Joan arrives onto the set for location shooting in Baton Rouge for what is now titled Hush...Hush, Sweet Charlotte (1964) in relatively good spirits, having top billing for the movie over Bette, having the equally juicy role as a murderess, and feeling like both Bette but more specifically Bob respect her function within the production as all three desperately need another hit following Baby Jane and thus need to rely on each other for the movie to succeed. Joan even reiterates to Mamacita a pledge she made to herself not to drink during this production if only to be at the top of her game. Joan's good feeling slowly deteriorates as she believes, based on their actions on the set, that the majority of the crew, led by Bob and Bette, are all in some inside joke against her, especially as Bette seems always to be on the set even when she has no scenes to film, and is secretly giving Bob advice on the entire production. Joan's good feeling entirely evaporates when she learns the actions ...
Did You Know?
The segment shows Robert Aldrich's long marriage to Harriet crumbling quite suddenly during the filming of "Hush...Hush, Sweet Charlotte". It is true that their divorce was finalized in 1965, a few months after the film's opening, but Aldrich sometimes told interviewers that the marriage had, in fact, fallen apart during the period when, in exile from Hollywood after being fired from "The Garment Jungle", he had lived in Europe and made three films there (1957-60). See more
When Joan violently throws the vase and flowers at the hospital window, the Venetian blinds appear unaffected. In reality, they'd be severely bent. See more
Well, I remember seeing her in Humoresque. Shunned by John Garfield marching into the ocean, every hair in place. Beauty, dignity, and death, all in one exquisite pose.
References Lady in a Cage
Hush...Hush, Sweet Charlotte
Lyrics by Mack David
Music by Frank De Vol
Performed by Patti Page
[The song plays leading from Mamacita leaving Joan in the hospital to Bob and Bette welcoming Olivia onto the set] See more