In 1970s interviews, Joan (Blondell) and Olivia continue to provide context into Joan (Crawford) and Bette's relationship, including that Jack put Joan under contract at Warner's (at a pittance) in the early 1940s solely to irk Bette, with the dynamic between the two and within Hollywood changing with Joan's success in Mildred Pierce (1945), after which it was Joan who got the plum roles and Bette largely the ones as housewives and slatterns. Back in 1962, filming on "Baby Jane" is well under way, and Joan and Bette are largely getting along as well as can be expected in their joint goal of making the movie a success and showing their joint dominance on the set. The latter issue does not sit well with Bob, as although he realizes he is considered a B-list director, he is still the director who should command the respect of his cast and crew. Both Jack and Hedda are miffed by the seeming cordiality between the two stars, Jack specifically who orders Bob to create emotional fireworks ...
Did You Know?
Warner asks Aldrich, "What, are you red?" Alfred Molina played Mark Rothko in the Broadway play 'Red' in the spring of 2010. See more
Hedda Hopper tells Robert Aldrich that he has had "three flops in a row" and thus must have a success with "Baby Jane" if he wants to continue working. In fact, Aldrich had had five consecutive box-office failures before making "Baby Jane", according to his interview with Peter Bogdanovich in the book, "Who The Devil Made It?" However, he was still able to set up his own projects. See more
Sylvia the Reporter
Miss Davis, care to comment on the fact that Miss Crawford says you look old enough to be her mother?
What's your name, sweetheart?
Sylvia the Reporter
Fuck off, Sylvia.
References Coming Home
Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini
Written by Paul Vance
& Lee Pockriss
Performed by Brian Hyland
[Bette and B.D. listen to the song on the car radio] See more