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What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?

  • Drama
  • 1962
  • Robert Aldrich
  • 128 mins
  • 12A

Summary

Gothic drama starring Bette Davis and Joan Crawford. Former movie star sisters "Baby Jane" and Blanche Hudson live alone in a decaying Hollywood mansion. Blanche, now confined to a wheelchair, is at the mercy of the increasingly demented and sadistic Jane.

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Review

A star rating of 5 out of 5.

This innovative and much imitated chiller set the trend for ageing Hollywood divas to revive their careers by playing unhinged maniacs - but no one beats Bette Davis or Joan Crawford in the snarl-and-shriek department. Here, the former queens of Hollywood play actress sisters divided by age-old Tinseltown resentments, with Davis's grotesquely made-up former child star "Baby" Jane Hudson torturing her paralysed sister Blanche (Crawford). The on-screen fireworks were reportedly fuelled by off-screen hatred, but the chemistry between the stars is unquestionably hair-raising and upped the Gothic stakes to camp shock levels. On a more serious note, this Grand Guignol-style Sunset Blvd deals with the frightening decay of illusions by cleverly incorporating both actresses' earlier work into the psychodrama.

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Credits

Cast

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Jane HudsonBette Davis
Blanche HudsonJoan Crawford
Edwin FlaggVictor Buono
Mrs BatesAnna Lee
Elvira StittMaidie Norman
Della FlaggMarjorie Bennett
Liza BatesBarbara D Merrill
Ray HudsonDave Willock
Cora HudsonAnn Barton
Young JaneJulie Allred
Young BlancheGina Gillespie

Crew

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DirectorRobert Aldrich

Details

Theatrical distributor
Park Circus
Released on
2012-12-14
Guidance
Contains violence.
Available on
video and DVD
Formats
Black and white
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