Thursday, March 04, 2021

Charlotte in Color!

Following the success of “What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?,” Joan Crawford and Bette Davis were to be reteamed in another campy horror film, “Hush...Hush, Sweet Charlotte.” This time, the two screen legends would be switching role types: Joan would play the evil backstabbing Miram and Bette the sympathetic heroine, Charlotte. Well, as much of a sympathetic heroine as Bette could play at this point in her career. As she did in “Baby Jane,” Bette went over the top in her performance, layering on the hysterics. Unfortunately, Crawford was replaced by Olivia DeHavilland, so we never got to see how the dynamic duo would have fared when the tables were turned. “Charlotte” was filmed in black and white, just like its predecessor. These two rare color shots of Bette Davis were taken on set of the film in June 1964.

Released in December 1964, the film garnered seven Oscar nominations but didn’t win in any of those categories. Would Joan have been nominated? That would surely have made her feud with Davis far worse! Here’s a previously posted shot of Joan with costar Joseph Cotten and director and producer Robert Aldrich during the time she was involved in the production:

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