Disabled former child star 'Baby Jane' Hudson (Davies) now drinks away her life in a mansion with sister Blanche (Crawford) attending to her needs. Jane's bitter resentment increasingly drives her put-upon sibling to despair.
An obituary for Golden Age Hollywood, this is a savage satire on celebrity and the media-fuelled rivalry between stars Joan Crawford and Bette Davis. Their performances are brave, but behind the macabre humour lies the chilling truth of morality.
Sour as month-old milk and with a tang of off-screen animosity in its mouth, Robert Aldrich's melodrama is still hysterical in every sense of the word.