16MM MOVIE NITE
ANTEBELLUM ia obsessed with B&W films from the 1950/60s.
please join us for our screening of
HUSH... HUSH, SWEET CHARLOTTE
ORIGINAL 16MM FILM
projected on a screen
LIVELY PRE & POST SCREENING CHAT
BEAUTIFUL PATIO FOR PRE & POST SCREENING RELAXATION
Hush... Hush, Sweet Charlotte
as well as Mary Astor in her final film.
The movie was adapted for the screen by Henry Farrell and Lukas Heller, from Farrell's unpublished short story, "What Ever Happened to Cousin Charlotte?"
It received seven Academy Award nominations.
Following the unexpected box-office success of What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962), director Robert Aldrich wanted to reunite stars Joan Crawford and Bette Davis. After Crawford worked a week in Baton Rouge and only four days in Hollywood, she quit the film, claiming she was ill.
Alain Silver and James Ursini wrote in their book Whatever Happened to Robert Aldrich?, "Reputedly, Crawford was still incensed by Davis's attitude on Baby Jane and did not want to be upstaged again, as Davis's nomination for Best Actress convinced her she had been. Because Crawford had told others that she was feigning illness to get out of the movie entirely, Aldrich was in an even worse position..." Desperate to resolve the situation, "Aldrich hired a private detective to record her [Crawford's] movements." When shooting was suspended indefinitely, the production insurance company insisted that either Crawford be replaced or the production cancelled.
Davis suggested her friend Olivia de Havilland to Aldrich as a replacement for Crawford after Katharine Hepburn, Vivien Leigh, Loretta Young and Barbara Stanwyck turned the role down. Leigh famously said "I can just about stand to look at Joan Crawford at six in the morning on a southern plantation, but I couldn't possibly look at Bette Davis." Although the Davis-Crawford partnership failed to be repeated, Victor Buono from What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? was reunited with Davis for Hush. The cast also included Mary Astor, a friend and former co-worker of Davis' during her time at Warner Bros.
Scenes outside the Hollis mansion were shot on location at Houmas House plantation in Louisiana.
The inside scenes were shot on a soundstage in Hollywood.