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What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962)

Not Rated | | Drama, Horror, Thriller | 1963 (Peru)
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A former child star torments her paraplegic sister in their decaying Hollywood mansion.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Baby Jane Hudson
... Blanche Hudson
... Edwin Flagg
... Marty Mc Donald
Julie Allred ... Baby Jane Hudson, in 1917
Anne Barton ... Cora Hudson (as Ann Barton)
... Dehlia Flagg
... Ben Golden
... Mrs. Bates
... Elvira Stitt
... Ray Hudson
William Aldrich ... Lunch Counter Assistant at Beach
... Police Officer
... Bank Teller
... Dr. Shelby
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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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Drama | Horror | Thriller

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Also Known As:

¿Qué pasó con Baby Jane?  »

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Budget:

$980,000 (estimated)

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$9,000,000, 31 December 1963
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(Glen Glenn Sound Recording)

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1.85 : 1
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Peter Lawford was originally set to play the part of Edwin Flagg, but two days after accepting the part he withdrew due to family concerns. Lawford felt the character might reflect badly on his real-life role as brother-in-law of the current President, John F. Kennedy. Victor Buono was then cast as Edwin. Bette Davis originally objected to Buono's casting but eventually came around. See more »

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Both scenes where we see Jane carrying a body in the wheelchair through the kitchen side door (once the maid, then her sister), have obviously been shot at a very short interval : we see two mops on the staircase rail exactly at the same place. In both scenes, on the first shot when she goes down the few steps, the mops are next to each other, then seconds later when seen from inside the car, the mops are separated by a few inches. See more »

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Toy Salesman: Want to see it again little girl? It shouldn't frighten you.
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Referenced in Chappaqua (1966) See more »

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Old Folks at Home
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Music by Stephen Foster
Played by band in the 1917 prologue
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A compelling movie; Davis and Crawford tear each other apart
21 June 2006 | by 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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