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* DeadAnimalWarning: Jane begins denying Blanche food, until she serves Blanche's dead pet parakeet—and, at a later meal, a dead rat—to her on a dinner platter


* VillainProtagonist: The story is focused on the unrepentantly horrible Jane.

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* VillainProtagonist: The story is focused on the unrepentantly horrible Jane. [[spoiler: And the psychologically abusive Blanche.]]

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* YoungerThanTheyLook: Jane looks like someone who's in her 80s or 90s despite being in her 50s.


* IWasQuiteALooker: Jane was an angelic little girl and a reasonably attractive young woman but has now grown old and is a complete mess. Averted with Blanche who has aged well enough.

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* IntimateHairBrushing: In the remake, there's a PetTheDog moment between the sisters is when Blanche gets Jane to wash her hair and comb it. Unfortunately, Jane then starts [[TraumaticHaircut cutting it]].
* IWasQuiteALooker: Jane was an angelic little girl and a reasonably attractive young woman but has now grown old and is a complete mess. Averted with In contrast, Blanche who has aged well enough.



* NosyNeighbor: Mrs. Bates is a mild example.

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%% * NosyNeighbor: Mrs. Bates is a mild example.

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* ReclusiveArtist: [[invoked]] Blanche disappeared from the public eye after her accident, and she's currently experiencing a revival in popularity, with her films getting featured on TV, with her appeal based in-part on curiosity about what happened to her.


%%* {{Camp}}: The film is known for having a fair amount of this, which helps account for its CultClassic status.

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%%* * {{Camp}}: The film is known On the surface it's a basic PsychologicalThriller, but with two grand old Hollywood divas engaged in HamToHamCombat, plus some of the wackier elements of the story (like [[spoiler:Jane serving Blanche a rat for having a fair amount of this, which helps account for its CultClassic status.dinner]]), it quickly gained an over-the-top reputation that's made it an enduring CultClassic.


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* MayDecemberRomance: 50-something Jane and 20-something Edwin seem to be making tentative moves toward one, but it's more out of convenience and desperation than anything else.


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* VillainProtagonist: The story is focused on the unrepentantly horrible Jane.

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* {{Gaslighting}}: Jane's whole purpose in life seems to be torturing Blanche by making her feel defenseless and isolated. It gets so bad that Blanche won't even eat the dinners Jane fixes for her, assuming that she's serving her something disgusting. But [[spoiler:the twist reveals it was actually the other way around: Blanche spent decades allowing Jane to falsely believe she'd caused Blanche's accident, turning Jane into an utter psychological mess]].

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* ReverseRelationshipReveal: Blanche has been abused and horrifically treated by her sister Jane, who crippled her for life while attempting to kill her. It was actually Blanche who crippled herself trying to kill a drunken Jane, who remembers nothing of that night, and on whom Blanche has manipulatively pinned her crippling.


Followed two years later by a SpiritualSuccessor, ''Film/HushHushSweetCharlotte'', also directed by Aldrich and starring Davis, but with Creator/OliviaDeHavilland in the Crawford part. Aldrich dipped into the genre a third time in 1969 by producing (though not directing) ''What Ever Happened to Aunt Alice?'', starring Geraldine Page and Ruth Gordon.

''Baby Jane'' itself was [[TheRemake remade]] in 1991 as a MadeForTVMovie, starring real-life sisters Lynn and Creator/VanessaRedgrave as Jane and Blanche. It doesn't seem to have been poorly received by critics, but it didn't make much of an impression either.

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Followed two years later by a SpiritualSuccessor, ''Film/HushHushSweetCharlotte'', also directed by Aldrich and starring Davis, but with Creator/OliviaDeHavilland in the Crawford part. Aldrich dipped into the genre a third time in 1969 by producing (though not directing) ''What Ever Happened to Aunt Alice?'', starring Geraldine Page and Ruth Gordon. \n\n ''Baby Jane'' itself was [[TheRemake remade]] in 1991 as a MadeForTVMovie, starring real-life sisters Lynn and Creator/VanessaRedgrave as Jane and Blanche. It doesn't seem to have been poorly received by critics, but it didn't make much of an impression either.


There is also a 1991 TV movie version starring real-life sisters Lynn and Vanessa Redgrave as Jane and Blanche. It doesn't seem to have been poorly received by critics, but it didn't make much of an impression either.

Followed two years later by a SpiritualSuccessor, ''Film/HushHushSweetCharlotte'', also directed by Aldrich and starring Davis, but with Creator/OliviaDeHavilland in the Crawford part. Aldrich dipped into the genre a third time in 1969 by producing (though not directing) ''What Ever Happened to Aunt Alice?'', starring Geraldine Page and Ruth Gordon.

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.

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There is also a 1991 TV movie version starring real-life sisters Lynn and Vanessa Redgrave as Jane and Blanche. It doesn't seem to have been poorly received by critics, but it didn't make much of an impression either.

Followed two years later by a SpiritualSuccessor, ''Film/HushHushSweetCharlotte'', also directed by Aldrich and starring Davis, but with Creator/OliviaDeHavilland in the Crawford part. Aldrich dipped into the genre a third time in 1969 by producing (though not directing) ''What Ever Happened to Aunt Alice?'', starring Geraldine Page and Ruth Gordon.

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''Baby Jane'' itself was [[TheRemake remade]] in 1991 as a MadeForTVMovie, starring real-life sisters Lynn and Creator/VanessaRedgrave as Jane and Blanche. It doesn't seem to have been poorly received by critics, but it didn't make much of an impression either.

The making of the original film was dramatized in the 2017 FX anthology series ''Series/{{Feud}}'', with Creator/JessicaLange as Joan Crawford and Creator/SusanSarandon as Bette Davis.


Followed two years later by a SpiritualSuccessor, ''Film/HushHushSweetCharlotte'', also directed by Aldrich and starring Davis, but with Creator/OliviaDeHavilland in the Crawford part.

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.

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Followed two years later by a SpiritualSuccessor, ''Film/HushHushSweetCharlotte'', also directed by Aldrich and starring Davis, but with Creator/OliviaDeHavilland in the Crawford part.

part. Aldrich dipped into the genre a third time in 1969 by producing (though not directing) ''What Ever Happened to Aunt Alice?'', starring Geraldine Page and Ruth Gordon.

The making of the film was dramatized in the 2017 FX anthology series ''{{Series/Feud}}'', ''Series/{{Feud}}'', with Creator/JessicaLange as Joan Crawford and Creator/SusanSarandon as Bette Davis.


* BeautyEqualsGoodness: Jane has aged horribly and is the antagonist, whereas Blanche has aged gracefully. [[spoiler: Subverted with the reveal that Blanche tried to kill Jane and let her believe that she was the attacker all these years]].



* GiftedlyBad: Jane. She is a terrible actress, can't sing and could only dance as a child. Jane herself thinks her talent defines her, and believes it is the one thing she can never lose.

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* GiftedlyBad: Jane. She is a terrible actress, can't sing and could only dance as a child. Jane herself thinks her talent defines her, and believes it is the one thing she can never lose. Ironically she's very good at imitating Blanche's voice, suggesting she could have cultivated other skills if she'd tried.


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* HairOfGoldHeartOfGold: Jane's image as a child star was this - with angelic golden curls and a sweetheart persona. Out of character, she was most certainly ''not''.


[[caption-width-right:300:"Butcha ''are'', Blance! Ya ''are'' in that chair!"]]

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[[caption-width-right:300:"Butcha ''are'', Blance! Blanche! Ya ''are'' in that chair!"]]


A classic 1962 thriller directed by Creator/RobertAldrich, starring Creator/BetteDavis and Creator/JoanCrawford. It was adapted from a novel by Henry Farrell.

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A classic 1962 thriller directed by Creator/RobertAldrich, starring Creator/BetteDavis and Creator/JoanCrawford. It was adapted from a the 1960 novel of the same name by Henry Farrell.


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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A classic 1962 thriller directed by Robert Aldrich, Creator/RobertAldrich, starring Creator/BetteDavis and Creator/JoanCrawford. It was adapted from a novel by Henry Farrell.

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