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What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962)
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What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962)

  Movie House Memories Episode #105
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Warner Bros released What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? to theaters on October 31, 1962. Robert Aldrich directed the film which starred Bette Davis, Joan Crawford, and Victor Buono.

‘What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?’ Movie Summary

In 1917, “Baby Jane” Hudson is a vaudevillian child star. Her sister, Blanche, watches her successful sister’s career from the sidelines with a bit of jealousy. However, by 1935, the roles have reversed. Blanche is a successful movie star while Jane’s floundering career forces her to watch her now more successful sister’s career from the sidelines…with even more jealousy.

One night, after a drunken party, Blanch’s car crashes into her home’s gates, and she is paralyzed from the waist down. Jane takes the blame for it when she’s found three days later at a motel.

Fast forward nearly 30 years to 1962, and both starlet’s careers have faded. The two sister live together with Jane taking care of her wheelchair-bound sister. Jane is both an alcoholic and mentally ill, and although she takes care of her sister, she’s extremely cruel to Blanche for taking the spotlight away from her.

When Blanche tells Jane that she’s selling the house, Jane goes completely bat-shit crazy. She begins killing small animals to feed to Blanche, and finally commits an actual murder, when she kills her maid, to keep her sister’s abuse from authorities.

Finally, Jane’s illness reverts her to the childhood she so desperately wants to return to. With Blanche, near death, Jane takes her to the beach. Blanche gives a death-bed confession about what really happened the night of the car crash, and Jane happily leaves to get the two some ice cream.

Consumed by her insanity, Jane then dances on the beach before a crowd of onlookers; thinking they are her adoring fans. Two motorcycle cops, who’ve come to arrest Jane for the murder of her maid, spot Blanche lying motionless on the beach. They run to her aid as the movie ends.

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  • Eddie

    Great podcast. Interesting that 4 films have been reviewed from 1962 so far. Is that the most for any year so far? Will there be any more Bette Davis films in the top 100? all about Eve is certainly worthy. Also, I don’t see a concessions film listed in the schedule for sept on the home page.

    • MHMChris

      I’m a bit surprised about 1962 as well…if you’d ask me, I’d think it would have been 82, 84, or 87.

      IDK if any more will be on movie house memories, but most certainly on the Golden Age.

      And Concessions was supposed to be Donnie Darko this month, but I somehow didn’t save the recording and we didn’t get around to re-recording it! :/

      But we aren’t going to do any new episodes of Concessions and the #2 review for a while. 9 – 10 recordings a month is really burning me out. So, we are going to concentrate on MHM, Sunday Seconds, & LTMR. The Golden Age and #2 Review we will do 1 every few months starting in November I believe

      • Eddie

        I understand, it must be a lot of work to record and edit so many podcasts.

        • MHMChris

          It is, but I may feel different in a year, and be ready to start the shows back up on a more regular basis. We have been doing these since 2011, and cut back before.

          • Eddie

            Are you a fan of Kiss Me Deadly, Chris? One of the more violent noirs of its time. Probably Aldrichs 2nd most famous film after Baby Jane.

          • MHMChris

            Yes, that’s another great one!! I can’t remember now, but I might have seen it before Baby Jane.