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Joey, Joey, Joey!!!
- Raymond Banacki
Little William Dix steals this film away from long-time star Bette Davis. He actually convinces you that he's "the villain" of the piece.
The Joey (Complex)
- Larry Welk
The 10 year old boy's character was so precociously despicable that any suspense regarding his survival was moot, making any concern for his predicament impossible- especially after willfully dropping the flower box on the milk man's head for his own impudent past time. His 14 year old girlfriend might as well have been his wife! And suddenly we are let in on nanny's 'selfish ambition' to care for other people's kids at the cost of her own daughter's moral rearing -but was nanny a 'single mom' providing for her own flesh & blood the only way she knew how in 1965? The tone of this movie- autorighteous child vs. 'adolts' - is a testament to the cultivated 1960's 'generation gap' attitude from which we may never recover! At least the boy admitted being sorry for nanny in the end & pledged a willingness to help his mother...
Tremendous Bette Davis !
- DON RILEY
Probably the Single Most Important Film Star (Male or Female), Bette Davis. In an absolutely Flawless "late" Film. Truly who was able to incorporate the type of personality into their performance like Bette Davis ? She just creates interest by delivering a line (naturally), in a way no one else could. Prior to " Of Human Bondage " Female Film Stars were only Technique and Personality or Persona. This also is a quality film
- kevin sellers
Good creepy murder story, with Bette Davis in top, late career form as a psychotic caregiver of children (and childlike adults.) Also, William Dix is one of the better child actors I've seen, which is essential if he's going to go toe to toe with Davis and still remain standing, which he does. Credit director Seth Holt with getting this kind of a performance from a kid. Also, credit Holt with putting up with Davis' diva BS without quitting in mid production. (He said she was "contemptuous" of him, while she said he was a "monster of evil." I think I'm gonna go with Holt.) Let's give it a B plus instead of an A minus 'cause Davis' back story is creaky and belongs to a much different movie genre; the late 50s British Kitchen Sink, to be exact, and Holt's usually tense pacing drags as Davis narrates it to a dead Jill Bennet. And speaking of Bennet, her death scene has to be the longest movie coronary I've ever witnessed. Again, it doesn't help the pacing.
More than horror
- Kip W
Bette Davis is not evil incarnate in this movie, but that doesn't mean I want her cooking my food. She's all patience and sweetness to the family she works for, but the young son is having none of it, and blames her for the death of his sister (for which he is blamed). The movie starts as drama, shifts into horror, and then (in flashback) finishes as tragedy. Davis's character is a monster, but we eventually learn why, and that revelation is as painful as anything in the movie. There doesn't seem to be any fat on the movie. It is brisk, efficient, and has a heart, which we see almost too late. Highly recommended.
Not My Nanny
Kept me guessing until nearly the end.Thought the boy really cruel and the real culprit,even if description of movie said otherwise.Hard to believe his claims after the hanging stunt at that home.Great Hammer film,glad I finally got to see it.
Bette Davis is just plain creepy. Creepy in a good way.
Fabulous Bette Davis Genre
I watched this movie when I was very young, I am now 52 years old and still love it. She was a fantastic actress and especially great at these scarry type movies. If you liked this one see "What ever happened to Baby Jane" with Joan Crawford.
Scared Me to Bits!
I saw this movie as a youngster, and let me tell you! It haunted me for quite a while! I still remember some of the haunting images! Bette is a wonderful "weirdo!" Can't wait to see it again after all these years...
The Nanny (1965)
- James Higgins
Bette Davis sure can portray evil well. This is one of the best of her post 1960 performances. Well acted by all, Pamela Franklin stands out among the supporting cast.The story builds up very well, and the characters are well defined.
Second Generation Nanny Gone Mad
Before she took care of this generation of young children, Nanny (Bette Davis), took care of their mother and insured that she'd become dependent upon her for life. Seems Nanny's obsessed with her original ward & jealous of her family. The youngest, a little girl, has already drown in the bathtub. Her slightly older brother was blamed for her death and sentto an asylum for children. Now he's home,acting out & certain that Nanny's a murderer. Strain builds in the family'srelations & suspsense builds as the audience expects Nanny to kill the boy. No one can play evil incarnate quite like Bette Davis. When she goes into character it's so easy to forget that the character is really Bette Davis. She's so believable as the nanny, I'd be wary about allowing children to watch this film. If I were a child, after seeing this, I'd never feel safe with a babysitter again. That's very effective acting. That's Bette Davis' skill.
A Nanny of Our Nightmares
The way this film was set it immediately drew me into it. There's a very dark family mystery that needs to be revealed before it's too late and another, yes, another, child dies in the same family with the same nanny (Bette Davis). The thing to figure out is why she's out to kill the children of the woman she raised. The suspense is experly drawn out. It really held my interest.
Bette Davis is a governess-nanny for the second generation of a family. The mother of two young children was the first generation she took care of. Therefore, the mother, being so close to her own nanny, now has blinders on. She can't see that her young daughter drown as a result of the nanny's actions. Now the son is at the nanny's mercy. The questions of the suspense become will the boy live or die? Wil his mother figure out what the nanny's up to and why? I don't think that children should see this film, personally. It could make them very afraid to have a babysitter ever again. It's a great older youth, teen and adult suspense with Davis giving a chilling performance.
Bette Davis gives an intense but restrained performance as the nanny. Believe me, this is not the kind of nanny parents want to employ. This one had been with the family since taking care of the children's mother. She's a beloved, trusted professional, as well as part of the family. Until the next generation starts having 'accidents'. The suspense builds as Bette Davis reveals the true inclinations of her character. This not a performance to be missed.
Bette Davis & William Dix
After his younger sister drowns in the bathtub while "The Nanny" (Bette Davis) is on duty, her older brother played quite well by William Dix, is terrified of the nanny. Having been in the family for two generations, having previously taken care of the children's mother, the nanny is part of the family, beloved & trusted. Believe me, she should not be. I wouldn't recommend this film for young children because it is terrifyingly realistic. Davis plays the part with exquisite ability to portray the two faces of this derranged character. It's quite a horror film.
Had to be a Hammer Chiller
Know for being the filmmaking studio that drips with blood, it's no surprise that this film comes from Hammer. Gawd help the children who have this nanny! She'd be any loving parent's nightmare. Bette Davis delivers a terrific performance as the nanny who's capable of psychological manipulation of the parents & psychological torture of the child. She's also capable of murder! Not recommended for young children, obviously; unless, like the nanny, you want to terrorize them. But for everyone else, this film is a 1st rate Bette Davis chiller.
betty davis movie, the nanny.
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