Monday, May 18, 2009

What Ever Happened to Aunt Alice? (1969)

The third of a trilogy of similar horror films featuring psychotic women either directed and/or produced by Robert Aldrich, What Ever Happened to Aunt Alice? is my second favorite. I first saw Geraldine Page in The Trip to Bountiful and fell in love with her immediately. Playing the polar opposite to her character in Bountiful, Page is exceptional in What Ever Happened to Aunt Alice? as a clever, cold-hearted widow who must earn a living similar to Monsieur Verdoux. This film also features Ruth Gordon who is remember best in Rosemary's Baby or for me, Every Which Way But Loose and Harold and Maude.

Synopsis: Mrs. Marrable is a bereaved widow who takes to hiring housekeepers then kills them for their money. When Miss Tinsley disappears, her former employer Alice investigates. Posing as a maid, she gains employment with the murderous Mrs. Marrable. Her nephew Mike helps Alice and manages to fall in love with the girl next door. When Alice exposes the murderess, she risks her life, and her disappearance leads to the title of the film. - NY Times

Tonight on TCM!

Penthouse (1933) The mob frames a lawyer for murder, so he enlists a call girl's help in finding the real killer.Cast: Warner Baxter, Myrna Loy, Charles Butterworth, Mae Clarke Dir: W. S. Van Dyke

When Ladies Meet (1933)
A female novelist doesn't realize her new friend is the wife whose husband she's trying to steal.Cast: Ann Harding, Robert Montgomery, Myrna Loy, Alice Brady Dir: Harry Beaumont

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