What Ever Happened To Baby Jane? (1962)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB

USA, 1962The Associates & Aldrich Company.  Screenplay by , based on the novel by .  Cinematography by .  Produced by Robert Aldrich.  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  

Bette Davis and Joan Crawford, famous for an off-screen rivalry, get terrific onscreen mileage for playing two sisters who were once child stars, one an invalid following a car accident (Crawford), and one a lunatic (Davis) who is intent on getting her sister back for the career she thinks she stole from her. The things these ladies do to each other will make your head spin; marvelously creepy, it was followed by more films in the macabre vein that also starred Davis, including Hush…Hush, Sweet Charlotte and The Nanny. The truly scary thing is that Davis and Crawford were the same age when they made this movie as Susan Sarandon and Goldie Hawn were when they filmed The Banger Sisters.

Academy Award:  Best Costume Design-BW
Nominations: Best Actress (Bette Davis); Best Supporting Actor (Victor Buono); Best Cinematography-BW; Best Sound

Cannes Film Festival:  In Competition

Golden Globe Award Nominations:  Best Actress-Drama (Bette Davis); Best Supporting Actor (Victor Buono)

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