Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.
USA, 1962. The Associates & Aldrich Company. Screenplay by Lukas Heller, based on the novel by Henry Farrell. Cinematography by Ernest Haller. Produced by Robert Aldrich. Music by Frank De Vol. Production Design by William Glasgow. Costume Design by Norma Koch. Film Editing by Michael Luciano.
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)