Hush…Hush, Sweet Charlotte (1964)

35mm film, black and white, 1.85:1
mono, English

An American horror film directed by Robert Aldrich.

Plot Summary

A mentally unbalanced woman falls prey to a con trick by her cousin and doctor.


Directed by: Robert Aldrich
Copyright 1964 The Associates & Aldrich Company and Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corp
An Associates & Aldrich Company production
Produced by: Robert Aldrich
Associate Producer: Walter Blake
Screenplay by: Henry Farrell, Lukas Heller
From a Story by: Henry Farrell
Director of Photography: Joseph Biroc
Film Editor: Michael Luciano
Music by: DeVol
Sound Mixers: Herman Lewis, Bernard Freericks
Costumes Designed by: Norma Koch
Makeup: Gene Hibbs
Art Director: William Glasgow

Bette Davis (Charlotte)
Olivia de Havilland (Miriam)
Joseph Cotten (Drew)
Agnes Moorehead (Velma)
Cecil Kellaway (Harry)
Victor Buono (Big Sam)
Wesley Addy (sheriff)
William Campbell (Paul Marchand)
Bruce Dern (John Mayhew)
Frank Ferguson (editor)
George Kennedy (foreman)
Dave Willock (taxi driver)
John Megna (new boy)
Percy Helton (funeral director)
Kelly Flynn (2nd boy)
Michael Petit (gang leader)
Alida Aldrich (young girl)
Marianne Stewart (town gossip)
Kelly Aldrich (3rd boy)
Mary Henderson (cleaning woman)
Mary Astor (Jewel Hayhew)

Alternative Titles

Berceuse pour un massacre – Belgium (France)
Cálmate, dulce Carlota – Argentina, Mexico
Canción de cuna para un cadaver – Spain
Chut, chut, chère Charlotte – France
Com a Maldade na Alma – Brazil, Portugal
Csend, csend, édes Charlotte – Hungary
Furuete nemure – Japan
Hysch hysch, Charlotte! – Sweden
Murha asuu sydämessä – Finland
To mystiko tis Charlotte – Greece
Nie placz, Charlotto – Poland
Piano… piano, dolce Carlotta – Italy
Sus, sevgilim – Turkey
Tiho, tiho, Sarlota – Serbia
Tys… tys, Charlotte – Denmark
What Ever Happened to Cousin Charlotte?
Wiegelied voor een vermoorde – Belgium (Flemish)
Wiegenlied für eine Leiche – Austrian German, West German

Extracts included in
American Film Institute Salute to Bette Davis, The (1977)



  • Castle of Frankenstein no.7 p.46
  • Films in Review vol.16 no.2 (February 1965) p.112 – illustrated review (Review)
  • Films in Review vol.30 no.10 (December 1979) pp.603-612 – illustrated biography, filmography (An evening with Bette Davis by Alvin H. Marill)
  • International Photographer vol.36 no.12 (December 1964) pp.8; 13 – illustrated article (Hush…Hush, Sweet Charlotte); illustrated article (Joseph Biroc and Hush…Hush, Sweet Charlotte)
  • Scarlet Street no.49 (2003) pp.32-34, 36-41, 73 – illustrated article (Attack of the horror hags by Ken Hanke)


  • 500 Essential Cult Movies: The Ultimate Guide by Jennifer Eiss with J.P. Rutter and Steve White p.39 – illustrated credits, synopsis, review
  • The Aurum Film Encyclopedia: Horror by Phil Hardy (ed.) p.170-171
  • Feature Films, 1960-1969: A Filmography of English-language and Major Foreign-language United States Releases by Harris M. Lentz III p.210
  • Horror Films by Subgenre: A Viewer's Guide by Chris Vander Kaay and Kathleen Fernandez-Vander Kaay p.125
  • by Walt Lee p.208 – credits
  • Sixties Shockers by Mark Clark and Bryan Senn pp.227-229

Other sources

  • BFI Southbank Guide August 2021 p.22 – illustrated listing