories for women and I wouldn't play a part like that if I were starving."
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