Kind-hearted nursemaid or cold-blooded murderess? Bette Davis delivers a finely understated performance as THE NANNY, an offbeat thriller from Hammer Studios in 1965.
Following the mysterious death of little Susy Fane, her older brother Joey (William Dix) is blamed and sent to a childrens' correctional facility. Two years later, he's allowed home, but refuses to be left alone in the company of the family's long-serving nursemaid, Nanny (Bette Davis). What exactly happened that has made Joey so incredibly wary of the seemingly-kind old nurse?
Bette Davis leads the charge with an absorbing performance in THE NANNY, arguably one of her most subtle and understated performances during a point in her career when she could get very hammy (pardon the pun). Two years later she'd star in another memorable Hammer production, the delicious black comedy "The Anniversary".
William Dix (best-remembered for playing little Tommy Stubbins in the Fox musical "Doctor Dolittle"), is a marvelous young actor and holds his own with Davis in their scenes together. Wendy Craig, Jill Bennett and James Villiers are also very fine. The movie also co-stars a fifteen-year-old Pamela Franklin ("The Innocents", "Legend of Hell House").
If you enjoy a good thriller or whodunnit, THE NANNY is a superb choice.
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Accused of drowning his little sister in the bath, 10-year old Joey (William Dix) is sent away to an institution for therapy even though he claims the Nanny (Davis) is responsible. When he returns home, suspicion is quickly aroused again as his mother (Wendy Craig) is poisoned and his aunt suddenly dies. But Joey continues to insist the Nanny is responsible, turning life into a deft cat-and-mouse game between the equally shady woman and her young charge.