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About the Movie
An unusually long pre-credits sequence establishes the roots of faded Southern belle Charlotte's (Bette Davis) insanity; she'd been witness to the dismemberment murder of her fiance (Bruce Dern) and the suicide of the murderer, her own father (Victor Buono). Years later, Charlotte remains a recluse in her decaying southern mansion, zealously guarding the secret of her father's guilt; she is cared for by her slatternly housekeeper (Agnes Moorehead). When her house is targeted for demolition, Charlotte fears that this will uncover her lover's body parts and thus confirm that her father was a murderer. She desperately summons her seemingly sweet-tempered cousin Miriam (Olivia De Havilland) to help her fight off the house's destruction. Miriam brings along the family doctor (Joseph Cotten) to calm Charlotte's frayed nerves. When Charlotte begins to be plagued by horrific visions of the homicide/suicide of so long ago, it appears that she has gone completely insane. But soon we learn who is behind these delusions...and why. Hush Hush Sweet Charlotte was intended by director Robert Aldrich as a follow-up to the successful Joan Crawford/Bette Davis horror piece Whatever Happened to Baby Jane (1962). Ms. Crawford was originally slated to play Miriam, but became seriously ill shortly before filming started. Davis, who disliked Crawford intensely, suggested that the role of Miriam be filled by her best friend, De Havilland. On the first day of shooting, Davis and DeHavilland pulled a "Ding Dong the Witch is Dead" routine by toasting one another with Coca-Cola—a catty observation of the fact that Joan Crawford's husband was an executive with the Pepsi Cola company!
Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews
- Reviews Counted: 26
- Fresh: 21
- Rotten: 5
- Average Rating: 7.3/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Rotten: So calculated and coldly carpentered is the tale of murder, mayhem and deceit that Mr. Aldrich stages in this mansion that it soon appears grossly contrived, purposely sadistic and brutally sickening.
Fresh: It was camp before the term was coined, but it's somewhat better than that, too.
Fresh: Over the top, of course, and not a lot to it, but it's efficiently directed, beautifully shot (Joseph Biroc), and contains enough scary sequences amid the brooding, tense atmosphere.
Fresh: Director Aldrich's work on Baby Jane was already a study in hysteria, and his style for Charlotte is, if anything, even more ornate.
Hush Hush Sweet Charlotte is a wonderful movie filled with a lot of suspense.. It will definitely hold your attention. Any Bette Davis movie is worth seeing...especially this one!
A classic thriller
one of bette davis best roles. A true classic
My parents took us to see this at a drive-in back in the 60's and it scared the &^%! outta me! Now, as a grown-up, it's not scary but just really good!
- Genre: Drama
- Released: 1964
- © 1964 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation and The Associates and Aldrich Company, Inc. Renewed 1992 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation The Associates and Aldrich Company, Inc.