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What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?

What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?

Bette Davis
Director: Robert Aldrich Cast: Bette Davis
Bette Davis
, Joan Crawford
Joan Crawford
, Victor Buono
Victor Buono
Robert Aldrich


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As a child, "Baby Jane" Hudson was the toast of vaudeville. As an adult, however, Baby Jane was overshadowed by her more talented sister Blanche, who became a top movie star. Then, one night in the early 1930s, came The Accident, which crippled Blanche for life and which was blamed on a drunken, jealous Jane. Flash-forward to 1962: Jane (Bette Davis), decked out in garish chalk-white makeup, still lives with the invalid Blanche (Joan Crawford) in their decaying LA mansion. When Jane isn't tormenting the helpless Blanche by serving her dead rats for breakfast, she is plotting and planning her show-biz comeback. Convinced that her days are numbered if she remains in the house with her addlepated sister, Blanche desperately tries to get away, but all avenues of escape are cut off by the deranged Jane. What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? sparked a trend towards casting venerable Hollywood female stars in such grotesque grand guignol melodramas as Lady in a Cage (1964) and Hush ... Hush Sweet Charlotte (1965). In addition to revitalizing the careers of Davis and Crawford, whose real-life mutual animosity came through loud and clear, the film made a star of sorts of 24-year-old character actor Victor Buono, cast as a porcine mama's-boy musical composer. Lukas Heller's screenplay was based on the novel by Henry Farrell.

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Product Details

Release Date: 07/30/2019
UPC: 0883929690350
Original Release: 1962
Rating: NR
Source: Warner Archives
Time: 2:13:00
Sales rank: 6,644

Special Features

Commentary by Charles Busch and John Epperson; Three documentary profiles: ; Bette and Joan: Blind Ambition; All About Bette (hosted by Jodie Foster); Film Profile: Joan Crawford; Behind the scenes with Baby Jane; The Andy Williams Show (1962 Excerpt Featuring Bette Davis); Theatrical trailer; What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? Dan-O-Rama movie mix

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Bette Davis Jane Hudson
Joan Crawford Blanche Hudson
Victor Buono Edwin Flagg
Marjorie Bennett Mrs. Della Flagg
Anna Lee Mrs. Bates
Maide Norman Elvira Stitt
B.D. Merrill Liza Bates
Julie Allred Baby Jane Hudson
Gina Gillespie Blanche (younger)
Dave Willock Ray Hudson
Anne Barton Cora Hudson
William Aldrich Actor
Ernest Anderson Actor
Debbie Burton [singing]
Russ Conway Actor
Maxine Cooper Actor
Michael Fox Actor
Don Ross Actor
James Seay Actor
John Shay Actor
Jon Shepodd Actor
Peter Virgo Actor
Wesley Addy Director
Robert Cornthwaite Dr. Shelby
Bert Freed Producer
Bobs Watson Actor

Technical Credits
Robert Aldrich Director,Producer
Tom Connors Asst. Director
Frank deVol Score Composer
William Glasgow Art Director
Ernest Haller Cinematographer
Lukas Heller Screenwriter
Kenneth Hyman Executive Producer
Norma Koch Costumes/Costume Designer
Michael Luciano Editor
Jack Obringer Makeup
Alex Romero Choreography
George Sawley Set Decoration/Design
Don Steward Special Effects
Monty Westmore Makeup

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