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Bette Davis relives the glory of her childhood stardom as Baby Jane Hudson.
Bette Davis relives the glory of her childhood stardom as Baby Jane Hudson.

Thumbnail for What Ever Happened to Baby Jane (1962) What Ever Happened to Baby Jane (1962)

Basics Critics:74Viewers:76Rusty:78
Category: Drama, Horror, Mystery/Noir/ThrillerNotable as: Psychological thrillerSub-Category: Horror, Thriller, Psychological thriller, DramaMain subject: filmmakingNarrative location: California, Los AngelesRuntime: 132 - 135 minutesColor: black-and-white filmLanguage: EnglishCountry: United StatesFilming location: MalibuDirector: Robert AldrichScreenwriter: Lukas Heller, Henry FarrellBased on: What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?Music: Frank De VolCinematography: Ernest HallerStars: Bette Davis, Victor Buono, Joan Crawford, Anna Lee, Bert Freed, Marjorie Bennett, Dave Willock, Maxine Cooper, Julie Allred, Wesley Addy Producer: Robert AldrichStudio: Seven Arts ProductionsAwards won: Academy Award for Best Costume Design, Black-and-WhiteAward nominations: Academy Award for Best Actress (Bette Davis)
Academy Award for Best Cinematography, Black-and-White (Ernest Haller)
Academy Award for Best Sound Mixing
Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor (Victor Buono)
Award details: (details at IMDb)

What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? is a 1962 American psychological thriller film produced and directed by Robert Aldrich, starring Bette Davis and Joan Crawford. The screenplay by Lukas Heller is based on the 1960 novel of the same name by Henry Farrell. Upon the film's release, it was met with widespread critical and box office acclaim, and was later nominated for five Academy Awards, winning one for Best Costume Design, Black and White. The notoriously bitter Hollywood rivalry between the film's two stars was heavily important to the film's immense popularity at the time. This in part led to the revitalization of the then-waning careers of former Hollywood acting legends, Bette Davis and Joan Crawford. In the years after the film's release, critics continued to acclaim the film for its psychologically driven black comedy, camp, and creation of the Hag horror sub genre. Because of the film's then unheard of and controversial plot, and the appeal of the film's stars, it has become a cult film, and continues to play as a Midnight movie. In 2003, the character of Baby Jane Hudson was ranked #44 on the American Film Institute's list of the 50 Best Villains of American Cinema.

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