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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:
But ya are Blanche! See more (168 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)
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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:
Exterior shots of the Hudson house were filmed at 172 S. McCadden Pl. in Los Angeles. Right next door at 180 S. McCadden Pl. is the house Judy Garland lived in during production of The Wizard of Oz (1939).See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: After Jane kicks Blanche, Blanche falls and Jane walks around her to kick her again, but when she kicks her again, she is in the same position that she was when she first kicked her, obviously as she kicks her from the right side of the screen (she would be on the left side of the screen if she walked around her).See more »
Quotes:
Jane:You mean all this time we could have been friends?See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Finding North (1998)See more »
Soundtrack:
Old Folks at HomeSee more »

FAQ

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59 out of 99 people found the following review useful.
But ya are Blanche!, 23 October 1999
Author: MickeyTo from Toronto, Canada

I recently viewed this film with a friend who had never seen it before. Much to my surprise, we had to turn it off early because this friend actually found Whatever Happened to Baby Jane? boring.

I'll admit that Whatever Happened to Baby Jane? is a dated piece of work. By today's standards, there is no shock value. The actresses are not well known by the younger crowds out there. There is a lot of dialogue and very little action. It simply doesn't fit in with today's expectations of horror and suspense. So why does it hold up as a great film, at least by my standards and by the standards of so many others?

To truly appreciate this film, it would be necessary to understand the background. What actually contributed to the making of this film is what I find truly fascinating.

The story itself is about two elderly sisters. One, Baby Jane, (played by Bette Davis) was a child star in the early part of the century. She was hugely popular on the vaudeville circuit. Backstage she was a spoiled brat. Later on in life the other sister, Blanche (played by Joan Crawford) became a popular Hollywood movie star, overshadowing her now 'has-been' sister. A supposed car accident leaves Blanche crippled during the height of her popularity and a crazed Jane is left to care for her.

In their later life Blanche is confined to her bedroom and Jane, still donning the make up and curls from her childhood runs the house. Jane still believes she can resurect her career, but is tormented by her sisters continued popularity as her films are rerun on television.

There are some fabulous lines throughout the movie that have become legendary. Blanche says, "You couldn't do this to me if I wasn't in this wheel chair.' Jane quips "But ya are Blanche, but ya are."

Davis plays Jane to the hilt, looking hysterically eerie as she tortures Crawford's stoic Blanche. My kid sister saw this film after seeing Mommie Dearest and aptly stated that this was just dessert for a woman who beat her children so badly. I think my sister was most impressed when Davis kicks Joan in the stomach. "Take that Mommie Dearest!"

Back to my original point, I believe that in order to truly appreciate this story, one must appreciate the behind-the-scenes legend that truly is the essence of this film. Davis and Crawford were, and are, two of the most formidable actresses in Hollywood. Between them there are hundreds of films, three Oscars, and countless tidbits of gossip. Both had to claw and chew their way to the top, and had to fight harder to stay there. They both had stormy relationships, and bitter feuds with studio bosses and directors. And both have a legion of fans that have survived long after they did. And of course, lets not forget the fact that they may have despised each other.

There is a fantastic book called Bette and Joan (I can't recall the author's name) that I recommend any novice viewer read prior to viewing this film. In it, the lives of these two remarkable women are described in gossipy detail. A lot of time is spent detailing the making of this film. At the time Joan was pushing her husbands company, Pepsi. It was rumored, perhaps by Bette that her Pepsi bottles were half filled with vodka. Bette also complains vehemently about the size of Joan's fake cleavage, and how they got in the way of some of those scenes. It's even suggested that some of those beatings that Joan took from Bette were real.

With all of this background, one might soon appreciate, as I did, the importance of this film in documenting the lives of these two prominent women. I don't think we'll ever come so close to true Hollywood Babylon as we will with this brilliant work.

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