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. ...
Did You Know?
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
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
Miss Joan forbids sweets. She says sugar is a dangerous food. I take my thrills where I can.
References Baby Doll
Town Without Pity
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] See more