What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?

Synopsis: In a tale that almost redefines sibling rivalry, faded actresses Blanche and 'Baby' Jane Hudson live together. Jane was by far the most famous when she performed with their father in vaudeville but as they got older, it was Blanche who became the finer actress, which Jane still resents. Blanche is now confined to a wheelchair and Jane is firmly in control. As time goes by, Jane exercises greater and greater control over her sister, intercepting her letters and ensuring that few if anyone from the outside has any contact with her. As Jane slowly loses her mind, she torments her sister going to ever greater extremes.
Director(s): Robert Aldrich
Production: Warner Bros. Pictures
  Won 1 Oscar. Another 1 win & 11 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
134 min

Want to see it again, little girl?

It shouldn't frighten you.

Sorry. Nothing until matinee tomorrow.

- Lady, would you mind taking off your hat?

- Excuse me.

Attagirl, Janey. Show them how.

Thank you, folks. Thank you very much.

One final request, all right?

I've Written a Letter to Daddy.

All right, thank you.

I've Written a Letter to Daddy.

I've written a letter to Daddy

His address is heaven above

I've written, "Dear Daddy, we miss you

"And wish you were with us to love!"

Instead of a stamp I put kisses

The postman says that's best to do

I've written this letter to Daddy

Saying, "I love you"

I've written a letter to Daddy

Saying, "I love you"

Thank you very much.

Well, what do we have here?

All for you.

Jane, isn't that a beautiful doll?

Thank you, young man,

that's a gorgeous doll.

Folks, have you ever seen

such a lovely doll?

All right, children, thank you.

Now, folks, please don't forget,

there's a genuine Baby Jane doll...

waiting for each one of you

right out in the foyer.

All you have to do is go out there

and collect her. Kids, remember...

you can tell your moms

that each and every one of...

these genuine, beautiful, great big dolls...

is an exact replica

of your own Baby Jane Hudson.

Thank you.

Baby Jane dolls. Only $3.25.

There they are.

Very beautiful, natural hair.

I won't! I don't wanna go back

to that old hotel!

I don't have to take a nap

and you can't make me!

Don't act up, sweetheart. You've got

to take your nap. You know that.

No, I don't know, and I'm not going to!

You don't want all these nice friends

of yours out here...

to think you're a bad little girl, do you?

I don't care. I want an ice cream.

- Janey, I told you...

- I want it!

I make the money,

so I can have what I want!

Janey, that's enough.

Leave me alone. I need an ice cream!

Well, if you need an ice cream,

I guess you better have some.

I mean, it's pretty hot and all.

But, remember,

this is the last time this week.

All right, Daddy. Blanche wants some, too.

We gotta have some ice cream

for Blanche.

I don't want anything.

What do you think you're trying to do?

I always say it's the parents' fault

in cases like this.

I'm really disappointed.

It sure is a hot day today.

You're the lucky one though, Blanche,

really you are.

Someday it's going to be you

that's getting all the attention.

And when that happens, I...

I want you to try to be kinder

to Jane and your father...

than they are to you now.

Do you know what I mean?

I hope you'll try and remember that.

I won't forget.

You bet I won't forget.

The Seltzer Agency sent you?

- Think there's any chance for me?

- That depends if Mr. Weber likes you.

What type does he like?

A lot of personality.

I'll catch on, watch me.

Boy, oh, boy!

With my money

I should make a picture like that, huh?

Good morning, Mr. Weber. I'm Miss Brent.

Yes. Won't you come

a little closer, please?

She's got a Southern accent

like I got a Southern accent.

I know it's 11:

I'll be there when I get there.

- Yes, what is it?

- Mr. Gardner is here to see you.


I'll come out.

I'll be right back, Miss Brent.

Help yourself to cigarettes.

- Make yourself at home.

- Then the job is mine?

Need you ask?

Kill it.

What do you think, Ben?

What's thinking got to do with it, huh?

She stinks, doesn't she?

They say the end's pretty good.

Maybe we should've seen it through.


You gonna want that picture

again today, Mr. Golden?

I don't think anybody's ever gonna

want that picture again.

When the old man hired

them Hudson sisters...

how come he had to hire

the back end of the act, too?

Boy, what a no-talent broad

that Baby Jane is.

Why can't she stay sober?

Jane's got her pride.

She's a very sensitive girl.

Your very sensitive girl guzzled her way

through six cases of Scotch...

and slugged two studio cops.

Not to mention one or two other

less savory items of publicity...

before we got

that so-called epic in the can.

Anyway, you don't have to talk to Jane.

If Blanche'd only let us out of

that clause in the contract...

which says we have to make

a picture with Jane...

for every picture

that we make with Blanche...

then Baby Jane's contract

won't be any problem.

- You see, that's what we pay lawyers for.

- Possibly.

But somehow,

I can't see Blanche doing that.

You know, I don't get it.

Blanche Hudson's the biggest thing

in movies today.

She can write her own ticket.

She's got script approval.

She's got more money than she knows

what to do with...

You know, she just bought that

tremendous place Valentino used to have.

It's gonna take her a year to fix it up

the way she wants it before they move in.

Well, I guess they can manage

to struggle on where they are now.

My point is she ought to have

sense enough to know that...

she can't make a star

out of Baby Jane again.

Blanche doesn't have

any illusions like that.

But she's a very fine person, Ben.

She's never gonna forget

those early years...

what her sister did for her.

She told me that herself.

Well, I tell you,

she's not doing Baby Jane any favor.

Someday, sooner or later,

that girl's gonna end up in a home.

You're going to their party

at the Grove tonight, aren't you?

Did you ever try refusing

one of Blanche's invitations?

Do me a favor, Marty, will you?

You talk to Blanche.

Try to make her understand.

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Lukas Heller

Lukas Heller (21 July 1930 – 2 November 1988) was a German-born screenwriter. more…

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