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What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? -- Bette Davis and Joan Crawford star in a tense drama between two sisters, one a former child star and the other a crippledex-silent star, who are bound together in hate and fear.
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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 »
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Tagline:
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 »
Plot:
A former child star torments her paraplegic sister in their decaying Hollywood mansion. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
Won Oscar. Another 2 wins & 10 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Sibling Jealousy, Rivalry, Malevolence and Insanity See more (185 total) »

Cast

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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
 
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)
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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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 | 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) | West Germany:16

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Trivia:
Goofs:
Plot holes: Jane's newspaper ad only gives the phone number. When she makes the appointment with Edwin she never mentions an address but he shows up anyway.See more »
Quotes:
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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Soundtrack:
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13 out of 17 people found the following review useful.
Sibling Jealousy, Rivalry, Malevolence and Insanity, 2 July 2013
Author: Claudio Carvalho from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

In 1917, Baby Jane is a famous, but spoiled child star that performs a show with her father under the jealous look of her sister Blanche. In 1935, Blanche Hudson (Joan Crawford) becomes a famous and glamorous actress in Hollywood and the untalented Baby Jane Hudson (Bette Davis) only acts because Blanche forces the producers to give parts to her. One night, they go to a party and there is a car accident.

In 1962, Blanche is a crippled woman that has been left wheelchair-bound after the accident that lives with her alcoholic sister Baby Jane in a decaying Hollywood mansion. Baby Jane does not recall the accident since she was drunk and is in absolute control over Blanche that is completely isolated without any contact with the outside world and dumping her correspondence in the trash. As Baby Jane becomes more insane, she decides to return to the stage and hires the idle Edwin Flagg (Victor Buono) to play piano. Meanwhile she continues to torment Blanche and her cruelty increases.

"What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?" is one of the greatest American movies ever, with top-notch performances of Bette Davis and Joan Crawford. The disturbing story of sibling jealousy, rivalry, malevolence and insanity has a surprising plot point in the end that really surprises. I believe the three lead characters – Baby Jane, Blanche and Edwin Flagg – are a field day for psychologists. My vote is ten.

Title (Brazil): "O Que Terá Acontecido com Baby Jane?" ("What Might Have Happened to Baby Jane?")

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