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WHAT EVER HAPPENED TO BABY JANE?
February 26, 2012  | By David Bianculli

TCM, 9:45 p.m. ET

 
This movie competes directly with the second half of the Oscars – but if you can record it, you really, really should. I saw this 1962 movie, for the first time, at a drive-in when it first came out, snuggled in the back seat of my dad’s car. Bette Davis, playing a faded and vengeful former child star, creeps out her helpless sibling, played by Joan Crawford, in this intentionally over-the-top horror movie. But back then, Bette Davis' Baby Jane creeped me out even more. Trust me: a pitch-black drive-in, in the middle of nowhere, was no place to watch this film as an impressionable nine-year-old.
 
 
 
 
 
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