History Film / WhatEverHappenedToBabyJane

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.
10th Jun '16 10:00:44 AM fearlessnikki
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* MommasBoy: Edwin.

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* MommasBoy: Edwin.Edwin, who's well into adulthood and still lives with his mother. She even pretends to be his secretary to help him get jobs.



* NotAllowedToGrowUp: Jane, trying to look like a child.

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* NotAllowedToGrowUp: Jane, trying A self-inflicted example. Jane still dresses as she did when she was a child, styling her hair in ringlets, refusing to look like a child.believe that her GloryDays are long gone.



* SiblingRivalry

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* SiblingRivalrySiblingRivalry: 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.



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



* TimeshiftedActor: Jane and Blanche as children are played by June Allred and Gina Gillespie.

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* TimeshiftedActor: Jane and Blanche as children are played by June Allred and Gina Gillespie. But averted with them as young women. They're not shown from the waist up, and actual archive footage of Bette Davis and Joan Crawford was used for Jane and Blanche's films.



* UnwittingInstigatorOfDoom: Mrs Bates asks Jane about hiring Elvira, [[spoiler: unknowingly revealing that she's just gone into the house to untie Blanche and rescue her. Jane then kills Elvira, disposes of the body and this leads to Blanche's eventual death too]].



* WhiteDwarfStarlet: Baby Jane, of course. Also a FormerChildStar.
** Just to complete the trifecta, from what little we get to see of when she was a star, she was ThePrimaDonna. And she seems to have ''stayed'' that way...

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* WhiteDwarfStarlet: Baby Jane, of course. Also a FormerChildStar.
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FormerChildStar. Just to complete the trifecta, from what little we get to see of when she was a star, she was ThePrimaDonna. And she seems to have ''stayed'' that way...
23rd May '16 12:25:43 PM Wyldchyld
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* HairOfGoldHeartOfGold: This was the image Jane projected to the public as a star but in reality she was very much BlondesAreEvil.
2nd May '16 3:45:50 AM Mdumas43073
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19th Apr '16 9:35:05 AM AnotherGuy
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* MadnessMakeover: Jane went from being a very pretty but troubled young woman, to a crazy old biddy who never washes her face, styles her hair in ringlets and looks more dishevelled as her grip on sanity loosens.

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* MadnessMakeover: Jane went from being a very pretty but troubled young woman, to a crazy old biddy who never washes her face, styles her hair in ringlets and looks more dishevelled as her grip on sanity loosens. [[spoiler: When Jane no longer feels guilt over crippling her sister, the reverse happens - her wrinkles disappear and she looks like a happy girl.]]
19th Apr '16 9:29:02 AM AnotherGuy
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* ThenLetMeBeEvil: [[spoiler: Since Jane thought ''she'' had crippled Blanche, she apparently snapped and became cruel because she thought that she was a bad person and played the part of an evil sister. When she finds out she was totally innocent, she reverts to a sweet, innocent girl - note the use of soft lighting from then on.]]



-->[[spoiler:Jane]]: You mean all this time, we could have been friends?

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-->[[spoiler:Jane]]: You mean all this time, we could have been friends?''friends''?
28th Mar '16 5:28:21 AM Mdumas43073
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Followed two years later by a SpiritualSuccessor, ''Film/HushHushSweetCharlotte'', directed by Aldritch and starring Davis, but with Creator/OliviaDeHavilland in the Crawford part.

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Followed two years later by a SpiritualSuccessor, ''Film/HushHushSweetCharlotte'', also directed by Aldritch Aldrich and starring Davis, but with Creator/OliviaDeHavilland in the Crawford part.
28th Mar '16 5:27:25 AM Mdumas43073
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28th Mar '16 5:18:15 AM Mdumas43073
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''What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?'' is a classic 1962 thriller directed by Robert Aldrich, starring Creator/BetteDavis and Creator/JoanCrawford. It was adapted from a novel by Henry Farrell.

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''What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?'' is a A classic 1962 thriller directed by Robert Aldrich, starring Creator/BetteDavis and Creator/JoanCrawford. It was adapted from a novel by Henry Farrell.
28th Mar '16 5:17:22 AM Mdumas43073
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