What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?
First screening date unrecorded / Most recently screened in August 2006
Director: Robert Aldrich. Cast: Bette Davis, Joan Crawford, Victor Buono, Anna Lee, Barbara Merrill, Julia Allred, Gina Gillespie, Anne Barton, Dave Willock, Wesley Addy, Maidie Norman, Bert Freed, Robert Cornthwaite, Russ Conway. Screenplay: Lukas Heller (based on the novel by Henry Farrell).

Twitter Capsule: For all that it anticipates its own camp uptakes, its sincerity about grotesque material disarms.

VOR:   Imitations made it seem trashy, but studios have rarely ventured this far out on the limbs of kitsch while playing the emotions fearsomely straight. Garish, ghoulish landmark.

Photo © 1962 Warner Bros. Pictures/Seven Arts Productions

Not yet reviewed in full. Grade: B+

Academy Award Nominations and Winners:
Best Actress: Bette Davis
Best Supporting Actor: Victor Buono
Best Cinematography (Black & White): Ernest Haller
Best Costume Design (Black & White): Norma Koch
Best Sound: Joseph D. Kelly

Golden Globe Nominations:
Best Actress (Drama): Bette Davis
Best Supporting Actor: Victor Buono

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