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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Overview

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.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/09/2012
UPC: 0883929255481
Original Release: 1962
Rating: NR
Source: Warner Home Video
Region Code: 1
Time: 2:13:00
Sales rank: 5,096

Special Features

Closed Caption; ; Commentary by Charles Busch and John Epperson; Three Documentary Profiles: Bette and Joan: Blind Ambition ; All About Bette (Hosted by Jodie Foster) and Film Profile: Joan Crawford; Behind the scenes with Baby Jane; The Andy Williams Show (1962) excerpt featuring Bette Davis)

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

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?
1. 1917: Vaudeville Star [6:38]
2. 1935: Movie Washout [4:12]
3. The Accident (Credits) [2:57]
4. Mrs. Bates' Memories [3:32]
5. The Hudsons At Home [2:17]
6. Mrs. Bates Brings Flowers [4:04]
7. Fan Mail. "The Bird Got Out" [5:01]
8. Calling Johnson's [4:04]
9. Old Song Revisted [3:53]
10. Lunch Is Served [4:04]
11. Long-Shot Letter [8:09]
12. "Y'Aren't Ever Gonna Leave It" [4:27]
13. Edwin Flagg [5:23]
14. Back Where We Started [2:05]
15. Elvira Gets A Day Off [2:25]
16. Rats In The Cellar [:02]
17. Two For Tea [2:35]
18. A Friend Blanche Won't Meet [6:24]
19. I've Written A Letter To Daddy [1:36]
20. It's A Deal [3:03]
21. Discovering Jane's Treachery [4:22]
22. Many Stairs, Once Call [2:22]
23. Lashing Out At Blanche [4:40]
24. Lashing Out At Elvira [2:34]
25. Elvira Returns; Death Blow [1:37]
26. Scrapbook; Keeping Edwin Out [6:48]
27. Ride In The Night [3:32]
28. The Hudsons' Sad Story [4:23]
29. What Am I Going To Do? [1:34]
30. Police Escort For Edwin [5:06]
31. A Baby Jane Doll [1:15]
32. Trip To The Beach [5:50]
33. Daylight; Talk Of Murder [2:23]
34. We Could've Been Friends? [2:53]
35. Drawing A Crowd [3:53]
Disc #2 -- What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?
1. Introduction [5:19]
2. Getting Started In Movies [4:12]
3. Bloopers [1:18]
4. Of Human Bondage, Dangerous [2:04]
5. Rebellion And Return [2:03]
6. The William Wyler Films [4:59]
7. Co-Stars And Other Affairs [4:01]
8. Scary And Strong [3:54]
9. Smoking [2:01]
10. War And Romantic Efforts [3:10]
11. Goodbye, Warner Bros [3:17]
12. All About Eve And Family [3:41]
13. Latter-Day Roles And Laurels [3:26]
14. The Hard Way; Bette Davis Eyes [3:34]
15. End Credits [1:01]

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