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What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962)

Not Rated | | Drama, Horror, Thriller | 31 October 1962 (USA)
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A former child star torments her paraplegic sister in their decaying Hollywood mansion.



(from the novel by), (screenplay)
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Won 1 Oscar. Another 1 win & 11 nominations. See more awards »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Marty Mc Donald
Julie Allred ...
Anne Barton ...
Cora Hudson (as Ann Barton)
Dehlia Flagg
Ben Golden
Mrs. Bates
Ray Hudson
William Aldrich ...
Lunch Counter Assistant at Beach
Police Officer
Maxine Cooper ...
Bank Teller
Robert Cornthwaite ...


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 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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Things you should know about this motion picture before buying a ticket: 1) If you're long-standing fans of Miss Davis and Miss Crawford, we warn you this is quite unlike anything they've ever done. 2) You are urged to see it from the beginning. 3) Be prepared for the macabre and the terrifying. 4) We ask your pledge to keep the shocking climax a secret. 5) When the tension begins to build, try to remember it's just a movie. See more »


Drama | Horror | Thriller


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Release Date:

31 October 1962 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

¿Qué pasó con Baby Jane?  »

Box Office


$980,000 (estimated)

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


According to Bette Davis, Joan Crawford refused to dispose of her falsies. "As part of her wardrobe, Miss Crawford owned three sizes of bosoms. In the famous scene in which she lay on the beach, Joan wore the largest ones. Let's face it, when a woman lies on her back, I don't care how well endowed she is, her bosoms do not stand straight up. And Blanche had supposedly wasted away for twenty years. The scene called for me to fall on top of her. I had the breath almost knocked out of me. It was like falling on two footballs!" See more »


When Edwin first visits the Hudson home, the wrought iron gates at the front door swing inward as he enters. But later in the story, when he bursts out of the house after discovering what Jane has done to Blanche, the gates swing outward as he exits. See more »


Dr. Shelby: I don't quite understand. Is this some kind of emotional disturbance you're talking about?
Blanche: Yes, she's emotionally disturbed. She's unbalanced!
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Crazy Credits

introducing Victor Buono See more »


Referenced in Sisters (1972) See more »


Old Folks at Home
Music by Stephen Foster
Played by band in the 1917 prologue
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User Reviews

A compelling movie; Davis and Crawford tear each other apart
21 June 2006 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

Whatever Happened to Baby Jane? might seem dated, but it is still an extremely riveting watch. I literally could not look away, as soon as the movie started, I couldn't stop until it had finished. Not a lot of movies can do that to me. The acting is extremely good, Bette Davis and Joan Crawford are just so good as the main focus of the movie. The chilling score is suits the movie and the camera-work reminds me a lot of Hitchcock.

The story focuses on two sisters, Blanche Hudson (Joan Crawford) who was crippled in an accident awhile ago and "Baby" Jane Hudson (Bette Davis). Jane used to be a big child star, she even had a doll brand after her. Now, though, she is no longer recognised while her sister has recently become very famous. They live in an old mansion, with Blanche confined to her room upstairs while Jane gets madder and more cruel by the day.

Bette Davis gives the star performance here, some may call it over-acting but it is far from. She really makes Jane as mad, cruel and sad as possible. Joan Crawford is equally good in a very different role. She is much more timid then Jane and quite scared. The supporting cast are all good as well, especially Victor Buono as Victor Flagg, an odd pianist that befriends Jane. The black and white really are used to full effect, they make the mansion look extra creepy. Robert Aldrich's direction is fine.

To today's modern audience, this may seem boring as it does not have any action. Most of the movie is dialogue, but I do urge those who haven't seen it to do so, as it is a truly excellent movie.

A solid 5/5!

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