History Film / WhatEverHappenedToBabyJane

27th Feb '18 5:04:39 PM Sakubara
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* StageMom: It's implied that the Hudson father was like this, as he doesn't discipline Jane and indulges her at every opportunity. By contrast, their mother seems to have been more reasonable.

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* StageMom: [[StageMom Stage Dad]]: It's implied that the Hudson father was like this, as he doesn't discipline Jane and indulges her at every opportunity. By contrast, their mother seems to have been more reasonable.
18th Jan '18 4:15:50 AM fearlessnikki
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The making of the film was dramatized in the 2017 FX anthology series ''{{Series/Feud}}'', with Creator/JessicaLange as Joan Crawford and Creator/SusanSarandon as Bette Davis.



* BigFancyHouse: Jane and Blanche's mansion.

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* BigFancyHouse: Jane and Blanche's mansion. It's pointed out that the house is too hard to maintain, so Blanche is planning to relocate to a smaller bungalow.



* {{Camp}}: The film is known for having a fair amount of this, which helps account for its CultClassic status.
* ChekhovsSkill: Jane's ability to imitate her sister's voice. Keep it in mind.

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* %%* {{Camp}}: The film is known for having a fair amount of this, which helps account for its CultClassic status.
* ChekhovsSkill: Jane's ability ChekhovsBoomerang: Jane mimics Blanche's voice mockingly early in the film. She then exploits this skill to pretend to be Blanche and get some alcohol ordered for herself. [[spoiler: When Blanche is trying to phone the doctor for help, Jane is also able to imitate her sister's voice. Keep it in mind.voice to say everything is fine]].



* LightIsNotGood:
** Jane as a child looked angelic - with golden ringlets and dressing in frilly white dresses. But she was an immature brat. She still wears the same clothes as an adult, where she's the antagonist.
** [[spoiler: 'Blanche' means white, and it turns out that Blanche is the one who tried to kill Jane]].



* TheResenter: Both sisters.

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* TheResenter: Both sisters. At different points in their lives, they resented the other's success.



* StageMom: It's implied that the Hudson father was like this, as he doesn't discipline Jane and indulges her at every opportunity.

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* StageMom: It's implied that the Hudson father was like this, as he doesn't discipline Jane and indulges her at every opportunity. By contrast, their mother seems to have been more reasonable.
31st Dec '17 2:04:29 PM Aquila89
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* StylisticSuck: Early in the film, studio executives watch scenes from Jane's films, and note that she's an awful actress. However, those were real scenes from the early movies of Bette Davis.

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* StylisticSuck: StylisticSuck:
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Early in the film, studio executives watch scenes from Jane's films, and note that she's an awful actress. However, those were real scenes from the early movies of Bette Davis.Davis.
** "I've Written a Letter to Daddy" is extremely sappy to begin with, and becomes downright creepy when performed by the middle-aged, mentally disturbed Jane.
11th Nov '17 9:05:22 PM Prinzenick
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* HateSink: Invoked [[spoiler:and then brilliantly [[SubvertedTrope subverted]] in the twist ending]]. Jane's actions towards Blanche, regardness of whether shes mentally ill or not, are unreasonably cruel and despicable, and the film loves milking every oppurtunity it can to make her hate her even more while making you root for Blanche and want to see Jane eventually brought to justice. [[spoiler:This is crucial for the final twist, where before Jane is actually arrested, we [[EvilAllAlong discover Blanche's true nature]], which paints Jane actions and personality, horrible as they may be, in a much more tragic light.]]

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* HateSink: Invoked [[spoiler:and then brilliantly [[SubvertedTrope subverted]] in the twist ending]]. Jane's actions towards Blanche, regardness of whether shes mentally ill or not, are unreasonably cruel and despicable, and the film loves milking every oppurtunity it can to make her you hate her even more while making you root for Blanche and want to see Jane eventually brought to justice. [[spoiler:This is crucial for the final twist, where before Jane is actually arrested, we [[EvilAllAlong discover Blanche's true nature]], which paints Jane Jane's actions and personality, horrible as they may be, in a much more tragic light.]]
11th Nov '17 9:00:45 PM Prinzenick
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* TheEndingChangesEverything: Lets just say there's a very good reason the films poster warns you to watch the film from the beginning and not give away the climax, because it almost ''completely'' changes how you'll see the film afterward.


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* HateSink: Invoked [[spoiler:and then brilliantly [[SubvertedTrope subverted]] in the twist ending]]. Jane's actions towards Blanche, regardness of whether shes mentally ill or not, are unreasonably cruel and despicable, and the film loves milking every oppurtunity it can to make her hate her even more while making you root for Blanche and want to see Jane eventually brought to justice. [[spoiler:This is crucial for the final twist, where before Jane is actually arrested, we [[EvilAllAlong discover Blanche's true nature]], which paints Jane actions and personality, horrible as they may be, in a much more tragic light.]]
28th Sep '17 1:03:35 AM BatNeko
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Had an infamously TroubledProduction due largely in part to the bitter rivalry between its two stars. This included Bette having Coke machines deliberately installed on set (Joan was on the board of directors for Pepsi), Joan wearing a weighted belt during a scene in which Bette had to drag her across the floor, in order to upset Bette's bad back (and then coughing several times so the scene had to be re-done), and Joan lobbying to the Academy of Arts and Sciences to not give Bette the UsefulNotes/AcademyAward for best actress for her role in the film, and then rubbing salt in the wound by offering to accept the award on behalf of any actress who couldn't make it to the ceremony should they win it. The show's production and the hatred the two shared for each other was the subject of the first season of ''{{Series/Feud}}''.
9th Aug '17 7:34:51 AM Da1tonTheGreat
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* TheLoad: Each Hudson sister was this at one point. As children, in contrast to Jane, Blanche was plain-looking, untalented, and not marketable as a vaudeville act, so her StageMom father disliked her. When she grew up and became a successful film actress, her career was contractually tied to that of Jane, who, in addition to being a terrible actress, was also a drunk who engaged in scandalous sexual behavior. By the movie's present day, they are both this and drag each other down so much that neither is able to live anything resembling a healthy or functional lifestyle.



* RegalRinglets: Jane's hair.

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* RegalRinglets: Jane's hair.Jane styles her hair this way. It looked youthful in 1917, but in 1962, not only has it long gone out of fashion, it looks age inappropriate and creepy.



* SiblingRivalry: Jane was the famous sister in their childhood, while Blanche became the famous one as they grew older. It's heavily implied that Jane resented this immensely.

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* SiblingRivalry: Jane was the famous sister in their childhood, while Blanche became the famous one as they grew older. It's heavily implied that Jane resented this immensely.immensely, and then resents having to serve as Blanche's caretaker. Likewise, Blanche resented Jane's childhood stardom and then the fact that, when their roles were reversed, Jane was a detriment to her own Hollywood success.
8th Aug '17 8:03:25 AM Da1tonTheGreat
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* AloneWithThePsycho: Due to being paralyzed from the waist down, Blanche spends the majority of the film trapped in her house with her increasingly mentally unstable sister.


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* PsychopathicWomanchild: Despite being in her mid-fifties, Jane has the mental age of her 10-year old self. She dresses and acts like a little girl and is immature and impulsive even before her SanitySlippage sends her completely off the deep end.
2nd Aug '17 1:33:31 PM mlsmithca
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Had an infamously TroubledProduction due largely in part to the bitter rivalry between its two stars. This included Bette having Coke machines deliberately installed on set (Joan was on the board of directors for Pepsi), Joan wearing a weighted belt during a scene in which Bette had to drag her across the floor, in order to upset Bette's bad back (and then coughing several times so the scene had to be re-done), and Joan lobbying to the Academy of Arts and Sciences to not give Bette the UsefulNotes/AcademyAward for best actress for her role in the film, and then rubbing salting in the wound by offering to accept the award on behalf of any actress who couldn't make it to the ceremony should they win it. The show's production and the hatred the two shared for each other was the subject of the first season of {{Series/Feud}}.

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Had an infamously TroubledProduction due largely in part to the bitter rivalry between its two stars. This included Bette having Coke machines deliberately installed on set (Joan was on the board of directors for Pepsi), Joan wearing a weighted belt during a scene in which Bette had to drag her across the floor, in order to upset Bette's bad back (and then coughing several times so the scene had to be re-done), and Joan lobbying to the Academy of Arts and Sciences to not give Bette the UsefulNotes/AcademyAward for best actress for her role in the film, and then rubbing salting salt in the wound by offering to accept the award on behalf of any actress who couldn't make it to the ceremony should they win it. The show's production and the hatred the two shared for each other was the subject of the first season of {{Series/Feud}}.
''{{Series/Feud}}''.
2nd Aug '17 1:32:48 PM mlsmithca
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* [[spoiler:BlackDudeDiesFirst]]: [[spoiler: Elvira is the first and, if Blanche survived, only character to die in the film.]]

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* [[spoiler:BlackDudeDiesFirst]]: BlackDudeDiesFirst: [[spoiler: Elvira is the first and, if Blanche survived, only character to die in the film.]]



* CreepyDoll: The Baby Jane Hudson doll- creepy and menacing before anything even happens.

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* CreepyDoll: The Baby Jane Hudson doll- doll - creepy and menacing before anything even happens.



* HeKnowsTooMuch: Female version; [[spoiler:Jane murders [[BlackDudeDiesFirst Elvira]], after she finds out that Jane is keeping Blanche as a captive]].



* {{Leitmotif}}: Jane has a soft instrumental version of ''"I've Written a Letter to Daddy"'', and Blanche has a gentle, rising and falling melody.

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* {{Leitmotif}}: Jane has a soft instrumental version of ''"I've "I've Written a Letter to Daddy"'', Daddy", and Blanche has a gentle, rising and falling melody.



* [[HeKnowsTooMuch She Knows Too Much]]: [[spoiler:Jane murders [[BlackDudeDiesFirst Elvira]], after she finds out that Jane is keeping Blanche as a captive]].



* TheUnfavorite: Blanche in the 1910s. Her father seems to openly dislike her and though her mother is kinder to her, she is largely overlooked.
** It's quite possible the roles are reversed when the sisters go to live with their aunt, who openly favors Blanche the same way their father favored Jane.

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* TheUnfavorite: Blanche in the 1910s. Her father seems to openly dislike her and though her mother is kinder to her, she is largely overlooked.
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overlooked. It's quite possible the roles are reversed when the sisters go to live with their aunt, who openly favors Blanche the same way their father favored Jane.



* WhamLine:[[spoiler:Blanche's confession to Jane of the night Blanche was paralyzed in a car wreck. An accident that Jane long was lead to believe for almost thirty years was her doing.]]

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* WhamLine:[[spoiler:Blanche's WhamLine: [[spoiler:Blanche's confession to Jane of the night Blanche was paralyzed in a car wreck. An accident that Jane long was lead led to believe for almost thirty years was her doing.]]
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