HUSH ... HUSH, SWEET CHARLOTTE (1964) B/W widescreen 134m dir: Robert Aldrich
w/Bette Davis, Olivia de Havilland, Joseph Cotten, Agnes Moorehead, Cecil Kellaway, Victor Buono, Mary Astor, Wesley Addy, William Campbell, Bruce Dern
This suspense horror chiller was based upon a story by Henry Farrell, who also authored the novel WHAT EVER HAPPENED TO BABY JANE?, the basis for the earlier successful collaboration between director Aldrich and actor Davis. Charlotte, a recluse, long notorious for murdering her lover, seems to be slipping into further insanity. Will history repeat itself? You'll be on the edge of your seat trying to figure it out, and Davis is astonishing as Charlotte.
From Variety's review of the film: "Robert Aldrich's follow-up (but no relation) to What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? is a shocker. Bette Davis again stars, with Olivia de Havilland returning to the screen in the role which Joan Crawford started but due to continued illness had to abandon. ...
"Davis's portrayal is reminiscent of Jane in its emotional overtones, in her style of characterization of the near-crazed former Southern Belle, aided by haggard makeup and outlandish attire. Its an outgoing performance, and she plays it to the limit. De Havilland, on the other hand, is far more restrained but none the less effective dramatically in her offbeat role."
Nominated for seven Oscars: Best Supporting Actress (Moorehead), B/W Cinematography, B/W Costume Design, B/W Art Direction, Editing, Original Music Score, and Song (the title tune).