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The Nanny
The Nanny
Actors: Bette Davis, Wendy Craig
Genres: Indie & Art House, Drama, Horror, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Mystery & Suspense
NR     2008     1hr 33min

Accused of drowning his little sister in the bath, 10-year old Joey (William Dix) is sent away to an institution for therapy even though he claims the Nanny (Davis) is responsible. When he returns home, suspicion is quick...  more »


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Actors: Bette Davis, Wendy Craig
Genres: Indie & Art House, Drama, Horror, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Mystery & Suspense
Sub-Genres: Indie & Art House, Drama, Horror, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Mystery & Suspense
Studio: 20th Century Fox
Format: DVD - Black and White,Widescreen - Dubbed,Subtitled
DVD Release Date: 04/08/2008
Original Release Date: 01/01/1965
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/1965
Release Year: 2008
Run Time: 1hr 33min
Screens: Black and White,Widescreen
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 18
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English, Spanish
Subtitles: English, French, Spanish

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Movie Reviews

Lawyeraau | Balmoral Castle | 01/21/2002
(4 out of 5 stars)

"This is an excellent psychological thriller in which Bette Davis plays the part of a nanny in a household where a little girl, one of her charges, drowned in the bathtub and her older brother was blamed, even though he claimed that the nanny did it. After two years time spent in a therapeutic setting, the boy returns home, only to find the despised nanny still there. A cat and mouse game ensues between the two, and when his mother is poisoned, all eyes turn to him, though he once again insists that the nanny did it. Deftly directed, with a well written, intelligent screenplay by Jimmy Sancster, who also wrote the screenplay for the Bette Davis vehicle, "The Anniversary", this is an engrossing film with a twist at the end that is sure to catch the viewer by surprise. The black and white cinematography adds to the atmosphere of suspense. Bette Davis is first rate as the nanny, and fine performances by the supporting cast contribute to its overall success.This is a film that fans of Bette Davis are sure to enjoy, as will all those who like well done, psychological thrillers."
A rarely seen horror film starring Bette Davis
calvinnme | 02/01/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)

"This is a Bette Davis film that you don't see very often anywhere. In fact it's been years since I've seen it and I can't even remember where. Ten year old Joey has a new nanny, Bette Davis. I don't think she even had a name in this one, just "the nanny". Nobody believes disturbed Joey when he claims that the nanny is evil and wants to kill him - she's such a sweet old lady. You know where this one is probably going from the start, but it's interesting to watch it play out. However, there is some very disturbing stuff in this one, so note that it might be difficult to watch. It takes real advantage of the fact that Davis could play anything from the sweetest to the most evil person in the world, and turn on a dime at either end of the scale.

This film is being released separately and also as part of the Bette Davis Centenary Collection from Fox in celebration of the 100th anniversary of Davis' birth. This DVD contains no extras besides some trailers, a photo gallery, and a before/after split screen showing the video restoration results."
1965 Bette Davis on her so called Career Down Slide?
dr. m~d | USA | 04/01/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Question: How many terrific performances in 1 decade does an actor have to deliver before critics stop saying their careers are on a down-slide? (Let's count all the ones of Bette Davis' that critics apparently don't: on her so called 1960's career down-slide, Davis starred in, "Pocketful of Miracles" (1961); "What Ever Happened to Baby Jane" (1962); "Dead Ringer" (1964); "Where Love Has Gone" (1964); "Hush, Hush Sweet Charlotte" (1964); "The Nanny" (1965); "The Anniversary" (1968)
-- winning a list full of major acting nominations, including Oscars & a mantel of wins like The Golden Laurel for Best Actress, a Golden Globe for Best Actress & was credited by her peers as the leading actor who made it possible for these motion pictures, their casts & crews to be recognized for dozens more award wins & nominations, as well! Note too, I've not counted her long list of made for television movies, key supporting roles in very popular series' like "Perry Mason," "Gunsmoke," "The Virginian" & "Wagon Train." Nor have I mentioned the foreign films Davis starred in. I didn't include the 20 plus guest show appearances she made in that decade, either. If that's the short list resume' of an actor's career down-slide, then for godssake, I want one just like it! What I want to know is how she made the time to do all that work?

Let's review, "The Nanny," from that list of critics' delusions of the most successful 1960's career down-slide:

Joey Fane (William Dix) is a 10yo boy coming home after spending 2 years in a psychiatric treatment center. Held accountable for drowning his younger sister in a bath tub, he was sent to be treated for a guilt trip. Immediately after coming home, Joey's way uncooperative: refusing to sleep in the bedroom that his nanny (Bette Davis) prepared for him. Joey won't cooperate by eating food she cooks, either. He gets worse.

The boy's parents, Virgie & Bill Fane (Wendy Craig & James Villiers), believe their son's still traumatized when Joey blames the nanny for murdering his sister.

After Virgie becomes sick from eating a steak & kidney pie prepared by the nanny, their physician accuses Joey of trying to poison his mom since the nanny confides to the Dr. that she saw Joey doing 2 suspicious activities: hanging around the kitchen & rummaging through the nanny's medicine box. When his mother is sent to a hospital, Joey won't stay alone in the family's flat with his nanny. Then, his Aunt Pen (Jill Bennett) comes to take care of him. The night of Pen's arrival, Joey flips out & Pen wakes up to a histrionic kid who's soaked & claiming the nanny tried to drown him.

"The Nanny" is a terrific psychological thriller from Hammer Studios. Harry Waxman's cinematography is superb. Seth Holt directed quite well, Jimmy Sangster's difficult script & a cast with widely varied acting experiences & skills. But the bulk of the credit for "The Nanny's" success is owed to Bette Davis' killer performance. As an ever so dreaded & terror of a nanny, doubtlessly her character made it much easier for William Dix to play Joey so well & Wendy Craig & James Villiers to become believable as Joey's bereaved, bewildered & baffled parents.

Hammer Studios made the right choice to risk an attempt doing this film genre (instead of blood & guts horror films). Davis performed a similar feat working for Hammer Studios, Jimmy Sangster & Roy Ward Baker in "The Anniversary" in 1968.

Bet 'Poor Bette' had fun spending her fancy 1960's earnings."
Brilliant acting -- watch it!
Stephen | New Haven, CT, USA | 05/18/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This is a great thriller that keeps you on the edge of your seat. William Dix gives as good a performance as any actor has ever given, let alone a ten year old. All the acting was perfect, as was the direction."