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The Other Woman 

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With production on Baby Jane underway, Bette and Joan form an alliance, but outside forces conspire against them.

Director:

Ryan Murphy

Writers:

Ryan Murphy (created by), Jaffe Cohen (created by) | 4 more credits »
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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Susan Sarandon ... Bette Davis
Jessica Lange ... Joan Crawford
Judy Davis ... Hedda Hopper
Jackie Hoffman ... Mamacita
Alfred Molina ... Robert Aldrich
Stanley Tucci ... Jack Warner
Alison Wright ... Pauline Jameson
Catherine Zeta-Jones ... Olivia de Havilland
Kathy Bates ... Joan Blondell
Kiernan Shipka ... B.D. Merrill
Molly Price ... Harriet Aldrich
Reed Diamond ... Peter
Dominic Burgess ... Victor Buono
Joel Kelley Dauten ... Adam Friedman
Tom Berklund ... Fred MacMurray
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Storyline

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 ... Written by Huggo

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Biography | Drama

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USA

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English | Hebrew

Release Date:

12 March 2017 (USA) See more »

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16:9 HD
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Trivia

Warner asks Aldrich, "What, are you red?" Alfred Molina played Mark Rothko in the Broadway play 'Red' in the spring of 2010. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Sylvia the Reporter: Miss Davis, care to comment on the fact that Miss Crawford says you look old enough to be her mother?
Bette Davis: What's your name, sweetheart?
Sylvia the Reporter: Sylvia.
Bette Davis: Fuck off, Sylvia.
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References Coming Home (1978) See more »

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Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini
(uncredited)
Written by Paul Vance & Lee Pockriss
Performed by Brian Hyland
[Bette and B.D. listen to the song on the car radio]
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Going For the Throat
26 June 2017 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Feud (2017)

Episode 2: The Other Woman

Jack Warner (Stanley Tucci) convinces director Robert Aldrich (Alfred Molina) that the film could be a major hit if only there was more controversy. This had Aldrich start a gossip war and soon Bette (Susan Sarandon) and Joan (Jessica Lange) are battling to stay one up on the other.

This second episode certainly picks up on the first as this one here gets into the meat of the story, which of course was the various conflicts that were going on during the making of the picture. The first episode pretty much introduced the characters to current viewers who might not have known who they were. That first episode was a nice introduction but this one here really takes off in regards to the gossip trash and behind-the-scenes fighting.

What works so well about this episode is the fact that we get to see Joan and Bette off the set and how both of their lives were already a mess and the various drama going on behind-the-scenes wasn't helping anything. We get some nice bits of information going back to their early days at the studio, which makes for a lot of fun and once again the episode ends on a strong note and makes you exciting for what's to follow.

Episode: A-


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