What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962)

USA, 1962
133m, 11,977 feet
35mm film, black and white
mono, English

An American horror film directed by Robert Aldrich.

Plot Summary

A former child star and her bitter sister live in a highly toxic and destructive relationship.

Credits

* = uncredited

Crew
Directed by: Robert Aldrich
© 1962 The Associates & Aldrich Company, Inc.
Seven Arts Productions presents an Associates and Aldrich production. Released thru Warner Bros.
Executive Producer: Kenneth Hyman
Produced by: Robert Aldrich
Screenplay by: Lukas Heller
Based on the Novel by: Henry Farrell
Photographed by: Ernest Haller
Film Editor: Michael Luciano
Music by: De Vol
Sound: Jack Solomon
Wardrobe Designer: Norma Koch
Make-up: Jack Obringer *, Monte Westmore *
Hairstyles: Florence Guernsey *, Peggy Shannon *
Special Effects: Donald Steward *
Art Director: William Glasgow
Casting Supervisor: Jack Murton

Cast
Bette Davis [Jane Hudson]
Joan Crawford [Blanche Hudson]
Victor Buono [Edwin Flagg]
Wesley Addy [Marty McDonald]
Julie Allred [Baby Jane]
Ann Barton [Cora Hudson]
Marjorie Bennett [Mrs Flagg]
Bert Freed [Ben Golden]
Anna Lee [Mrs Bates]
Maidie Norman [Elvira Stitt]
Dave Willock [Ray Hudson]
William Aldrich [lunch counter assistant at beach]
Ernest Anderson [Ernie]
Russ Conway [police officer]
Robert Cornthwaite [Dr Shelby]
Michael Fox [man in television commercial]
Gina Gillespie [young Blanche]
B.D. Merrill [Liza Bates]
Don Ross, James Seay, John Shay, Jon Sheppod, Peter Virgo [police officers]
Bobs Watson [newspaper clerk]
The singing voice of Debbie Burton

Alternative Titles

Ti apegine i Baby Jane? – Greece
Ce s-a întâmplat cu Baby Jane – Romania
Che bar sare Baby Jane amad? – Iran
Che fine ha fatto Baby Jane? – Italy
Co się zdarzyło Baby Jane? – Poland
Dieu Gi Da Xay Ra Voi Baby Jane? – Vietnam
Hva hendte med Baby Jane
– Norway (alternative)
Hva hendte med Baby Jane?
– Norway
Hvad blev der egentlig af Baby Jane?
– Denmark
Kas nutiko Džeinei?
– Lithuania
Küçük Bebeğe Ne Oldu?
– Turkey
Mi történt Baby Jane-nel?
– Hungary
Mitä tapahtui Baby Janelle
– Finland (television)
Mitä tapahtui Baby Janelle?
– Finland (television)
Mitä tapahtuikaan Baby Janelle?
– Finland
Nani ga Jên ni Okottaka?
– Japan
O que Aconteceu com Baby Jane?
– Brazil (alternative)
¿Qué fue de Baby Jane?
– Spain
¿Qué pasó con Baby Jane?
– Argentina, Mexico, Peru, Uruguay, Venezuela
O que Terá Acontecido a Baby Jane?
– Brazil
Que Teria Acontecido a Baby Jane?
– Portugal
Qu’est-il arrivé à Baby Jane?
– Belgium (France), Canada (France), France
Vad hände med Baby Jane?
– Finland (Swedish), Sweden
Was geschah wirklich mit Baby Jane?
– Germany
Wat is er toch van Baby Jane terecht gekomen?
– Belgium (Flemish)
Wat is er toch van Baby Jane terechtgekomen?
– Netherlands
Τι απέγινε η Μπέιμπι Τζέιν
– Greece
Какво се случи с Бейби Джейн?
– Bulgaria
Что случилось с Бэби Джейн?
– Russia
Шта се догодило са Беби Џејн?
– Serbia
Що сталося з Бейбі Джейн?
– Ukraine
何がジェーンに起ったか?
– Japan
兰闺惊变
– Chinese (Mandarin)
姊妹情仇
– Taiwan

Remakes
Fahr zur Hölle, Schwester! (2002)
What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1991)

Extracts included in
100 Years of Horror: Girl Ghouls (1996)
59th Annual Academy Awards (1987)
AFI’s 100 Years… 100 Heroes & Villains (2003)
AFI’s 100 Years… 100 Thrills: America’s Most Heart-Pounding Movies (2001)
Bette Davis: Größer als das Leben (2017)
The American Film Institute Salute to Bette Davis (1977)
House of Wax (2005)
Joan Crawford: The Ultimate Movie Star (2002)
Nightmares in Red, White and Blue: The Evolution of the American Horror Film (2009)
Precious Images (1986)
Stardust: The Bette Davis Story (2006)
Terror in the Aisles (1984)

References

Periodicals

  • Amateur Cine World vol.6 no.1 (4 July 1963) p.26
  • Cinématographe no.113 (September 1985) p.62
  • Classic Images no.279 (September 1998) p.41 – video review (Video tape reviews by Robert Klepper)
  • The Daily Cinema no.8728 (22 February 1963) p.10
  • Empire no.109 (July 1998) p.119 – video review (Video to buy by Giala Murray)
  • Empire no.136 (October 2000) p.130 – video review (Video to buy by David Parkinson)
  • Empire no.207 (September 2006) p.157 – DVD review (At Home/Reissues on DVD: Sister act by Kim Newman)
  • Empire no.228 (June 2008) pp.133-139 – illustrated article (The catfight of the century by Helen O’Hara)
  • The Film Daily vol.121 no.82 26 October 1962) p.7
  • Film Review no.661 (September 2005) p.121 – DVD review (Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?: Special Edition by Nikki Baughan)
  • Film Review Special no.55 (Yearbook 2005) p.181 – DVD review (What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? by Nikki Baughan)
  • Filme vol.5 no.60 (March 1964) p.22
  • Films and Filming vol.9 no.7 (April 1963) p.28
  • Films in Review vol.13 no.10 (December 1962) p.622
  • Kine Weekly no.2890 (21 February 1963) p.9
  • The Listener vol.122 no.3136 (19 October 1989) p.40
  • Monthly Film Bulletin vol.30 no.353 (June 1963) p.81
  • Motion Picture Herald vol.228 no.10 (14 November 1962) p.689
  • Movie no.8 (April 1963) pp.6-7 – review (Whatever Happened to Baby Jane? by Andrew Sarris
  • Premiere vol.3 no.3 (November 1989) pp.66-72 – article (by Shaun Considine)
  • Sight & Sound vol.16 no.11 (November 2006) p.93 – DVD review (What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? by Matthew Leyland)
  • Sight & Sound vol.32 no.3 (Summer 1963) p.118 – interview with Bette Davis (Meeting Baby Jane by Peter John Dyer).
  • Variety 31 October 1962

Books

  • Movies of the 60s by Jürgen Müller pp.118-125 – illustrated review (by NM [Nils Meyer])
  • Reference Guide to Fantastic Films by Walt Lee) p.534

Other sources

  • BFI Southbank Guide August 2021 p.22 – illustrated listing