The film is in post-production, and Joan and Bette expect that they will be flooded with high profile movie offers, which is not the case. The scuttlebutt within the public via various leaks is that the film will be a flop. Jack, Bob, Joan and Bette react to the news in different ways, Bette's advertisement in Variety which she later states was meant to be a sarcastic response. However, the film is a smash, positive public and critical response only growing from the first preview in Long Beach. Bob feels that the film could be his springboard to the A-list and he refuses to follow Baby Jane with similar material, which is what Jack wants to do if only to build on its momentum. Despite the film's acclaim and acclaim for Bob, Bette and Joan, the latter two still do not get the recognition in the form of high profile acting offers. Joan does get a script from a surprising source, Pauline, who wrote a script specifically with Joan in mind, the movie which she wants to direct herself. ...
Did You Know?
The scene at the William Morris Agency, Lange's outfit and dialogue references an infamous scene from the 1981 Joan Crawford biopic Mommie Dearest, right down to the use of the F-word. See more
In the restaurant scene between Joan and Mamacita, Joan's martini goes from half-full to empty back to half-full, before Joan finishes it off and taps the glass for a refill. See more
I'm not turning you down because you're a woman. I'm turning you down because you're a nobody. And at this late stage of my career, I don't have the luxury of putting myself in the hands of a nobody. I have very few chances left, and my last chance is not going to be your first.
References Perry Mason
Town Without Pity
Music by Dimitri Tiomkin
Lyrics by Ned Washington
Performed by Gene Pitney
[The song is playing when Pauline arrives at Joan's house to speak to Mamacita] See more