In 1970s interviews, Joan (Blondell) and Olivia continue to provide context into Joan (Crawford) and Bette's relationship, including that Jack put Joan under contract at Warner's (at a pittance) in the early 1940s solely to irk Bette, with the dynamic between the two and within Hollywood changing with Joan's success in Mildred Pierce (1945), after which it was Joan who got the plum roles and Bette largely the ones as housewives and slatterns. Back in 1962, filming on "Baby Jane" is well under way, and Joan and Bette are largely getting along as well as can be expected in their joint goal of making the movie a success and showing their joint dominance on the set. The latter issue does not sit well with Bob, as although he realizes he is considered a B-list director, he is still the director who should command the respect of his cast and crew. Both Jack and Hedda are miffed by the seeming cordiality between the two stars, Jack specifically who orders Bob to create emotional fireworks ...
Did You Know?
We're told that Joan Crawford
has to sell off her "Billy Haines" furniture. This is actually William Haines
a major star at MGM in the 1920s and 30s who later became a major interior designer in Hollywood. See more
Hedda Hopper tells Robert Aldrich that he has had "three flops in a row" and thus must have a success with "Baby Jane" if he wants to continue working. In fact, Aldrich had had five consecutive box-office failures before making "Baby Jane", according to his interview with Peter Bogdanovich in the book, "Who The Devil Made It?" However, he was still able to set up his own projects. See more
[on seeing Joan and Bette acting like friends
I haven't seen this much shit since my last bowel movement
What year was that?
I've Written a Letter to Daddy
Music by Frank De Vol
Lyrics by Bob Merrill
Performed by Susan Sarandon
with Alfred Molina
[Bette rehearses singing the song with Bob] See more