Joan arrives onto the set for location shooting in Baton Rouge for what is now titled Hush...Hush, Sweet Charlotte (1964) in relatively good spirits, having top billing for the movie over Bette, having the equally juicy role as a murderess, and feeling like both Bette but more specifically Bob respect her function within the production as all three desperately need another hit following Baby Jane and thus need to rely on each other for the movie to succeed. Joan even reiterates to Mamacita a pledge she made to herself not to drink during this production if only to be at the top of her game. Joan's good feeling slowly deteriorates as she believes, based on their actions on the set, that the majority of the crew, led by Bob and Bette, are all in some inside joke against her, especially as Bette seems always to be on the set even when she has no scenes to film, and is secretly giving Bob advice on the entire production. Joan's good feeling entirely evaporates when she learns the actions ...
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The segment shows Robert Aldrich's long marriage to Harriet crumbling quite suddenly during the filming of "Hush...Hush, Sweet Charlotte". It is true that their divorce was finalized in 1965, a few months after the film's opening, but Aldrich sometimes told interviewers that the marriage had, in fact, fallen apart during the period when, in exile from Hollywood after being fired from "The Garment Jungle", he had lived in Europe and made three films there (1957-60). See more
Joan exits the taxi during her first scene of "Charlotte" (in black-and-white) and the right rear door remains open. After the cut (and shift to color) the door is closed. See more
Oh, you're giving me a hand-up? Because you're the superior talent. Well, I don't want your help. You've always been overrated.
I guess that explains my 11 Oscar nominations.
The Academy doesn't reward you for your talent, for Christ's sake, Bette, they reward you because they see how hard you sweat. They don't see the character, they see the acting.
And they don't see you at all because of all your glamour makeup.
Well, let me give you a tip: The answer to feeling unattractive isn't to make ...
Performed by The Hilversum Orchestra & Ivor Slaney
[The song is played on the newsreel, Cough...Cough, Sweet Charlotte] See more