1964. Life post successful "Baby Jane" is not as either Bob, Joan or Bette would have liked or imagined. Agreeing to direct 4 for Texas (1963) to irk Jack and prove him wrong, Bob is now banned from the studio for the movie being a disaster. Joan is now reluctantly on a gimmicky promotional tour for her latest movie, Strait-Jacket (1964), a shlockfest which she agreed to do only because she got no other offers and needs to pay bills. Despite the movie doing decent box office, she realizes the people coming to see the movie are there to see ax murders on screen and not her specifically. And Bette has been relegated to doing television again. Jack is irked, but it's because other studios are cashing in on what he likes to think he created with Baby Jane and which he also likes to think he coined "hagsploitation" films: seeing great actresses in the twilight of their careers in roles where they are placed in mortal danger. He does end up meeting with Bob to try and convince him to reteam...
Did You Know?
At the table reading for "Hush, Hush Sweet Charlotte", Bette Davis (Sarandon) mentions how Shakespeare had a play in which a mother ate a meat pie made from her sons. This play is "Titus Andronicus". Jessica Lange played that character in the movie version "Titus". See more
Discussing "Hush...Hush, Sweet Charlotte" with Jack Warner some time before he starts work on the film, Robert Aldrich describes the Warner Brothers film of "My Fair Lady" as the company's biggest box-office hit in years. This scene cannot be set later than the Spring of 1964, when "My Fair Lady" was actually still in process of being made. In fact, it opened in the US the day after "Sweet Charlotte", in December of 1964. See more
The Great Pretender
Written by Buck Ram
Performed by The Platters
[The song is playing when Jack and Bob meet in Jack's office] See more