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What ever happened to Baby Jane? (original 1962; edition 1962)

by Robert Aldrich (Director), Henry Farrell, Bette Davis, Joan Crawford, Victor Buono

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Title:What ever happened to Baby Jane?
Authors:Robert Aldrich
Other authors:Henry Farrell, Bette Davis, Joan Crawford, Victor Buono

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What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? [1962 film] by Robert Aldrich (Director) (1962)



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Best Costume Design, Black-and-White
Norma Koch

Oscar Best Actress in a Leading Role
Bette Davis
Best Actor in a Supporting Role
Victor Buono ( )
  cbarbee641 | Mar 15, 2017 |
A former child star torments her crippled sister.

Very suspenseful. It feels overly long despite that, maybe because you spend so much of the running time feeling unsettled and uncomfortable.

Concept: B
Story: B
Characters: A
Dialog: B
Pacing: C
Cinematography: A
Special effects/design: B
Acting: A
Music: C

Enjoyment: B

GPA: 3.1/4 ( )
  comfypants | Nov 19, 2015 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Aldrich, RobertDirectorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Heller, LukasScreenwritermain authorall editionsconfirmed
Buono, Victorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Crawford, Joansecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Davis, Bettesecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Farrell, HenryOriginal novelsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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A cultish horror favorite, 1962's What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? will make you think twice before hungrily unveiling a covered plate of food. Bette Davis stars as Jane Hudson, a onetime child actress and singer. As an elderly woman, she wishes to revive her vaudevillian career, but she has become a grotesque caricature of her former self. Over the years as her star faded, the star of her older sister Blanche (Joan Crawford) rose, outshining the career of the has-been Baby Jane. Jane was relegated to minor roles, which she only won when Blanche demanded that she be awarded them. The film opens years after a calamitous car accident leaves Blanche in a wheelchair, with no one to care for her except the increasingly insane and sadistic Jane and their servant, Norman. Trying to punish Blanche for her years of success, Jane tortures the housebound woman, slowly trying to starve her to death, all the while attempting to recapture the fame of her youth. This dark drama also stars Victor Buono as the hefty pianist who answers Jane's ad for an accompanist, hoping to milk some money off the demented old woman. Both Buono and Davis were nominated for Oscars for their roles in this suspenseful and somewhat sick thriller that exploited well the real-life antagonism between Davis and Crawford, while at the same time rejuvenated both their careers. --Jenny Brown

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An aging ex-vaudeville child star initiates a psychotic reign of terror over her crippled sister, a former movie-queen of the 1930's.

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