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Director:
Writers:
Henry Farrell (from the novel by)
Lukas Heller (screenplay)
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Release Date:
31 October 1962 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Sister, sister, oh so fair, why is there blood all over your hair? See more »
Plot:
A former child star torments her crippled sister in a decaying Hollywood mansion. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Awards:
Won Oscar. Another 2 wins & 10 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Those Hudson Sisters See more (169 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)

Bette Davis ... Baby Jane Hudson

Joan Crawford ... Blanche Hudson

Victor Buono ... Edwin Flagg

Wesley Addy ... Marty Mc Donald
Julie Allred ... Baby Jane Hudson, in 1917
Anne Barton ... Cora Hudson (as Ann Barton)
Marjorie Bennett ... Dehlia Flagg

Bert Freed ... Ben Golden

Anna Lee ... Mrs. Bates

Maidie Norman ... Elvira Stitt
Dave Willock ... Ray Hudson
William Aldrich ... Lunch Counter Assistant at Beach
Russ Conway ... Police Officer
Maxine Cooper ... Bank Teller
Robert Cornthwaite ... Dr. Shelby
Michael Fox ... TV Commercial Man
Gina Gillespie ... Blanche Hudson, in 1917
Barbara Merrill ... Liza Bates (as B.D. Merrill)
Don Ross ... Police Officer
James Seay ... Police Officer
John Shay ... Police Officer
Jon Shepodd ... Police Officer
Peter Virgo ... Police Officer
Bobs Watson ... Clerk in Newspaper Classified Ad Department
Debbie Burton ... Singing Voice (voice)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Robert Aldrich ... Himself - Director - in Trailer (uncredited)
Murray Alper ... Projectionist (uncredited)
Ernest Anderson ... Ernie, Ice Cream Vendor at Beach (uncredited)
Steve Condit ... Boy in Audience (uncredited)

Andrew Duggan ... Trailer Narrator (voice) (uncredited)
Norman Papson ... Beach Boy (uncredited)
Mike Ragan ... Police Officer (uncredited)
Michael St. Angel ... Bank Manager (uncredited)
Ralph Volkie ... Asst. Projectionist (uncredited)

Directed by
Robert Aldrich 
 
Writing credits
Henry Farrell (from the novel by)

Lukas Heller (screenplay)

Produced by
Robert Aldrich .... producer
Kenneth Hyman .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Frank De Vol  (as DeVol)
 
Cinematography by
Ernest Haller 
 
Film Editing by
Michael Luciano 
 
Casting by
Jack Murton 
 
Art Direction by
William Glasgow 
 
Set Decoration by
George Sawley 
 
Makeup Department
Jack Obringer .... makeup artist
Robert J. Schiffer .... makeup artist
Monty Westmore .... makeup artist
Beau Wilson .... key makeup artist
Peggy Shannon .... hair stylist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Jack R. Berne .... production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
William Aldrich .... third assistant director
Tom Connors Jr. .... assistant director (as Tom Connors)
 
Art Department
John Orlando .... props
 
Sound Department
Harold E. McGhan .... sound editor
Jack Solomon .... sound
 
Special Effects by
Donald Steward .... special effects
 
Stunts
Carol Daniels .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Til Gabani .... camera operator (as Till A. Gabbani)
Richard Borland .... grip (uncredited)
Don Christie .... still photographer (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Norma Koch .... wardrobe designer
Angela Alexander .... wardrobe (uncredited)
Vou Lee Giokaris .... wardrobe (uncredited)
Kathleen McCandless .... wardrobe (uncredited)
Eric Seelig .... wardrobe (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Nick Archer .... assistant film editor
 
Music Department
George F. Marni .... music editor
Michael Andersen .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
Sidney Cutner .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
Ruby Raksin .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
Albert Woodbury .... orchestrator (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Adell Aldrich .... script apprentice
Robert Altman .... dialogue supervisor
Walter Blake .... assistant to producer
Robert Gary .... script supervisor
Alex Romero .... choreographer
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Runtime:
134 min | Argentina:135 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound Recording)
Certification:
Argentina:16 | Australia:M | Canada:14+ (Ontario) | Finland:K-16 | France:-12 | Germany:16 (f) | Ireland:12 | Netherlands:18 (orginal rating) | Portugal:M/12 | South Korea:15 | Spain:18 | Sweden:15 | UK:18 (1988 rating) | UK:X (original rating) (cut) | UK:12A (re-rating) (2004) | USA:Unrated

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Trivia:
Bette Davis had been nominated for Best Actress in her film What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962), which also starring Joan Crawford. If Bette had won, it would have set a record number of wins for an actress. According to the book "Bette & Joan - The Divine Feud" by Shaun Considine, the two had a life long mutual hatred, and a jealous Joan Crawford actively campaigned against Bette Davis for winning Best Actress, and even told Anne Bancroft that if Anne won and was unable to accept the Award, Joan would be happy to accept it on her behalf. According to the book - and this may or may not be 100% true, but it makes a good anecdote - on Oscar night, Bette Davis was standing in the wings of the theatre waiting to hear the name of the winner. When it was announced that Anne Bancroft had won Best Actress for The Miracle Worker (1962), Bette Davis felt an icy hand on her shoulder as Joan Crawford said "Excuse me, I have an Oscar to accept".See more »
Goofs:
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): The police report describes Jane's car as a "1940 or 1941 black convertible". It is in fact a 1948 Lincoln Continental convertible.See more »
Quotes:
Jane:I didn't bring your breakfast, because you didn't eat your din-din!See more »
Soundtrack:
I've Written a Letter to DaddySee more »

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10 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
Those Hudson Sisters, 30 April 2010
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

Not that this film isn't good, it's very good in a ghoulish sort of way. But the miracle is that it got made at all. Was director Robert Aldrich really a director here or more of a referee.

In any event Aldrich in directing Whatever Happened To Baby Jane took a pair of screen legends whose well known and public loathing for each other and managed without being killed to fashion a film about a pair of has been performers who live in the same house with their memories, their problems and mutual hatreds.

Bette Davis as Baby Jane Hudson was a child vaudeville performer who like so many child stars was a has been when she became a teen. Not to worry about income because when she became a teen, her younger sister Blanche played by Joan Crawford then became the family breadwinner. But that came to an end when she was crippled in a car crash and it was widely believed that her sister had deliberately used the car as a weapon of jealousy.

So these two with everything and yet nothing in common are bound to the family house and each other. Crawford a prisoner in her wheelchair and Davis a prisoner of her own fantasies as she retreats gradually into her childhood and glory days.

Crawford is seeing how Davis is becoming more and more unhinged and decides to sell the family estate and get Davis into the 1962 equivalent of Happydale. But Davis gets wind of the plan and she makes Crawford a prisoner in her own home and eventually Davis just loses it totally.

The wrap up of shooting must have been a day celebrated by Robert Aldrich on each anniversary the rest of his life. But he got himself a film that's as fascinating as a bloody 20 car pile up on the Interstate. Whatever Happened To Baby Jane got an Oscar for costume design for a black and white film and four other nominations.

One of those nominations was for Best Actress, a then record 10 of them for Bette Davis in the title role. Bette Davis was an actress who could make some mediocre films entertaining when she took the brakes off. Here the role called for the most outrageous kind of overacting and Bette made the most of it. Joan's more subdued role of the victim in this film, good as she was didn't have a chance next to Bette's for recognition. Of course Crawford legendarily took a perverse pleasure in being the honorary acceptor for Anne Bancroft when she won the Oscar for Best Actress for The Miracle Worker in 1962. Truth be told Anne was the Best Actress that year.

Whatever Happened To Baby Jane is such a two woman film that the rest of the cast is just left in the dust. Another miracle occurred when Victor Buono received some recognition with a nomination for Best Supporting Actor as the mother fixated pianist who plays along with Bette Davis when she decides to revive her career. Of course the strange noises and doings in that house eventually creep him out. Buono's scenes are all with Davis and with the scene stealing Marjorie Bennett who's kind of a mirror image of Baby Jane Hudson as Buono's inebriated mother. Just holding his own with these two I'm figuring the Academy figured Buono deserved some recognition.

Bette and Joan, both were destined to be trapped in mediocrity for the most part in roles well beneath their talents. Bette to her credit did escape with such things as an Agatha Christie mystery occasionally and The Whales Of August. But mostly she and Joan did horror flicks because of the impression that Whatever Happened To Baby Jane left on the minds of the movie-going public. Both also got unceremoniously dissed by their daughters in memoirs, Bette not having the decency to die before B.D. Hyman's book came out.

Whatever Happened To Baby Jane as repulsively fascinating as it is is a testament to two screen legends and the stamina of director Robert Aldrich who got them to share the screen.

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