History Film / WhatEverHappenedToBabyJane

20th Mar '17 7:04:38 PM Videokid
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--->[[spoiler:'''Blanche:''' You were driving that night.]]

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--->[[spoiler:'''Blanche:''' You were weren't driving that night.]]
18th Mar '17 7:13:50 PM Racso
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* {{Foreshadowing}}: Blanche tries to convince Jane that the house was bought by Blanche's money, only for Jane to quickly retort that the house was bought with "Baby Jane" money. Blanche insists that Jane is misremembering, only for her sister to brush her off. [[spoiler: It's a hint that Blanche has made a habit of preying on Jane's faulty memory.]]
3rd Mar '17 8:33:14 PM Mdumas43073
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* DaddysGirl: Jane seems to favour her father - who indulges her whenever she throws tantrums. The book implies that his sudden death from influenza is what helped contribute to her alcoholism.

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* DaddysGirl: Jane seems to favour favor her father - father, who indulges her whenever she throws tantrums. The book implies that his sudden death from influenza is what helped contribute to her alcoholism.
3rd Mar '17 8:27:53 PM Mdumas43073
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* ScaryJackInTheBox: The film opens with a little girl being freaked out by one of these in 1917.
27th Feb '17 7:35:16 AM magic713
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* 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.]]
--->[[spoiler:'''Blanche:''' You were driving that night.]]
24th Feb '17 10:10:34 AM GoombasAreGods
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* BlackDudeDiesFirst: [[spoiler: Elvira is the first and, if Blanche survived, only character to die in the film.]]
5th Feb '17 9:41:27 PM ImperialMajestyXO
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* BigFancyHouse: Jane and Blanche's mansion.



* BigFancyHouse: Jane and Blanche's mansion.
20th Nov '16 1:25:44 PM WanderingBrowser
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* AssholeVictim: [[spoiler:Blanche, as it turns out.]]

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* AssholeVictim: [[spoiler:Blanche, as it turns out.out: she was the ''driver'' in the infamous car crash, having tried to run Jane over, only to miss and break her back due to crashing the car. She's spent all the years since then letting Jane, who doesn't remember things correctly due to having been drunk at the time, believe she was indeed the one who crippled Blanche and forcing her to wait on her hand and foot.]]



* BitchInSheepsClothing: [[spoiler:Blanche.]]
* BlackAndWhiteMorality: Subverted.
* BlackAndGrayMorality: What it actually is.
* CainAndAbel: Jane and Blanche Hudson, respectively.

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* BitchInSheepsClothing: [[spoiler:Blanche.[[spoiler:Blanche, who turns out to have actually crippled herself trying to run her sister over.]]
* BlackAndWhiteMorality: Subverted.
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Subverted; the film is set up so you go in believing Jane is the "evil sister" and Blanche is the "good sister". In reality, as is revealed over the film, it's actually a case of BlackAndGrayMorality: What it actually is.
[[spoiler: Blanche tried to murder her sister back when they were movie stars, but missed and crippled herself. This ultimately leads to Jane going insane, partly due to guilt, and eventually she turns murderous as a result of her damaged mind]].
* CainAndAbel: Jane and Blanche Hudson, respectively. [[spoiler: Until it turns out that this whole sad mess began because ''Blanche'' tried to be the Cain figure, only to get some LaserGuidedKarma.]]



* TheDogBitesBack: [[spoiler: Jane snaps and starts abusing Blanche due to finding out Blanche has, after years of exploiting her like a servant, decided to simply send her to a mental institute. This is made all the more karmic when it's revealed Blanche wasn't crippled by Jane like she told everyone, she crippled ''herself'' by accident when trying to cripple/kill Jane.]]



* EvilCripple: [[spoiler:Blanche.]]

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* EvilCripple: [[spoiler:Blanche.[[spoiler:Blanche is revealed as this, having crippled ''herself'' whilst attempting to run her sister over with a car, then taking advantage of her sister's drunken amnesia to convince her and the public that ''Jane'' was the one who ran ''Blanche'' over.]]



* LaserGuidedKarma: [[spoiler: Blanche was crippled as a result of a car crash she caused whilst trying to kill her sister, Jane.]]



* ReallyGetsAround: Jane in the 30s, part of the reason she was TheLoad to Blanche.

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* ReallyGetsAround: Jane in the 30s, 30s was constantly going to bed with different men, part of the reason she was TheLoad to Blanche.



* SlipknotPonytail: Blanche's hair comes unravelled out of its updo as Jane's treatment of her worsens.
* SmallNameBigEgo: Jane has no idea that "Baby Jane Hudson" is totally forgotten, and thinks lots of people would love to see her make a comeback.

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* SlipknotPonytail: Blanche's hair comes unravelled unraveled out of its updo as Jane's treatment of her worsens.
* SmallNameBigEgo: Jane has no idea that "Baby Jane Hudson" is has been totally forgotten, and thinks lots of people would love to see her make a comeback.
28th Oct '16 9:29:35 PM Odacon_Spy
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-->[[spoiler:Jane]]: You mean all this time, we could have been ''friends''?

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-->[[spoiler:Jane]]: -->[[spoiler:'''Jane''']]: You mean all this time, we could have been ''friends''?
11th Jun '16 6:39:52 AM fearlessnikki
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* TheAlcoholic: Jane.

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* AdaptationDyeJob: Jane is blonde and Blanche is brunette in the original. In the remake, Jane becomes a redhead and Blanche now has grey hair.
* AdaptationalHeroism: [[spoiler: Blanche is still revealed as the culprit behind the accident that crippled her. But the book also reveals that Blanche prevented Jane from seeking psychiatric help afterwards, worrying that she would remember what happened if she did. This is left out of the movie]].
* AdaptedOut: The book states that the two girls went to live with their aunt after their parents died of influenza, and that was how Blanche got into films. The movie just cuts from 1917 to 1937 when Blanche is already a film star, with no mention of an aunt.
* TheAlcoholic: Jane.Jane, who's reduced to imitating Blanche's voice to order liquor when the store is told not to serve her anymore.



* ColdHam: In stark contrast to [[{{Series/Batman}} some of his other roles]], Victor Buono plays almost all of his scenes as Edwin with quiet, immeasurable loathing for the people around him. It's not until he gets drunk and loosens up that he becomes a true LargeHam.
-->"Here I come, the SUPER CHIEF!" ''(Giggling)''



* DaddysGirl: Jane seems to favour her father - who indulges her whenever she throws tantrums. The book implies that his sudden death from influenza is what helped contribute to her alcoholism.



* DarkReprise: When Baby Jane first sings the song [[TastesLikeDiabetes "I've Written a Letter to Daddy"]] in the beginning of the story, it just comes off as a sappy kid's song. However, it becomes incredibly creepy when she sings it later as an old woman.

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* DarkReprise: DarkReprise:
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When Baby Jane first sings the song [[TastesLikeDiabetes "I've Written a Letter to Daddy"]] in the beginning of the story, it just comes off as a sappy kid's song. However, it becomes incredibly creepy when she sings it later as an old woman.



* FormerChildStar: Jane.

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* FormerChildStar: Jane.Jane, who had a vaudeville act back in 1917 but couldn't make it as an actress in Hollywood.



* GirlishPigtails: Jane in the remake instead wears her hair in pigtails.



* GrandmaWhatMassiveHotnessYouHave: The events of the film and book put Blanche in her late 50s or early 60s, but it's said that she's managed to age gracefully and hold onto her good looks. This is in stark contrast to Jane, who has become a mess.



* LadyDrunk: Jane.

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* LadyDrunk: Jane.The central conflict of the movie was actually caused by Jane being ridiculously drunk at a party. In her Hollywood days she was known for being a drunken mess on set.



** ColdHam: In stark contrast to [[{{Series/Batman}} some of his other roles]], Victor Buono plays almost all of his scenes as Edwin with quiet, immeasurable loathing for the people around him. It's not until he gets drunk and loosens up that he becomes a true LargeHam.
-->"Here I come, the SUPER CHIEF!" ''(Giggling)''



* OneHitWonder: In-universe example: Jane with "I've Written a Letter to Daddy." [[invoked]]

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* OneHitWonder: In-universe example: Jane with "I've Written a Letter to Daddy." [[invoked]][[invoked]] She did appear to have other songs, but that appeared to be her most requested one.
* TheOphelia: Jane slips into this by the third act of the film as her sanity slips. The last shot of the film has her dancing around on the beach, convinced the crowd are there to see her perform.


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* SilverFox: Blanche in the remake has grey hair (she's played by Vanessa Redgrave) but is still presented as having aged gracefully.
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