What Ever Happened to Aunt Alice? (1969) 1080p

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Crime | Drama
Frame Rate:
23.976 fps
English 2.0  
Run Time:
101 min
IMDB Rating:
6.9 / 10 
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Directors: Lee H. Katzin [Director] ,

Movie Description:
An aging widow hides a deadly secret which she will do anything to keep buried.


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Creepy Woman

After the death of her husband, the widow Clare Marrable (Geraldine Page) finds he has lost his fortune in bad investments and receives only a briefcase with a rusted dagger, a butterfly collection and a stamp collection. Completely broken, Clare moves to Tucson, Arizona where her unknown nephew George Lawson (Peter Brandon) gives an isolated house in the desert for her to live. Clare poses as if she has investments and kills her lonely housekeepers to steal their money. Then she buries their bodies in her garden and plants pine trees on their graves. After killing the housekeeper Miss Edna Tinsley (Mildred Dunnock), Clare receives the application of the mysterious Alice Dimmock (Ruth Gordon) that snoops around her house to investigate the disappearance of Tinsley helped by Mike Darrah (Robert Fuller). Meanwhile George leases an empty cottage in front of Clare's house to lodge his friend Harriet Vaughn (Rosemary Forsyth) and her ten year-old son. What will Clare do?

"What Ever Happened to Aunt Alice?" is a suspenseful film with a creepy woman. The evil Clare Marrable is one of the scariest serial-killer in the cinema history and Geraldine Page has a top-notch performance, supported by a great cast composed by the veteran actresses Ruth Gordon and Mildred Dunnock. The ironic conclusion is perfect to the story. My vote is seven.

Title (Brazil): "A Mans?o dos Desaparecidos" ("The Mansion of the Missing Ones")

A neat story but way too many plot holes to be taken very seriously,

"What Ever Happened to Aunt Alice?" is certainly a guilty pleasure in the tradition of such films as "What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?", "Who Slew Auntie Roo?" and "Hush, Hush, Sweet Charlotte". All three were old lady thrillers--an odd genre in the 1960s and early 70s that featured old women doing VERY bad things. And, as I said, they are all guilty pleasures--films that were never meant to be deep and intellectual--just kitschy entertainment.

The film begins with Clare Marrable (Geraldine Page) bashing her servant over the head and burying her in her yard. Considering she lives in the middle of the Arizona desert, it's not surprising she's not been caught. You soon learn that nasty Clare has made a habit of this sort of thing--she kills off her servants and steals their savings. While you cannot get rich that way, Clare deals in volume--and obviously she is out to add to her growing collection of bodies in the yard. The next one, it seems, is Mrs. Dimmock (Ruth Gordon)--though you aren't terribly sure who is actually hunting who.

The film has quite a bit going for it. Geraldine Page's performance is ridiculously florid and over-the-top---and her scene stealing actually adds to the fun. The plot is also really cool. However, the film also has TONS of plot holes--tons. They are especially apparent during the huge (and very violent) confrontation scene between Page and Gordon---and the scene was VERY awkward and ridiculous. Overall, while certainly not a great film, it is VERY entertaining...in a low-brow sort of way.

Trying to get good help

Poor Geraldine Page has been left penniless by her late husband who left her the house and a huge stamp collection. The love went out of that marriage years ago and her being left with nothing, but debts has really put a crimp in her plans to live good in her sunset years.

Then she hits on a plan to hire housekeepers with some assets and kill them for same. She succeeds with Mildred Dunnock, but that also leaves Dunnock's friend, Ruth Gordon with a mystery to find out What Ever Happened To Aunt Alice?

Though there are a number of supporting roles Whatever Happened To Aunt Alice is a two woman show with Geraldine Page and Ruth Gordon dividing up the scenery equally so they could chow down. But this kind of black comedy really calls for it.

If your taste runs to black comedy this is your kind of film. And I do love the fact that it turns out in the end Page is not quite so penniless after all. Good thing because she'll need a good lawyer.
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