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The Nanny (1965)




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Those contemplating the hiring of a nanny to care for their children and households may not want to watch this convoluted and chilling thriller from Hammer Films. Bette Davis stars as the outwardly perfect nanny whose prim and proper demeanor masks the raving mind and icy heart of a homicidal maniac--at least that is what her ten-year-old charge who has just returned from a mental institution would have people believe.


William Dix
as Joey Fane
Wendy Craig
as Virginia Fane
Jill Bennett
as Penelope Fane
James Villiers
as Bill Fane
Jack Watling
as Dr. Medman
Alfred Burke
as Dr. Wills
Maurice Denham
as Dr. Beamaster
Nora Gordon
as Mrs. Griggs
Harry Fowler
as Milkman
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Critic Reviews for The Nanny

All Critics (13) | Top Critics (2)

A rather quiet, cautious thriller that gives Davis more room for characterization than most of her later films.

March 31, 2008 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

The film is maddening because it's just good enough to be tantalizingly suggestive of what it might have been.

February 27, 2020 | Full Review…

The keynote of the film is the Davis performance -- the quietest and most restrained since Baby Jane started this cycle.

February 7, 2018 | Full Review…

The Nanny is not especially ambitious, so one must settle for the small pleasures and chills that it offers.

June 24, 2009 | Rating: 54/100 | Full Review…

... The Nanny holds up considerably well today as a slight, but unsettling, thriller.

April 15, 2008 | Full Review…

Bette Davis as the baddest of nannies. Scary in its modest way.

August 30, 2004 | Rating: 3/5

Audience Reviews for The Nanny

One of Hammer Films' most accomplished works. An eerie and ambiguous psychological thriller that deals with some disturbing taboo themes inside family, sort of the common groundwork for novelist Evelyn Piper, the same who wrote the more popular "Bunny Lake is Missing". Filmed in a gloriously stark black and white, effortlessly attaining a claustrophobic, lurid and bleak atmosphere. Bette Davis, reinventing herself in those years as a horror muse after Robert Aldrich's "What ever happened to baby jane?", shows again her subtle but acute acting chops. My only regret is that the end seems watered down, just after reaching its real sense of menace.

Pierluigi Puccini
Pierluigi Puccini

Super Reviewer


I thought for sure that The Nanny was going to turn out to be some campy and gaudy forgettable film in the twilight of the career of Bette Davis. What it actually turns out to be is a sadly overlooked powerhouse performance by Davis that's every bit as horrific as it is beautifully sad. Unfortunately you're probably going to spend most of The Nanny's 90-minute running time hating William Dix's (Joey's) guts when you're not mildly entertained by Pamela Franklin's upstairs neighbor performance. The flashbacks are well done and pretty frightening even if The Nanny isn't the standard Hammer film. It's easy to bunch this one in with What Ever Happened to Baby Jane and Hush, Hush Sweet Charlotte even thought its completely different, but at the same time it reminded me more of Bunny Lake is Missing. For as short of a movie as The Nanny is it's kind of a long watch but worth it in the end.

Michael Gildea
Michael Gildea

Super Reviewer

Bette is masterful as always, the movie is chilling.

jay nixon
jay nixon

Super Reviewer

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