What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?


Drama / Horror / Thriller

Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 91%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 92%
IMDb Rating 8.1 10 44


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Anna Lee as Titanic Passenger in Lifeboat
Bette Davis as Patricia Berkeley
Joan Crawford as Monica Rivers
Victor Buono as Guard
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by bsmith5552 9 / 10 / 10

Excellent Comeback for Both Stars!

It is well documented the Bette Davis and Joan Crawford, to put it mildly, didn't like each other very much. But to their credit, they saw the advantage of teaming up in a bizarre horror film that would revive their ebbing careers. That film was "Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?" In 1917 Baby Jane Hudson is a big star in vaudeville with her father. Her sister Blanche is envious of her success and vows to be more famous some day. Fast forward to 1935 and Blanche has turned into Joan Crawford and Baby Jane, Bette Davis. Blanche has become a successful movie star while Jane's career has floundered. A tragic accident causes Blanche to become paralyzed and Jane to become her full time caregiver. The rivalry between the two carries on. Both are immersed in their past successes however, Jane has begun to lose it. She continually harasses Blanche to the point of serving up bizarre meals to force Blanche to stop eating. Blanche is prevented in calling for help by the ever increasingly paranoid Jane. Housemaid Elvira Stitt (Maidie Norman), sympathetic to Blanche becomes suspicious of Jane's actions. Jane meanwhile is dreaming of a comeback and hires Victor Flagg (Victor Buono) to accompany her and help manage her career. Blanche in the meantime has made it to the phone and calls for help but Jane walks in and catches her. Jane then ties Blanche up and imprisons her in her room. Elvira, sensing trouble forces Jane to open the door to reveal the pathetic Blanche bound up to her bed. This forces Jane to take action and......................................... Davis and Crawford had been rivals since their salad days in the 1930s, when both were major stars. Both were immensely talented but just couldn't get along. Now as both were well into their 50s, they were smart enough to see the value of teaming up for the first time in their long careers. Unfortunately this was the one and only time they did so. Plans to re-team them for "Hush, Hush Sweet Charlotte) (1964) fell through. Both finished their careers in TV and in "crazy old broad" type pictures. Davis' "The Whales of August" (1987) was an exception. Also in the rather large cast were Marjorie Bennett excellent as Buono's mother Dehlia, John Ford favorite Anna Lee as the next door neighbor Mrs. Bates and Davis' daughter B.D. Merrill as Liza Bates. Too bad she didn't inherit her mother's considerable talent. By God they still had it. Too bad that this was their only collaboration.

Reviewed by Benedict02 9 / 10 / 10

Genre Perfection

Wow! "Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?" perfectly blends horror and thriller together in this beautiful black and white film. Bette Davis and Joan Crawford are so good at playing their characters; due to their real life hatred of one another, the hatred for the two is also seen on screen which works beautifully with the films plot. Robert Aldrich most known for directing "The Dirty Dozen" (1967), had struck gold with this film first, despite having to endure the constant Feud of Bette and Joan; it certainly couldn't have been easy. Bette Davis-having done her own make-up and wearing one of the wigs Crawford had used on a film before-looked the part perfectly, of an ageing adult with a child's mind. The twist of the film's ending is magnificent, you spend the entire movie feeling sympathetic for Blanche Hudson (Joan Crawford) and hating the evil sister Baby Jane Hudson (Bette Davis). The twist at the films climax turns the tables and leaves you feeling sympathetic for Baby Jane,as you as a viewer realise what happened to Baby Jane.

Reviewed by Antonius Block 9 / 10 / 10

Outstanding performance from Bette Davis, and a seriously creepy movie

Seriously creepy. Bette Davis is extraordinary, and really put herself out there for this film, garish make-up and all. She plays an aging, former childhood star who lives with her sister, played by Joan Crawford, who eclipsed her as they got older to become a star herself back in the 1930's. Three decades later, Davis is still living in the past, craving attention, and dominating Crawford, who is in a wheelchair. Early on, the film includes pictures and brief movie clips from Davis and Crawford when they were younger ('Ex-Lady', and 'Sadie McKee') which is nice. I don't want to give away any of the plot, but will just say there are lots of tingly moments, and director Robert Aldrich did a great job gradually building these to a crescendo. The film is special because of Davis's performance, and because of its extra dimensions. There is of course the horror of being helpless while in an unbalanced person's care, and Crawford turns in a strong performance as well. There is also the horror of becoming irrelevant, of being deluded in holding on to a dream that has long since passed, which has a pathos to it. The 'stories within the story' - Davis and Crawford's real-life antipathy for one another, and their own fading glory - make the movie even more fascinating. Victor Buono is excellent as the pianist who responds to Davis's classified ad, which is her pathetic attempt to revive her act. He's a tragic figure himself, struggling to find work and living with his nagging mother (Marjorie Bennett). There are a few moments which strain credibility, and whether you call them plot holes or not, you may find yourself yelling instructions or warnings out to the screen (perhaps true of many a horror movie). It's on the long side but it flies by, and never feels long. Great movie.

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