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What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962)

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A former child star torments her crippled sister in a decaying Hollywood mansion.

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Marty Mc Donald
Julie Allred ...
Anne Barton ...
Cora Hudson (as Ann Barton)
Marjorie Bennett ...
Dehlia Flagg
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Ben Golden
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Mrs. Bates
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Dave Willock ...
Ray Hudson
William Aldrich ...
Lunch Counter Assistant at Beach
Russ Conway ...
Police Officer
Maxine Cooper ...
Bank Teller
Robert Cornthwaite ...
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Storyline

In a tale that almost redefines sibling rivalry, faded actresses Blanche and 'Baby' Jane Hudson live together. Jane was by far the most famous when she performed with their father in vaudeville but as they got older, it was Blanche who became the finer actress, which Jane still resents. Blanche is now confined to a wheelchair - Jane ran her over with the car while drunk, even though she has no memory of it - and Jane is firmly in control. As time goes by, Jane exercises greater and greater control over her sister, intercepting her letters and ensuring that few if anyone from the outside has any contact with her. As Jane slowly loses her mind, she torments her sister going to ever greater extremes. Written by garykmcd

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Drama | Horror | Thriller

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31 October 1962 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

¿Qué pasó con Baby Jane?  »

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$980,000 (estimated)
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(RCA Sound Recording)

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

In scenes where Jane imitates Blanche's voice, the voice heard is actually Joan Crawford's voice, and not Bette Davis', as Bette could not master Joan's voice properly. See more »

Goofs

When Blanche removes the note she has typed to throw to her neighbour from the typewriter, the machine's carriage is at the far right. The next shot is a close up of Blanche adding a handwritten footnote to the letter - the typewriter carriage is now positioned centrally. See more »

Quotes

Blanche: Did you have a nice drive?
Jane: What are you talking about?
Blanche: Nothing dear, I... it's been so long since you were out of the house I thought perhaps you had gone for a drive or something. You know I was thinking, it's ever so long since we had a talk, you know, a real talk about the future and everything. Jane, I didn't want you to be worried about the house, even if I do have to sell it, we'll still be together.
Jane: Blanche you're not gonna sell this house. Daddy bought this house, and he bought it for ...
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Connections

Referenced in Animaniacs: The Warners' 65th Anniversary Special (1994) See more »

Soundtracks

I've Written a Letter to Daddy
Music by Frank De Vol
Lyrics by Bob Merrill
Performed by Bette Davis
Also performed by Julie Allred (dubbed by Debbie Burton)
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Somehow, this is indeed compelling.
29 March 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I don't think I walked into this one with the right set of expectations. I expected a low-fi, creepy bit of occult-tinted fun from an age before horror films were bloated, over-done sacks of crap, and what I got was much different. I wouldn't really say this is a straight horror movie like Psycho or The Birds, as it unfolds itself like a riveting drama of two sisters instead. The acting is phenomenal, though, at least from our two lead characters, and the way they play off each other is just fantastic. This one takes a while to get going, but once it does, you are in for a high-octane, creepy thrill ride. Recommended to fans of older horror/suspense type movies.


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