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Fun "Bittysploitation" picture. A nice game of cat and mouse between Geraldine Page and Ruth Gordon. Geraldine Page really plays a wonderfully nasty character and Ruth Gordon is a delight, as always.
6.2/10, my review: http://wp.me/p1eXom-2pt
I hadn't seen this since I watched it as a child in the 70s and I have to say I really enjoyed seeing it again.
Although not at all scary it is still very entertaining and slightly comedic. Its also an interesting window into how much the horror/thriller genre of film
has changed in the almost 50 years since this was made. Whilst this is less well known and therefore less popular than Hitchcock's 'Psycho', in my opinion it definitely deserves the same "classic" status. Perhaps even cult status.
Geraldine Page is wonderful as a neurotic, reclusive, cocktail drinking psychopath. I love the way she laughs after she has notched up a new victim.
Ruth Gordon (Minnie Castevet in Rosemary's baby) is equally good as the ballsy Mrs Dimmock aka Aunt Alice.
Mrs Marrable cons her elderly maids out of their savings then murders them. When Aunt Alice's friend goes missing, it's up to her to find out what has happened.
Whatever Happened to Aunt Alice serves as another one of the psycho bitty genre popular at the time (thanks to Whatever Happened to Baby Jane and Hush Hush Sweet Charlotte). The acting was superb, it was awesome to see two old ladies fight in such a brutal manner. The twists were great too, complemented by the darkly humorous tone, Whatever Happened to Aunt Alice is a film worthy of viewing.
TV grade film but don't let that stop you watching this because of the stellar performance of Geraldine Page. Ruth Gordon comes into the action after a half hour and is great as well. Watch this one for these two veteran actresses!
[img]http://t1.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcRtoD4D0kDsJ4R_bBboaNTdXsH9tEcyhA41E8WbiIrJi1hyVK-E[/img] Geraldine Page as the money hungry killer
The film is the 3rd of a triology made by Aldrich, the first being Whatever Happened to Baby Jane. A lot of bodies pile up in this one and the delightful Geraldine Page is genius at whatever role given her. Here role in romance tale Dear Heart with Glenn Ford was precious. This role was dastardly dark. She can do it all.
We don't see any police in this one even though we are asked to believe several murders of hired women have occurred. We see the first murder and then one a bit later. A terrible distraction, for me at least, was the romance between Alice's nephew, or some such relation, and the new neighbor of Page's. It doesn't really have a thing to do with the murder plot that Alice is trying to uncover.
[img]http://t3.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcS6kCAbNn5t5suOUh3mbTOzpJkcaBVTSriwOKwv5lpj8ZMxH2__Fg[/img] Alice investigates the murders played by Ruth Gordon
Don't question too much, just accept the fact this is one crazy lady who is driven to her own security at the expense of her elderly hired homekeepers. But the movie's Ruth Gordon (as Alice) investigates what happened to her ex-employee who was a victim of this depraved woman. Gordon was made celebrity in Rosemary's Baby and Harold & Maude.
The title is derived from Ruth Gordon playing Alice.
Strange but absolutely intriguing tale about Geraldine Page hiring companions, but killing them off for their money. The always great Ruth Gordon pl...
The script is somewhat heavy-handed but Page and Gordon lead the show with unbowed energy and riveting dialogue deliveries almost unworthy of the dialog...
[img]http://t0.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcSAk1tC5H6kyC3zPe3OJROXs3iyO8NvUIFmv_45tlhE12Ab4apk7w[/img] The battle between Gordon and Page
SEE the trailer here:
SEE the entire film here:
Geraldine Page as Claire Marrable
Ruth Gordon as Alice Dimmock
Rosemary Forsyth as Harriet Vaughn
Robert Fuller as Mike Darrah
Mildred Dunnock as Edna Tinsley
Joan Huntington as Julia Lawson
Peter Brandon as George Lawson
Michael Barbera as Jim Vaughn
Peter Bonerz as Mr. Bentley
Richard Angarola as Sheriff Armijo
Claire Kelly as Elva
Valerie Allen as Dottie
Martin Garralaga as Juan
Jack Bannon as Olin
Seth Riggs as Warren
[img]http://t0.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcQm1SG8bjzDEorNJgE6pkIsR_taAQpUBBai_ei9fyyUN-R2MnTEng[/img] The evidence is found by Gordon
Lee H. Katzin
Joseph F. Biroc
Frank J. Urioste
American Broadcasting Company
Cinerama Releasing Corporation
August 20, 1969
Strange but absolutely intriguing tale about Geraldine Page hiring companions, but killing them off for their money. The always great Ruth Gordon plays here latest companion for this very twisted and suspenseful film. Robert Aldrich produced this oddball thriller, and the film does share the same dark humor as his influential "Whatever Happened to Baby Jane" along with the superficial similarities of the title and a thriller involving two older women isolated in a house. It's a fairly cheap production, but the performances by Page and Gordon, along with a script that's not afraid to gleefully dip into over-the-top craziness make it well worth watching. Definitely a fun and unique thriller, though probably not for all tastes.
The script is somewhat heavy-handed but Page and Gordon lead the show with unbowed energy and riveting dialogue deliveries almost unworthy of the dialogues themselves.
"Bette Davis and Joan Crawfords famous fueds off screen for each other, is channeled onscreen in a spine chilling pshyco-thriller."
What Ever happened to Baby Jane is calculated, well scripted and eerie. Your literally sitting at the edge of your chair wondering what will happen next? And in those very early moments automatically your empathic and fearful for Crawfords pyshical well-being and emotional state when she's imprisioned by her sister... or is she? I love this movie and i love how the cameraman chose it's use of lighting techniques and choice of angles. This Film couldn't get any better!
Blanche Dubois meets Dexter Morgan.
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