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What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?
Bette Davis and Joan Crawford




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As a child, Jane Hudson (Bette Davis) was a pampered vaudeville star known to the world as Baby Jane while her younger sister, Blanche (Joan Crawford), led a quiet life in her considerable shadow. Decades have passed and now Blanche is a beautiful, talented movie idol and Jane a lowly extra. When a car accident cripples Blanche, binding her to a wheelchair, Jane sees her opportunity for revenge and assumes the role of caretaker. Her newly gained power completes the transformation of the sugar-sweet child star into a nightmarish caricature of Baby Jane. As she does everything she can to make her sister's life a living hell--including feeding Blanche a dead rat and brutally beating her when she tries to phone for help--Jane plots a comeback, aided by shifty musical director Edwin Flagg (Victor Buono). Director Robert Aldrich (KISS ME DEADLY) composes the strangest and most unsettling film of his career, creating a blueprint for future psycho-thriller filmmakers to follow. Renowned offscreen rivals Davis and Crawford revived their flagging careers with two stunning performances, and Buono received an Academy Award nomination for his supporting role. Creepy, campy, grotesque, and terrifying, the wildly over-the-top WHAT EVER HAPPENED TO BABY JANE? is a disturbing and unforgettable film.

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As a child, Jane Hudson (Bette Davis) was a pampered vaudeville star known to the world as Baby Jane while her younger sister, Blanche (Joan Crawford), led a quiet life in her considerable shadow. Decades have passed and now Blanche is a beautiful, talented movie idol and Jane a lowly extra. When a car accident cripples Blanche, binding her to a wheelchair, Jane sees her opportunity for revenge and assumes the role of caretaker. Her newly gained power completes the transformation of the sugar-sweet child star into a nightmarish caricature of Baby Jane. As she does everything she can to make her sister's life a living hell--including feeding Blanche a dead rat and brutally beating her when she tries to phone for help--Jane plots a comeback, aided by shifty musical director Edwin Flagg (Victor Buono). Director Robert Aldrich (KISS ME DEADLY) composes the strangest and most unsettling film of his career, creating a blueprint for future psycho-thriller filmmakers to follow. Renowned offscreen rivals Davis and Crawford revived their flagging careers with two stunning performances, and Buono received an Academy Award nomination for his supporting role. Creepy, campy, grotesque, and terrifying, the wildly over-the-top WHAT EVER HAPPENED TO BABY JANE? is a disturbing and unforgettable film.

Awards:
1962 - Academy Awards - Best Costume Design (b&w) Winner

Main Cast & Crew

Robert Aldrich - Director
Bette Davis
Joan Crawford
Victor Buono
Marjorie Bennett
Anna Lee
Maidie Norman
Dave Willock
Anne Barton
Barbara D. Merrill

 

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DVD Format
  • Format: DVD (50th Anniversary Edition)
  • Run Time: 132
  • Color Format: B&W
  • UPC: 883929255481
  • Genre: Horror
  • Rating: Not Rated
  • Release Date: May 2006

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Movies > Horror/Suspense

Related Keywords:
Black Comedy
Rivalry
Campy
Kidnapping And Missing Persons
Psychodrama
Recommended
Character Study
Disturbing
Physically Impaired
Mental Illness
Theatrical Release
Essential Cinema

 

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Synopsis:
Aging sisters--one a bitter former child star, the other an actress whose career was ended by a crippling car wreck--duke it out in this campy shocker.

Reviews:
"...The Bette Davis-Joan Crawford teaming still packs a punch in this onetime surprise hit..." - 10/03/1997 USA Today, p.3D


"...The leads are suitably poisonous, and the line between life and art blurred as clips from their films are used as the Hudson's own. Creepy..." - 10/01/2000 Total Film, p.108

 

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