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The Nanny (1965)

Unrated | | Mystery, Thriller | 20 January 1966 (Italy)
There's just something not quite right when Bette Davis stars as an English nanny. And is her 10-year-old charge an emotionally disturbed murderer or just an insolent brat?

Director:

Seth Holt

Writers:

Jimmy Sangster (screenplay), Marryam Modell (novel) (as Evelyn Piper)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Bette Davis ... Nanny
Wendy Craig ... Virginia Fane
Jill Bennett ... Aunt Pen
James Villiers ... Bill Fane
William Dix ... Joey Fane
Pamela Franklin ... Bobbie Medman
Jack Watling ... Dr. Medman
Maurice Denham ... Dr. Beamaster
Alfred Burke Alfred Burke ... Dr. Wills
Harry Fowler ... Milkman
Angharad Aubrey Angharad Aubrey ... Susy Fane
Nora Gordon Nora Gordon ... Mrs. Griggs
Sandra Power Sandra Power ... Sarah
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Storyline

Bette Davis is an English nanny whose charge is a rude 10-year-old Joey, just discharged from a disturbed children's home where he'd spent two years undergoing treatment for drowning his little sister in the bath. He returns to an unloving father, fragile mother, and doting nanny -- whom he hates. Suspicion arises again when his mother is poisoned, and Joey continues to insist Nanny is responsible. Joey contends the nanny was responsible for his little sister's death, and only the upstairs neighbour girl believes him. Written by alfiehitchie

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Taglines:

She had been in the family for years. Then, two died mysteriously and two lived in terror! See more »

Genres:

Mystery | Thriller

Certificate:

Unrated | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 January 1966 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

A merced del odio See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,300,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

According to writer Marcus Hearn in "The Hammer Vault", Davis unsuccessfully tried to seduce producer Jimmy Sangster. See more »

Goofs

In the opening titles, Bette Davis is returning from errands, feeding birds in the park, buying flowers from a street vendor. She carries a square box tied with string that is upturned while buying flowers. Upon returning home to the Vane household, the box is opened to reveal a decorated cake for Joey and amazingly the cake looks perfect despite it's perilous journey home. See more »

Quotes

The nanny: What was so bad about Mrs. Griggs?
Joey Fane: She was like you.
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Connections

Featured in 100 Years of Horror: Girl Ghouls (1996) See more »

Soundtracks

Focus on Fame
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Music by Sam Fonteyn
Brull Music Ltd
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Creepy and disturbing
1 November 2001 | by susanswebSee all my reviews

There was something about Bette Davis that made everything she did great viewing. Whether she was evil Bette, headstrong Bette or misguided Bette, she dominated all her films. In this film she is strange Bette, a queer housekeeper that could just be off her rocker. The film rachets up the tension from the very beginning. No setup at the beginning to explain anything, any questions the viewer might have will be answered in due time. The one problem, as with all films dealing with troublesome kids is that William Dix's Joey is so rotten in the beginning that one wants someone to knock him off, also he displays an unusual amount of intelligence for a 10 year old boy. But watch this for Davis as you wonder, did she or didn't she.


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