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What Ever Happened to Aunt Alice?

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The battle of wits is on! OscarÂ(r) winners* Geraldine Page and Ruth Gordon 'sharpen their claws on each other (Boxoffice) in this enjoyable piece of jolly horror (Los Angeles Times) about a lost fortune, a mad heiress and a housekeeper hellbent on digging up the truth! Mrs. Marrable (Page) is a society matron who's had some shocking news. Her late husband left her only a stamp collection! Determined to maintain her extravagant lifestyle, she takes advantage of an unlikely new source of incomeher housekeepers by robbing them not only out of their life savings, but also their lives! The turnover rate for help speeds faster than a revolving door until Mrs. Marrable's latest hire (Gordon) develops a drive to unearth the terrible secret buried in the front yard! * Page: Actress, The Trip to Bountiful (1985); Gordon: Supporting Actress, Rosemary's Baby (1968)


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  • Actors: Geraldine Page, Ruth Gordon, Rosemary Forsyth, Robert Fuller, Mildred Dunnock
  • Directors: Bernard Girard, Lee H. Katzin
  • Writers: Theodore Apstein, Ursula Curtiss
  • Producers: Peter Nelson, Robert Aldrich, William Aldrich
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English, German
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: MGM (Video & DVD)
  • DVD Release Date: November 2, 2004
  • Run Time: 101 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002V7O60
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #86,717 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "What Ever Happened to Aunt Alice?" on IMDb

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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A. Griffiths on September 6, 2006
Format: DVD
An elderly widow finds herself left nothing in her husband's will, so she takes to employing housekeepers and murdering them for their life savings. She meets her match when one comes along who is not as meek as she looks, but is actually investigating the disappearance of the last housekeeper, who was her friend. The scene is set for a little old lady showdown!

I agree with most other reviewers in that "Whatever Happened To Aunt Alice" is a black comedy rather than a thriller, and it succeeds thanks to the bravura performances of Geraldine Page and Ruth Gordon, particularly Page as the villain Claire Marrabel, who really carries the whole film. Her very first scene shows us just the sort of woman she is, when her barely concealed excitement at the reading of her late husband's will turns to rage and bitterness when it turns out he had sunk all their assets into huge debts without ever telling her. Page plays the role magnificently, really throwing herself into the part, and continues in a vein of scarcely controlled wildness throughout the rest of the film. Two scenes stood out for me; firstly when she commits her very first murder, she is required to bury the body in a hole and plant a sapling pine tree over the top of this (this ever growing row of new trees becomes a visual gag for the rest of the movie). Page launches herself into the task with vigour, seemingly doing the full job while the camera and credits roll over the top of the scene. The second great moment is much later on in the movie when Claire has drugged two potential victims and tries to set their house on fire. It is Page we see (not a stand-in) crazily flinging a lighted cushion around the house trying to get the rest of the furniture to catch on fire.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Review Lover on June 19, 2006
Format: DVD
"Whatever Happened To Aunt Alice?" is, I believe, often overlooked for flashier, more renowned entries in the same vein of Grand Guignol - movies like "Whatever Happened To Baby Jane?", "Lady In A Cage", "Hush, Hush, Sweet Charlotte", and so forth.

But in "Whatever Happened To Aunt Alice?" we have something that none of those other movies had: a lack of Legend and a sense of Cult Following, and next-to-no expectations when viewing the movie for the first time. And so what we see when we sit down to watch it is something fresh, exciting and very, very good indeed.

"Whatever Happened To Aunt Alice?" stars the very wonderful Geraldine Page as the recently widowed Claire Marrable, who, in the wake of being left destitute by the financial wasteland that is her late husband's estate, moves to an isolated part of rural Arizona, and takes on a succession of tight-lipped, downtrodden housekeepers. The reason for the succession soon becomes apparent: Mrs. Marrable is murdering these women in short order, after they've signed their life savings over to her, and using them as fertiliser for what must be said is a remarkably verdant desert garden.

Enter the seemingly innocuous Alice Dimmock (the equally wonderful Ruth Gordon), who, after the briefest of introductory periods, sets about working to her own agenda: discovering the whereabouts of Mrs. Marrable's last housekeeper.

Performances are incredibly, incredibly good: Geraldine Page is a delight to watch in almost all of her movie roles, and this proves no different: she's a magnetic, charismatic powerhouse who breathes a pathos and a kind of twisted empathy into the murderous role of Mrs. Marrable.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Only-A-Child VINE VOICE on June 26, 2005
Format: DVD
This is a fun little black comedy from television director Lee Katzin. Playing off the title of "Whatver Happened to Baby Jane", it is not ruined by its television look and feel because of a particularly memorable performance by Geraldine Page.

Page plays an older women who has essentially been driven mad with rage after her husband dies and leaves her only his debts and .the contents of his briefcase. She moves to the desert and lives very comfortably by dispatching a series of live-in housekeepers who have turned over their life savings to her. Katzin tells the story mostly from the POV of Page's character so that after a while the audience is actually identifying with her.

Ruth Gordon is essentially wasted in a very straight role. Rosemary Forsyth and Robert Fuller make an appealing couple but are very minor to story.

Page is absolutely brilliant and plays the ironic twist at the end of the film beautifully. At the same time that she is found out, she finds out that her husband actually made a provision for her to live comfortably after his death. She plays this final scene in such a way that we understand that discovering he actually loved her is far more important to her than getting away with murder.

Then again, what do I know? I'm only a child.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Terrance Richard TOP 1000 REVIEWER on March 22, 2010
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"Whatever Happened To Aunt Alice?" was made in the same vein as "Whatever Happened To Baby Jane?" and "Hush, Hush...Sweet Charlotte". It is considered the third installment in the "Baby Jane" franchise by most ardent fans of the original. First released in 1969, "Whatever Happened To Aunt Alice?" was produced by "Baby Jane" director Robert Aldrich. While watching the film you get an eery sense of "Baby Jane" in the feel of the script and the production. "...Aunt Alice?" deals with a woman named Mrs. Marrable, played with canny villany, by stage actress Gearldine Page, who discovers her husband has left her flat broke leaving his widow with only his stamp collection. To stay financially afloat this woman hires maids, whom she steals money from and eventually kills. Like "Baby Jane" and "Hush, Hush" this film deals with women, in desperate situations, killing for cash. Extremely well done, "Whatever Happened To Aunt Alice?" has some of the best acting in a film. Page tears up the screen as the woman who is desperate. Her facial expressions, that wig she wears, and her campy performance, will satisfy the most faithful "Baby Jane" fan. Ruth Gordon has a role in the film playing another servant of Marrable's called Alice. Unbeknownst to Mrs. Marrable Alice is trying to find out what she is up to. '70's hunk Robert Fuller from TV's "Emergency" and former soap actress Rosemary Forsythe have supporting roles. If your a fan of the "hag films" made popular by Joan Crawford and Bette Davis you will love "Whatever Happened To Aunt Alice?". The movie comes in beautiful widescreen format, but unfortunately does not include the theatrical trailer.
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