(out of 5)
Times were obviously getting tough for Bette Davis following her coup in All About Eve. One of the best roles she played before Whatever Happened To Baby Jane ten years later was in this forgettable soap opera about (you guessed it!) an ageing star who is having trouble getting work in Hollywood. There’s nothing to recommend it except that Davis gives a fantastic, fully charged, guns loaded performance in the lead: who else can grab an Academy Award statuette and scream out ‘Come on, Oscar! Let’s you and me go get drunk!’ and make it memorable (and kitschy in a memorable way)? Look for a very young Natalie Wood as her daughter.
Directed by Stuart Heisler
Cinematography by Ernest Laszlo
Produced by Bert E. Friedlob
Music by Victor Young
Production Design by Boris Leven
Film Editing by Otto Ludwig