Academy Hollywood Outdoors Screening of WHAT EVER HAPPENED TO BABY JANE?

[Note: Online tickets to this event have now SOLD OUT, but if you don't mind waiting in a standby line you can probably still get in next Friday--about 10 minutes before the screening on a space available basis].

"YOU ARE BLANCHE, YOU ARE!!!" This is an outdoor lawn screening near Sunset & Vine at the grand new Academy Of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences year-old mini-outdoor lawn amphitheatre (in what used to be the parking lot of a former Pic 'N Save store). You are allowed to bring picnic items including beer or wine and they provide private lot parking--be careful to re-read every posted parking sign on adjacent streets because they are confusing and tickets are expensive.

WHAT EVER HAPPENED TO BABY JANE (1962) is BOTH a psychological horror story AND camp classic. It is perhaps one of the Gay communities favorite movies of all time--due to the co-billing of two beloved Gay icons Joan Crawford and Bette Davis. By the way, the original location for the house still exists at 172 South McCadden Place, just north of Wilshire Blvd. (near the Wilshire Ebell Theatre and south of Hancock Park).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You can find out a lot more background info on both the house location and the reputed tricks Bette and Joan played on one another at the following weblink:

http://www.iamnotastalker.com/2011/10/25/the-what-ever-happened-to-baby-jane-house/

So much has been written about this film, but I also recommend that you read Roger Ebert's wonderful and detailed review of the film which seems to hit all the bases (weblink follows)...

http://www.rogerebert.com/reviews/great-movie-what-ever-happened-to-baby-jane-1962


TICKETS:

This event has officially SOLD OUT online, however, if you are patient and willing to wait in a STANDBY LINE, depending on the turnout you might still get in. At last year's outdoor screenings most of the standby patrons eventually got in (about 5-10 minutes before the screening).

 

Please make sure to bring a picnic blanket or low backed lawn chair to sit on plus a jacket or sweater, something to drink and food/snacks to share with a couple of other group members.

 

Parking: Only private, free adjacent lot parking is recommended because the nearby street parking is so confusing that you may likely still receive and expensive parking ticket.

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  • ELIZABETH

    Bette Davis is impossible not to look at, unless Joan is on the screen. Put them together & you are mesmerized. THE BEST!!!!!

    June 29, 2013

  • John

    Great to finally see this film with an audience. Thanks, Jono.

    June 29, 2013

  • Bill

    Crawford and Davis blew me away!

    June 28, 2013

  • Ryan S.

    This was my first Meetup event and I had a great time! I look forward to attending other events soon. Thanks for a great inaugural event! :-)

    June 28, 2013

  • Jono

    More dish...due to the financial success of BABY JANE, Fox planned to produce what was considered a "boxoffice (not story) sequel" film named HUSH HUSH SWEET CHARLOTTE and Crawford & Davis actually shot some preliminary footage together, but that Davis was so mean and cruel to Crawford that Crawford ended up getting a doctor's note that helped excuse her from filming so the studio ended up replacing her with Gloria DeHavilland. But a friend of mine was an executive secretary of Darryl Zanuck's who attended the wrap party at the Fox commissary and she vividly recalled that Bette got drunk and at one moment during the party stepped up to the bandstand and to the melody of the song "Hello Dolly" she instead sang the improvised lyrics "Oh Hello J.C., Oh Hello J.C. Oh How Glad We Are That Your Not With Us Tonight...You're looking sad J.C., You've been had J.C..." etc. So that rivalry was very much in Bette's mind even after DeHavilland took over Crawford's part.

    June 28, 2013

  • Jono

    According to the Internet Movie Data Base a few of the shenanigans that took place behind the scenes included Bette installing a Coca-Cola machine on the set (at the time Joan was on the board of Pepsi-Cola and was the widow of one of the company’s high-ranking CEO’s); Bette kicking Joan so hard in the head during one of the fight scenes that she required stitches; and Joan putting weights in her pockets during the scene in which Bette had to drag her across the floor. Perhaps most awful of all, though, was the fact that when Bette was nominated for an Academy Award for her performance in the film, Joan not only campaigned against her, but told fellow nominee Anne Bancroft, who was starring in a play in New York at the time, that she would accept the award on her behalf should she win. Anne did indeed win and when her name was announced, Joan took to the stage to accept the award, while Bette stood stunned in the wings.

    June 28, 2013

  • Val

    Love this film! Have a GREAT time! Oh, yeah, and..
    "...but cha' are, Blanche, ya are in that chair." ;)

    1 · June 27, 2013

    • Val

      Too bad they won't be playing this before the movie...or will they (one can only hope!)? ;)
      Bette Davis SINGING, "Whatever Happened To Baby Jane?" on the Andy Williams Show
      http://www.youtube.co...­

      1 · June 27, 2013

    • John

      I don't know what to say :)

      1 · June 27, 2013

  • Bill

    The food rules last year at Oscars Outdoors were the same as for the Hollywood Bowl, meaning you were encouraged to bring in all the food you like including beer and wine in glass bottles plus drink from real glasses. I hope to bring food and drink to share.

    June 13, 2013

  • Ryan S.

    My first Meet Up event and one of my favorite classics!

    June 6, 2013

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