Happy Friday my fine fiendish friends! This week I bring you a fabulously diabolical flick from the Golden Age of Hollywood, starring two of the Silver Screen’s most celebrated stars!
Joan Crawford was a notoriously difficult dame on screen and off, but in the 1962 film What Ever Happened to Baby Jane, she meets her maniacal match. She plays the role of Blanche Hudson, the disabled Sister of now aged child star Baby Jane Hudson, played by fellow Hollywood Legend Bette Davis. Baby Jane was the sweetheart of the vaudeville stage, a la Shirley Temple, but loses her appeal like so many child stars do post puberty. As her star falls her Sister’s rises, Blanche becomes a star in her own right on the big screen. That is until her life takes a nasty turn, when a car accident lands her in a wheel chair for the rest of her life. Word on the street is that jealous Jane rigged poor Blanche’s ride, but Blanche being the class act she is, keeps her baby Sister by her side. Blanche doesn’t see the extent of her Sister’s madness until it’s far too late, when she finds herself a captive to Jane’s considerable craziness. Before long even the bats in Baby Jane’s belfry are a tad bit nervous.
True fans of the cinema should relish in its roots, watching the films that made Hollywood great. These ladies are Legends for a reason. In this freaky family flick, Bette Davis and Joan Crawford prove that their own stars still shone long into their considerable careers. These mad mavens make What Ever Happened to Baby Jane one of my favorite fiendish flicks, and one I highly recommend watching.