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Whatever Happened to Baby Jane? Movie Review Summary

Actors: Bette Davis, Joan Crawford, Victor Buono

Detailed Plot Synopsis of Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?

After forty years, still one of the best suspense thrillers available.

“Baby Jane” Hudson was a vaudeville child star with all the attention, while older sister Blanche watched from the side. But in adulthood, the lovely Blanche's (Joan Crawford) film career flourished as Jane's (Bette Davis) star faded.

One night, a mysterious auto accident paralyzes Blanche, so Jane, now a drunken hag, must provide total care for her crippled sister.

When a local TV station features a “Blanche Hudson Week,” Jane is reminded of her lifelong envy and hatred toward her sister. Thus begins “Baby Jane's” descent into madness as she goads and plays sadistic tricks on Blanche including a gross-out lunch and locks her in her room with no outside contact.

The psychological torture continues. Gentle but helpless, Blanche resigns herself to her fate by reminding Jane that she couldn't treat her that way if she weren't confined to a wheelchair. “But y'are, Blanche, y'are in that wheelchair,” taunts Jane.

As the childlike Jane, now totally out of touch with reality, takes Blanche to a beach, the details of that long-ago auto accident are revealed just before Jane pirouettes and sings to the gathering crowd she craves so much.
This report prepared by Angry Jim Magin



Find a sense of humor for this Campy Cult Classic. .IT'S NOT FOR YOUNGSTERS. If you choose; sit back, (as far from the screen as possible) thankful for good old black and white; because Davis as Baby Jane...way too white, psycho, and tanked..Whew! (Think I'm kidding? I had to scootch my chair back a couple of times from shear fright)
Blanche Hudson, also once famous actress, supposedly crippled by Jane. Nobody likes Jane. No one has ever really liked Jane. Jane's a bit quirky. Sell the house dad willed to them? Get rid of Jane? (I'm thinking......NOT) Could anything get worse? It will. Blanche simply refuses to "dine" on the family pet and other gutter critters being served up on her platter and because of this, she lies bound, beaten, starving and soon to be dead. (A long story) All because "You didn't eat your din din" hey - check out Victor Buono, excellent and creepy in his first role, as Edwin Flagg. Don't expect happy, this is weird; to say the least.   Off screen; rivalry and hate, but I'm sure glad they did this movie together. Excellent "mouth hanging open" tale.
   
This report prepared by Dorothy Renshaw








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Plot & Themes

Time/era of movie:    -   1960's-1970's Family, struggling with    -   Yes Struggle with:    -   Sister Family, caring for sick?    -   Yes Who is sick?    -   Sister because he/she is    -   physically ill

Main Character

Identity:    -   Female Profession/status:    -   actor Age:    -   40's-50's    -   60's-90's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White American Unusual characteristics:    -   Mentally ill    -   Extremely cynical or arrogant    -   Super sensitive soggy jelly muffin

Setting

United States    -   Yes The US:    -   California Misc setting    -   fancy mansion    -   theater

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   explicit references to torture    -   very explicit references to deaths and torture Any profanity?    -   None

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