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Hush... Hush, Sweet Charlotte (1964) was a Horror - Thriller/Suspense Film directed by Robert Aldrich and produced by Robert Aldrich and Walter Blake.

Academy Awards 1964 --- Ceremony Number 37 (source: AMPAS)

AwardRecipientResult
Best Supporting ActressAgnes MooreheadNominated
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Velma Cruther: Think I don't know a due bill when I see one?


Charlotte: You're a vile, sorry little bitch!


Miriam: [Arriving at Charlotte's house] They say places you knew as a child always seem smaller than your memory of them. It's not true!


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Life magazine was interested in the re-teaming of Bette Davis and Joan Crawford, so Robert Aldrich thought it would be a great idea to have the women pose for photographs sitting on tombstones. Davis was all for it while Crawford was a little reluctant, but because it was for Life magazine she went along with it. Aldrich had a fake cemetery built a short distance away from the house and the photos were done in three to four sessions. The sessions were done during filming, and lasted for hours. Joan would be ready when Bette would be called away. Then when Bette returned, Joan would be gone, back in her trailer, with her clothes off, resting. She would take a long time getting ready. For the last session, Bette came back and Joan was missing, so Davis went to the back of the house to Crawford's dressing room, rapped on the door, stood outside and yelled, "Joan Crawford. Get your clothes on and come do these photographs, right away." Joan came hurtling out the door and the photographs were finished.
On Friday, June 12, 1964, the last day of shooting in Louisiana, after some late-afternoon shots, Joan Crawford was relaxing in her trailer, on hand if needed for additional scenes. She apparently dozed off, because when she woke up it was dark. When she sent her maid to check when shooting would be completed, she found the place empty. The crew had packed up and left, leaving Joan at the rear of the house, in her trailer, with no transportation back to the motel. Outraged, Joan returned to Los Angeles the very next day and checked herself into Cedars Sinai Hospital.
Weather and travel delays, as well as Joan Crawford's departure, forced director Robert Aldrich to cease location filming and move to a $200,000 replica of Houmas House at Fox Studio's Soundstage 6.
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