Hush... Hush, Sweet Charlotte, 1964

Director

Robert Aldrich

Cast

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New Orleans: Flights: Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport

Baton Rouge Metropolitan Airport

Visit Baton Rouge

Houmas House, 40136 Highway 942, just west of Burnside on Route 44 (tel: 504.891.9494), between New Orleans and Baton Rouge


Trivia

To see heavyweights Bette Davis and Joan Crawford slugging it out for screen time, see What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?

Hush... Hush, Sweet Charlott location: Houmas House, Burnside, Louisiana

Hush... Hush, Sweet Charlotte location: The Southern mansion: Houmas House, Burnside, Louisiana

This troubled follow-up to the hugely successful Whatever Happened to Baby Jane? was all but completed, with the re-teaming of stars Bette Davis and Joan Crawford, when Crawford’s persistent illnesses brought production to a halt (see Shaun Considine’s wickedly gossipy book, Bette and Joan: The Divine Feud for the fascinating details).

The company aimed high for a replacement: not surprisingly, grandes dames Vivien Leigh and Katharine Hepburn both turned down the role in this Southern Gothic melodrama, which eventually went to Olivia De Havilland.

The Greek Revival mansion with its three-story spiral staircase (watch out for those bouncing heads) is the Houmas House, 40136 Highway 942, just west of Burnside on Route 44, between New Orleans and Baton Rouge in Louisiana.

The house, which has also been seen in Moon of the Wolf (1972), Mandingo (1975) and Fletch Lives (1988) among others, is open for tours, conducted by impressively knowledgeable guides in Antebellum costume.




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