With production of Hush...Hush, Sweet Charlotte' underway, the feud intensifies; Bette reveals her vulnerabilities to Bob.


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Jessica Lange ... Joan Crawford
Susan Sarandon ... Bette Davis
Judy Davis ... Hedda Hopper (voice)
Jackie Hoffman ... Mamacita
Alfred Molina ... Robert Aldrich
Stanley Tucci ... Jack Warner (credit only)
Alison Wright ... Pauline Jameson
Catherine Zeta-Jones ... Olivia de Havilland
Kathy Bates ... Joan Blondell
Kiernan Shipka ... B.D. Merrill
Dominic Burgess ... Victor Buono
Matthew Glave ... Joseph Cotten
Mark L. Taylor ... Ray
Joel Kelley Dauten ... Adam Friedman
John Rubinstein ... George Cukor


Joan arrives onto the set for location shooting in Baton Rouge for what is now titled Hush...Hush, Sweet Charlotte (1964) in relatively good spirits, having top billing for the movie over Bette, having the equally juicy role as a murderess, and feeling like both Bette but more specifically Bob respect her function within the production as all three desperately need another hit following Baby Jane and thus need to rely on each other for the movie to succeed. Joan even reiterates to Mamacita a pledge she made to herself not to drink during this production if only to be at the top of her game. Joan's good feeling slowly deteriorates as she believes, based on their actions on the set, that the majority of the crew, led by Bob and Bette, are all in some inside joke against her, especially as Bette seems always to be on the set even when she has no scenes to film, and is secretly giving Bob advice on the entire production. Joan's good feeling entirely evaporates when she learns the actions ... Written by Huggo

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The segment shows Robert Aldrich's long marriage to Harriet crumbling quite suddenly during the filming of "Hush...Hush, Sweet Charlotte". It is true that their divorce was finalized in 1965, a few months after the film's opening, but Aldrich sometimes told interviewers that the marriage had, in fact, fallen apart during the period when, in exile from Hollywood after being fired from "The Garment Jungle", he had lived in Europe and made three films there (1957-60). See more »


The General Electric phonograph shown in Bette Davis' motel room before the opening credits is a 1970-ish model and the scene is from the filming of "Hush...Hush, Sweet Charlotte" (1964) somewhere around late 1963 or early 1964. See more »


Bette Davis: I can't believe you let her get away with that. You know I was right about the scene.
Robert Aldrich: You know what, Bette? Being right doesn't mean shit if you're driving talent off the stage. You wantto be a producer? Well, a producer gets results. You want to be a lion tamer? Great. Go tame the goddamn lion.
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References What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962) See more »


You Don't Own Me
Written by Dave White & John Madara
Performed by Lesley Gore
[Joan and Mamacita are listening to the song in the hospital when Bob comes to visit]
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Bette's Revenge
29 June 2017 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Feud: Bette and Joan (2017)

Episode 7: Abandoned!

Joan quickly realizes that HUSH... HUSH, SWEET CHARLOTTE isn't going to be her movie and this is made even more clear when she learns that Bette has a producer's role on the film. Soon Joan is playing up a fake illness to hold up the production but the studio decides to fight back.

As this series moves along it's becoming quite clear that Crawford really doesn't look that good. The past three episodes have shown a very dark side to the actress and one could argue that the series is being rather brutal to her but as one of the characters says in this episode, she pretty much did it to herself. With that said, if the series was going to go this hard on her it seems like they would have been more open about some of the stuff that happened in her early childhood, which might better explain it.

With that said, the dark side of Crawford coming out gives Lange an opportunity to really act and boy does she do a remarkable job. There's no question that she's pretty much stolen the series and she continues to impress as she gets into these darker moments of the actress. She has certainly become Joan to the point where you see the character and see Crawford and not just an actress playing her.

Episode: A-

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