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Sunday, October 08, 2006

Hush ... Hush Sweet Charlotte (1964)

This is a wonderful movie. It stars Bette Davis as Charlotte Hollis. In 1927 a young Charlotte was having an affair with a married man named John Mayhew. Her father found out about the affair and orders John to put an end to it. However, John ends up dead with his hand and head never found.
Now 37 years later Charlotte is a recluse who only has contact with her maid Velma. The entire town thinks she's a murderer and children torture her with a Lizzy Borden like song. To make matters worse a bridge and highway are being built and the government is trying to kick Charlotte out of her beloved home to make room for them. She writes to her cousin Miriam (played by Olivia De Haviland) and asks her to come and help her. However, when Miriam arrives her intentions may not be as pure as Charlotte believes. Bette and Olivia are wonderful in the movie. Agnes Moorehead is hard to recognize as plain Velma - a big change from Endora on Bewitched. The story starts a little slow but once it gets going it is intriguing and suspensful. A definite must see for any movie fan.



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