The Nanny (1965) - Rotten Tomatoes

The Nanny (1965)

The Nanny (1965)

The Nanny




Critic Consensus: No consensus yet.

The Nanny Trailers & Photos

Movie Info

In this thriller (which represented something of a departure for Hammer Films, noted for their gothic period pieces), Joey Fane (William Dix) has returned home after two years in an institution for mentally ill children. His sister drowned, and his family believes that Joey was to blame, despite his claims of innocence. Joey is convinced that the family's Nanny (Bette Davis) was responsible and refuses to have anything to do with her, but only neighbor girl Bobby (Pamela Franklin) agrees that there's something sinister about the woman minding the house. When Joey's neurotic mother Virginia (Wendy Craig) nearly dies after eating tainted food prepared by the Nanny, Virginia's sister Penelope (Jill Bennett) comes by to help. Penelope soon witnesses the bad blood between Joey and the Nanny, though before long she begins to think that the boy might be right about her after all. Jimmy Sangster adapted the screenplay from a novel by Evelyn Piper. ~ Mark Deming, Rovimore
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Mystery & Suspense, Classics
Directed By:
In Theaters:
On DVD: Dec 21, 2006


Wendy Craig
as Virginia Fane
Jill Bennett II
as Penelope Fane
James Villiers
as Bill Fane
William Dix
as Joey Fane
Jack Watling
as Dr. Medman
Alfred Burke
as Dr. Wills
Maurice Denham
as Dr. Beamaster
Nora Gordon
as Mrs. Griggs
Harry Fowler
as Milkman
Show More Cast

News & Interviews for The Nanny

Critic Reviews for The Nanny

All Critics (16) | Top Critics (4)

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Full Review… | May 10, 2005
New York Times
Top Critic

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

The Nanny is not especially ambitious, so one must settle for the small pleasures and chills that it offers.

Full Review… | June 24, 2009

... The Nanny holds up considerably well today as a slight, but unsettling, thriller.

Full Review… | April 15, 2008
DVD Review

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.

Pierluigi Puccini

Super Reviewer


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.

Michael Gildea

Super Reviewer

Bette is masterful as always, the movie is chilling.

jay nixon

Super Reviewer

The Nanny Quotes

There are no approved quotes yet for this movie.

Discussion Forum

Discuss The Nanny on our Movie forum!