Director Robert Aldrich gave Bette Davis and Joan Crawford a bizarre new lease on life in What Ever Happened To Baby Jane? – an extraordinary extension of the sadomasochistic elements that ran through their film careers – in which they played two elderly sisters trapped in the past.
Jane Hudson (Davis) was the child star of the title until Blanche (Crawford) became a leading lady and elbowed her out of the spotlight.
Now the studio lights have been switched off for both of them, and they occupy a shuttered and decaying Bel Air mansion, Blanche in a wheelchair after being crippled in a car accident and drink-sodden Jane gleefully serving her rats for dinner.
There is heavyweight support from 300-pound newcomer Victor Buono and Aldrich worked all the organ stops on this bit of sub-Gothic horror which some critics called “slowly developed” and “too long”.
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