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As What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? opens, Bette and Joan face uncertain prospects, Bob deals with his own difficulties, and Pauline makes a surprising offer.

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Liza Johnson

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Ryan Murphy (created by), Jaffe Cohen (created by) | 3 more credits »
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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Susan Sarandon ... Bette Davis
Jessica Lange ... Joan Crawford
Judy Davis ... Hedda Hopper
Jackie Hoffman ... Mamacita
Alfred Molina ... Robert Aldrich
Stanley Tucci ... Jack Warner
Alison Wright ... Pauline Jameson
Catherine Zeta-Jones ... Olivia de Havilland
Kathy Bates ... Joan Blondell
Molly Price ... Harriet Aldrich
Dominic Burgess ... Victor Buono
Toby Huss ... Frank Sinatra
Ken Lerner ... Marty
Joel Kelley Dauten ... Adam Friedman
Brooke Star ... Cindy Crawford
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The film is in post-production, and Joan and Bette expect that they will be flooded with high profile movie offers, which is not the case. The scuttlebutt within the public via various leaks is that the film will be a flop. Jack, Bob, Joan and Bette react to the news in different ways, Bette's advertisement in Variety which she later states was meant to be a sarcastic response. However, the film is a smash, positive public and critical response only growing from the first preview in Long Beach. Bob feels that the film could be his springboard to the A-list and he refuses to follow Baby Jane with similar material, which is what Jack wants to do if only to build on its momentum. Despite the film's acclaim and acclaim for Bob, Bette and Joan, the latter two still do not get the recognition in the form of high profile acting offers. Joan does get a script from a surprising source, Pauline, who wrote a script specifically with Joan in mind, the movie which she wants to direct herself. ... Written by Huggo

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Biography | Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 March 2017 (USA) See more »

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Trivia

The scene at the William Morris Agency, Lange's outfit and dialogue references an infamous scene from the 1981 Joan Crawford biopic Mommie Dearest, right down to the use of the F-word. See more »

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When Crawford and Mamacita are at the restaurant, Joan mentions that it's like 1937 all over again. Mamacita exclaims, "when Hitler took Austria". That event occurred in March of 1938. See more »

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Joan Crawford: It's just like 1937 all over again.
Mamacita: When Hitler took Austria?
Joan Crawford: No, when they labeled me box-office poison. I couldn't get arrested in this goddamn town.
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References The Jack Paar Tonight Show (1957) See more »

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What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?
(uncredited)
Performed by Susan Sarandon
[Bette sings the song on The Andy Williams Show]
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Let's Be Frank
28 June 2017 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Feud: Bette and Joan (2017)

Episode 4: More, or Less

Episode four kicks off with the film about to be previewed and Davis (Susan Sarandon), Crawford (Jessica Lange) and director Robert Aldrich (Alfred Molina) are expecting the worse. The film actually turns out to be a massive hit but both stars react to the popularity quite differently but before long all three realize that a hit doesn't mean future projects.

This episode is certainly one of the more entertaining as we actually get away from the actual "fued" somewhat and see how all three principle players are affected by the success of the movie. There are some fine re-enactments of the projects Davis was doing at this time as well as some great moments where both actresses have to face the fact that even with a hit they are still old and Hollywood doesn't care too much for that.

Once again the performances are wonderful and the series has done a terrific job at putting you back into time when these events were happening. This episode has some really good drama throughout and ends on a very high note that just builds up your interest for the next episode.

Episode: A-


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