Bette Davis received her last Oscar nomination for playing Baby Jane Hudson in Whatever Happened To Baby Jane?
Even though Whatever Happened To Baby Jane is entertaining and slightly campy, I wasn't impressed with the film as a whole. Besides being very boring in some parts, the whole atmosphere of camp is running so rapid in the whole production. From the very time Davis starts torturing Crawford, the seriousness of the work is never relevant, and yet I always wanted it to be. But this story of a faded star who takes care of her much more famous sister when she becomes crippled is still very much alot of fun.
For all the silliness of the performance, she gets that down fine. But, is that it? A few scattered brilliant moments are realized by Davis, like the ending, the payoff of her performance is terrific. But, still there there is that overall mix of drama, horror, and borderline comedy that just doesn't work for me. I'll admit the shining moments of Bette Davis's performance are extremely terrific, she really nails her biggest moments. And I can surely see how this performance can attract it's fans, but alas, I'm not one of them. But, there is at least something left to admire in it.