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As What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? opens, Bette and Joan face uncertain prospects, Bob deals with his own difficulties, and Pauline makes a surprising offer.

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Liza Johnson

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Ryan Murphy (created by), Jaffe Cohen (created by) | 3 more credits »
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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Susan Sarandon ... Bette Davis
Jessica Lange ... Joan Crawford
Judy Davis ... Hedda Hopper
Jackie Hoffman ... Mamacita
Alfred Molina ... Robert Aldrich
Stanley Tucci ... Jack Warner
Alison Wright ... Pauline Jameson
Catherine Zeta-Jones ... Olivia de Havilland
Kathy Bates ... Joan Blondell
Molly Price ... Harriet Aldrich
Dominic Burgess ... Victor Buono
Toby Huss ... Frank Sinatra
Ken Lerner ... Marty
Joel Kelley Dauten ... Adam Friedman
Brooke Star ... Cindy Crawford
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The film is in post-production, and Joan and Bette expect that they will be flooded with high profile movie offers, which is not the case. The scuttlebutt within the public via various leaks is that the film will be a flop. Jack, Bob, Joan and Bette react to the news in different ways, Bette's advertisement in Variety which she later states was meant to be a sarcastic response. However, the film is a smash, positive public and critical response only growing from the first preview in Long Beach. Bob feels that the film could be his springboard to the A-list and he refuses to follow Baby Jane with similar material, which is what Jack wants to do if only to build on its momentum. Despite the film's acclaim and acclaim for Bob, Bette and Joan, the latter two still do not get the recognition in the form of high profile acting offers. Joan does get a script from a surprising source, Pauline, who wrote a script specifically with Joan in mind, the movie which she wants to direct herself. ... Written by Huggo

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Biography | Drama

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TV-MA | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 March 2017 (USA) See more »

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16:9 HD
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Jack L. Warner's description of Robert Aldrich in this episode as a "journeyman" bears little relation to the way in which the real Aldrich was regarded in the Hollywood of the 1960s; he was known as a fearless and outspoken radical, a maverick film-maker who was often daring in his choice of film subjects and formidably candid and self-critical in interviews. The nervous fellow played by Alfred Molina in this mini-series is almost entirely a fiction, and a demeaning one. See more »

Goofs

In the restaurant scene between Joan and Mamacita, Joan's martini goes from half-full to empty back to half-full, before Joan finishes it off and taps the glass for a refill. See more »

Quotes

Mamacita: Miss Joan forbids sweets. She says sugar is a dangerous food. I take my thrills where I can.
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Connections

References Baby Doll (1956) See more »

Soundtracks

Town Without Pity
(uncredited)
Music by Dimitri Tiomkin
Lyrics by Ned Washington
Performed by Gene Pitney
[The song is playing when Pauline arrives at Joan's house to speak to Mamacita]
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Let's Be Frank
28 June 2017 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Feud: Bette and Joan (2017)

Episode 4: More, or Less

Episode four kicks off with the film about to be previewed and Davis (Susan Sarandon), Crawford (Jessica Lange) and director Robert Aldrich (Alfred Molina) are expecting the worse. The film actually turns out to be a massive hit but both stars react to the popularity quite differently but before long all three realize that a hit doesn't mean future projects.

This episode is certainly one of the more entertaining as we actually get away from the actual "fued" somewhat and see how all three principle players are affected by the success of the movie. There are some fine re-enactments of the projects Davis was doing at this time as well as some great moments where both actresses have to face the fact that even with a hit they are still old and Hollywood doesn't care too much for that.

Once again the performances are wonderful and the series has done a terrific job at putting you back into time when these events were happening. This episode has some really good drama throughout and ends on a very high note that just builds up your interest for the next episode.

Episode: A-


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