Hush... Hush, Sweet Charlotte

Hush... Hush, Sweet Charlotte

Robert Aldrich (1964)

127min
X Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Having revived the careers of Bette Davis and Joan Crawford in the Hollywood melodrama What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?, director Robert Aldrich was anxious to recall them for Hush... Hush, Sweet Charlotte. The Hollywood divas signed up despite their mutual antipathy, but when Crawford bowed out because of illness, Aldrich repalced her with Olivia de Havilland. Apparently Crawford said, "She needs a good picture.", and de Havilland got one, a delirious if overlong slice of American Gothic about two warring cousins and an inheritance. All the Deep South conventions are present - shadowy mansion, thrumming insects, secrets in the closet. This is Tennessee Williams for the Darby and Joan Club with old-timers Mary Astor, Agnes Moorehead (the last of her four Oscar nominations) and Joseph Cotten also adding to this heady brew for fans of Hollywood's golden age gone bananas.

Summary

A reclusive Southern belle is left horribly traumatised by the unsolved murder of her lover and her father's subsequent suicide. She asks her cousin to help save the family home from demolition, but this only brings back memories of the deaths, and drives her to the brink of madness. Thriller, starring Bette Davis, Olivia De Havilland and Joseph Cotten.

Cast & Crew

Charlotte Hollis Bette Davis
Miriam Deering Olivia de Havilland
Dr Drew Bayliss Joseph Cotten
Velma Cruther Agnes Moorehead
Harry Willis Cecil Kellaway
Eugene Samuel "Big Sam" Hollis Victor Buono
Jewel Mayhew Mary Astor
Sheriff Luke Standish Wesley Addy
Paul Marchand William Campbell
John Mayhew Bruce Dern
Foreman George Kennedy
Director Robert Aldrich
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Other Information

Language: EnglishBlack and whiteTheatrical distributor: 20th Century Fox Film Co. LtdGuidance: Some violenceAvailable on: video, DVD and Blu-ray
Drama