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The Other Woman 

With production on Baby Jane underway, Bette and Joan form an alliance, but outside forces conspire against them.

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Hedda Hopper
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Mamacita
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Pauline Jameson
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Olivia de Havilland
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Joan Blondell
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B.D. Merrill
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Harriet Aldrich
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Peter
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Fred MacMurray
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In 1970s interviews, Joan (Blondell) and Olivia continue to provide context into Joan (Crawford) and Bette's relationship, including that Jack put Joan under contract at Warner's (at a pittance) in the early 1940s solely to irk Bette, with the dynamic between the two and within Hollywood changing with Joan's success in Mildred Pierce (1945), after which it was Joan who got the plum roles and Bette largely the ones as housewives and slatterns. Back in 1962, filming on "Baby Jane" is well under way, and Joan and Bette are largely getting along as well as can be expected in their joint goal of making the movie a success and showing their joint dominance on the set. The latter issue does not sit well with Bob, as although he realizes he is considered a B-list director, he is still the director who should command the respect of his cast and crew. Both Jack and Hedda are miffed by the seeming cordiality between the two stars, Jack specifically who orders Bob to create emotional fireworks ... Written by Huggo

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The episode depicts a young actress being fired from the movie at the insistence of both the stars - she is said to be playing the daughter of the house next door. In actual fact, this extremely small part was played by Bette Davis's own daughter, Barbara Merrill. See more »

Goofs

In the scene introducing Victor Buono, he immediately tells Davis that he is a homosexual (something about which the real Buono was extremely discreet - understandably in 1962) and is described by Aldrich as an eminent Broadway actor. In reality, Buono was a 23-year-old actor in his first major part who had appeared in regional theater, but would not make his only Broadway appearance until 1970. See more »

Quotes

Jack Warner: [on seeing Joan and Bette acting like friends] I haven't seen this much shit since my last bowel movement
Robert Aldrich: What year was that?
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Connections

References The Little Foxes (1941) See more »

Soundtracks

I've Written a Letter to Daddy
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Music by Frank De Vol
Lyrics by Bob Merrill
Performed by Susan Sarandon with Alfred Molina
[Bette rehearses singing the song with Bob]
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Going For the Throat
26 June 2017 | by See all my reviews

Feud (2017)

Episode 2: The Other Woman

Jack Warner (Stanley Tucci) convinces director Robert Aldrich (Alfred Molina) that the film could be a major hit if only there was more controversy. This had Aldrich start a gossip war and soon Bette (Susan Sarandon) and Joan (Jessica Lange) are battling to stay one up on the other.

This second episode certainly picks up on the first as this one here gets into the meat of the story, which of course was the various conflicts that were going on during the making of the picture. The first episode pretty much introduced the characters to current viewers who might not have known who they were. That first episode was a nice introduction but this one here really takes off in regards to the gossip trash and behind-the-scenes fighting.

What works so well about this episode is the fact that we get to see Joan and Bette off the set and how both of their lives were already a mess and the various drama going on behind-the-scenes wasn't helping anything. We get some nice bits of information going back to their early days at the studio, which makes for a lot of fun and once again the episode ends on a strong note and makes you exciting for what's to follow.

Episode: A-


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