The Nanny (1965)
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as Joey Fane
as Virginia Fane
as Penelope Fane
as Bill Fane
as Dr. Medman
as Dr. Wills
as Dr. Beamaster
as Mrs. Griggs
Critic Reviews for The Nanny
The film is maddening because it's just good enough to be tantalizingly suggestive of what it might have been.
The keynote of the film is the Davis performance -- the quietest and most restrained since Baby Jane started this cycle.
The Nanny is not especially ambitious, so one must settle for the small pleasures and chills that it offers.
... The Nanny holds up considerably well today as a slight, but unsettling, thriller.
A rather quiet, cautious thriller that gives Davis more room for characterization than most of her later films.
Audience Reviews for The Nanny
One of Hammer Films' most accomplished works. An eerie and ambiguous psychological thriller that deals with some disturbing taboo themes inside family, sort of the common groundwork for novelist Evelyn Piper, the same who wrote the more popular "Bunny Lake is Missing". Filmed in a gloriously stark black and white, effortlessly attaining a claustrophobic, lurid and bleak atmosphere. Bette Davis, reinventing herself in those years as a horror muse after Robert Aldrich's "What ever happened to baby jane?", shows again her subtle but acute acting chops. My only regret is that the end seems watered down, just after reaching its real sense of menace.
I thought for sure that The Nanny was going to turn out to be some campy and gaudy forgettable film in the twilight of the career of Bette Davis. What it actually turns out to be is a sadly overlooked powerhouse performance by Davis that's every bit as horrific as it is beautifully sad. Unfortunately you're probably going to spend most of The Nanny's 90-minute running time hating William Dix's (Joey's) guts when you're not mildly entertained by Pamela Franklin's upstairs neighbor performance. The flashbacks are well done and pretty frightening even if The Nanny isn't the standard Hammer film. It's easy to bunch this one in with What Ever Happened to Baby Jane and Hush, Hush Sweet Charlotte even thought its completely different, but at the same time it reminded me more of Bunny Lake is Missing. For as short of a movie as The Nanny is it's kind of a long watch but worth it in the end.
Bette is masterful as always, the movie is chilling.
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