H is for "Hush, Hush Sweet Charolette"

For the letter "H" I decided to watch "Hush...Hush, Sweet Charlotte" the 1964 black-and-white film starring Betty Davis, Olivia de Havilland. This was supposed to be the follow-up to "Whatever Happened to Baby Jane". I decided to watch this black-and-white classic because I’ve never seen it and to see if it compared to Baby Jane. I was ...disappointed. Although this horror film, I guess you could call a a horror film is set in 1964, there are some pretty gruesome scenes in it. There’s a butcher knife that severs a hand and a head in the first 10 minutes of the movie of a young Peter Fonda. I love Betty Davis and you could see that she’s just trying to capture that Baby Jane feeling in this film, but it’s just not there.


Hush... Hush, Sweet Charolette - Production Designer William Glasgow, Set Decorator Raphael Bretton

The sets on the film are basically one huge Georgian plantation house. I really never knew if it was night or day because of the deep contrasting shadows that cast on the architecture. It is a beautiful home and everything is lit to highlight the intense detail that the sets hold. I’m glad I got to see it, I don’t think I ever would have if not for this little experiment.



Other H movies that you could see that have been nominated are Hail Cesar, Harry Potter, Heaven Can Wait, Hello Dolly, Her, The Hindenburg, The Hobbit, Hook, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, How the West Was Won, Howard’s End, Hud, Hugo and The Hustler.


Vote in the Best Production Design of the 1980's here!

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