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What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? -- Bette Davis and Joan Crawford star in a tense psychological drama between two sisters, one a former child star and the other a crippled ex-silent star...
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Henry Farrell (from the novel by)
Lukas Heller (screenplay)
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Release Date:
31 October 1962 (USA) See more »
Sister, sister, oh so fair, why is there blood all over your hair? See more »
A former child star torments her crippled sister in a decaying Hollywood mansion. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Won Oscar. Another 2 wins & 10 nominations See more »
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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:
Murray Alper ... Projectionist (uncredited)
Ernest Anderson ... Ernie, Ice Cream Vendor at Beach (uncredited)
Steve Condit ... Boy in Audience (uncredited)
Norman Papson ... Beach Boy (uncredited)
Mike Ragan ... Police Officer (uncredited)
Sammy Shack ... Theatre Patron (uncredited)
Michael St. Angel ... Bank Manager (uncredited)
Jack Tornek ... Man Buying Newspaper (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
Bette Davis .... makeup: Miss Davis (uncredited)
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
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)
Phil Stern .... 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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134 min | Argentina:135 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound Recording)
Argentina:16 | Australia:M | Canada:14+ (Ontario) | Finland:K-16 | France:-12 | Germany:16 (f) | Ireland:12 | Ireland:15PG (theatrical re-release) (2004) | 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:Not Rated (DVD rating) | USA:TV-PG (TV rating) | USA:Approved (certificate #20355)

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Baby Jane picks up her altered costumes from "Western Costumes" which is, in reality, one of the largest costume houses in Hollywood.See more »
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): Daddy Hudson announces that Baby Jane dolls can be purchased after the show and guarantees them to be exact duplicates of Baby Jane Hudson. The dolls in the foyer do not look like Baby Jane and are not identical to each other.See more »
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 me! You don't think I remember that, do you?
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References Kiss Me Deadly (1955)See more »
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28 out of 37 people found the following review useful.
Impressive Thriller, 10 October 2006
Author: ragosaal from Argentina

"What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?" is a most unusual and impressive thriller. Director Robert Aldrich achieves a fantastic sordid and dark atmosphere at the Huadson sisters mansion -where most of the action takes place- with an unusual black and white shooting for the early 60's. An interesting story, a well delivered screenplay and an accurate musical score also rise the film high.

But the main credit of the picture is casting together to real big names in Hollywood's history, not at their peak then but always reliable and attractive to see. Bette Davis (Jane) takes the most interesting character as the former child star that couldn't make it as an adult in show business so she has gone insane and keeps behaving as the spoiled child he was. She looks grotesque and ridiculous in her child outfits, hairdo and heavy make up. Davis is outstanding in her role and looks really mean when she tortures both mentally and physically her sister Blanche, delicate and reasonable. Joan Crawford plays Blanche and very well too, a former big star whose career ended after a strange car accident that put her on a wheel chair for life.

In the end things are not completely as they seem but the final twist is not what makes this film an extremely good one; it's the strange relationship between the sisters, that requires of that final twist to understand Blanche's tolerant conduct towards her sister.

The movie is perhaps a little too long and it would probably have been even better with a 10 minutes cut. But no doubt this is a top product in its genre and a great movie indeed.

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