Monday, April 27, 2009

Hush....Hush, Sweet Charlotte (1964)

The second Bette Davis selection in celebration of her birthday this month is Hush...Hush, Sweet Charlotte. I don't believe it's possible for me to have an absolute favorite Bette Davis movie, but this is definitely the one I've seen the most. Perhaps because it's southern gothic at it's best and practically filmed in my own backyard. Most of the film is shot on location at Houmas House Plantation, about twenty minutes south of Baton Rouge. The entire cast is outstanding, especially Agnes Moorehead as Vlema. And for a yankee broad from Boston, Bette does a damn fine South Louisiana accent. This movie's got blackmail, murder, insanity, dimemberment, and that's just in the first twenty minutes.

Bette Davis, Olivia de Havilland, Joseph Cotton, Agnes Moorehead, Mary Astor, Bruce Dern

Friday, April 17, 2009

The Nanny (1965)

I have two Bette Davis selections for you enjoyment in celebration of her birthday this month. The first being The Nanny, an early Hammer Film. Honestly, I think this family could drive anyone to murder. And you always know your in for a special treat when Pamela Franklin pops on the screen.

Bette Davis, Wendy Craig, Jill Bennett, James Villiers, William Dix, Pamela Franklin