The Nanny (1965)

UK, USA, 1965
35mm, black and white
mono (RCA Sound Recording), English

A British/American psychological horror film directed by Seth Holt.

Plot Summary

After spending two years in a school for disturbed children after he was implicated in the drowning of his sister, ten-year-old Joey returns home where he begins a war of nerves with his Nanny. He’s convinced that Nanny is trying to kill him and that she was the one who murdered his sister. But is Joey telling the truth, and if he is how can he persuade anyone of the danger he’s in?


Directed by: Seth Holt
© MCMLXV [1965] Hammer Film Productions Ltd
A Seven Arts – Hammer Film production
Distributed by Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corporation
Produced by: Jimmy Sangster
Production Manager: George Fowler
Screenplay by: Jimmy Sangster
Based on the novel “The Nanny” by Evelyn Piper [real name: Marryam Modell]
Assistant Director: Christopher Dryhurst
Continuity: Renee Glynne
Director of Photography: Harry Waxman
Camera Operator: Kelvin Pike
Supervising Editor: James Needs
Editor: Tom Simpson
Music Composed by: Richard Rodney Bennett
Musical Supervisor: Philip Martell
Sound Recordist: Norman Coggs
Sound Editor: Charles Crafford
Recording Supervisor: A.W. Lumkin
Wardrobe Consultant: Rosemary Burrows
Wardrobe Mistress: Mary Gibson
Make-up: Tom Smith
Hair Stylist: A.G. Scott
Production Designer: Edward Carrick
Made at the Elstree Studios of Associated British Productions Limited, Herts, England

Bette Davis (Nanny)
Wendy Craig (Virgie)
Jill Bennett (Pen)
James Villiers (Bill)
William Dix and Pamela Franklin as the children [Joey and Bobby]
Jack Watling (Dr Medman)
Maurice Denham (Dr Beamaster)
Alfred Burke (Dr Wills)
Harry Fowler (milkman)
Angharad Aubrey (Susy)
Nora Gordon (Mrs Griggs)
Sandra Power (Sarah)

Alternative Titles

Barnjungfrun – Sweden
Kuolema kulkee talossa – Finland
A merced del odio – Spain
Nanny la governante – Italy



  • Castle of Frankenstein no.20 p.40
  • Castle of Frankenstein 1967 Annual p.6
  • The Daily Cinema no.9125 (6 October 1965) p.9 – review
  • Dark Terrors no.9 (November 1994) pp.18-21 – illustrated article
  • Film Daily vol.127 no.77 (20 October 1965) p.5 – 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)
  • The Hollywood Reporter vol.187 no.41 (19 October 1965) p.3 – review
  • Monthly Film Bulletin vol.32 no.382 (November 1965) p.164 – credits, synopsis, review
  • Variety 13 October 1965 – credits, review


  • The Aurum Film Encyclopedia: Horror by Phil Hardy (ed.) p.172
  • English Gothic: A Century of Horror Cinema by Jonathan Rigby pp.50-51, 151, 350
  • Euro Gothic: Classics of Continental Horror Cinema by Jonathan Rigby p.371
  • Feature Films, 1960-1969: A Filmography of English-language and Major Foreign-language United States Releases by Harris M. Lentz III p.311
  • Hammer Complete: The Films, the Personnel, the Company by Howard Maxford pp.585-587 – illustrated credits, synopsis, review
  • The Hammer Story by Marcus Hearn and Alan Barnes pp.92-93 – illustrated article, review
  • Sixties Shockers by Mark Clark and Bryan Senn p.302
  • Uneasy Dreams: The Golden Age of British Horror Films, 1956-1976 by Gary A. Smith p.160

Other sources

  • BFI Southbank Guide August 2021 p.23 – illustrated listing
  • British National Film Catalogue vol.3 (1965) – credits, synopsis