Abandoned Feud: Bette and Joan


Abandoned

Drama series. Joan begins filming in Louisiana and is frustrated by the convivial atmosphere that Bette is creating with her co-stars as she tries to sleep.


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They say places you knew as a child

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seem smaller when you see them again.

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It's not true.

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It's just as I left it.

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Keep the change.

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-Cut!

-BELL RINGS

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Beautiful.

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Ladies and gentlemen, Miss Joan Crawford, our one-take wonder.

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-OK, next set up.

-Wait, Bob, don't you want me to try it again?

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No need, Joanie. You nailed it.

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-Are you sure?

-Absolutely.

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Well done.

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HE WHISPERS

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THEY GIGGLE

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There's nothing as exciting as the first day on a set, is there?

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It's my fifth day, but sure.

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THEY CONTINUE TO GIGGLE

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They're like bunny rabbits.

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It's past midnight. They've been at it since we got home from dinner.

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LOUD MUSIC PLAYS

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Miss Joan, you have an early call tomorrow. You must rest.

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Well, how can I sleep when my director and co-star

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are engaged in some tawdry bacchanal 30 feet away?

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Have a nightcap.

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I told you, Mamacita, I am not drinking on this production.

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I need a clear head.

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I could sing a lullaby.

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I'll call the front desk.

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Go to sleep, Mamacita.

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I don't care what they do in private,

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but staying up partying like teenagers

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can only detract from the quality of their work

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and, by extension, mine.

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And that I cannot abide.

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No, no, no, no.

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I'll simply go over there and politely ask them

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to consider the labours that lie ahead and encourage them to make

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more responsible choices.

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Should I wait up?

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Oh! Oh, my, my, Bette!

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-BETTE IMITATES JOAN:

-And keep the change.

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Oh!

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THEY LAUGH

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Oh, damn it.

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Give it up, Bette. You're never going to be able to do it.

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I don't know how she managed to do all that business

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-in one take.

-Oh, my goodness.

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If I didn't know better, I'd think you admire her.

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Well, why shouldn't she? It's no accident

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Joan's been a star since the silents.

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-She's an artist.

-Between the sheets.

-Oh!

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My, my, Bette.

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I thought your rivalry was put on for the press.

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I don't know what you're talking about. What rivalry?

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I got to hand it to you, Bette. After all you've been through,

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giving Joan the Oscar bait this go-around?

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It's mighty white of you.

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The picture is called Hush... Hush, Sweet Charlotte.

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-There you go.

-I play Charlotte.

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Oh, well, then, let me congratulate you

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on your divine work in All About Margo Channing.

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Joan's playing the villain,

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and villains always have the meatier roles.

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She's the mastermind.

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-That's true.

-You guys, stop teasing her now.

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Nobody's teasing anyone.

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Agnes, shouldn't you be giving me your...

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VOICES FADE AWAY UNDER MUSIC

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I hope you had a good breakfast.

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I do wish you'd give me a crack at those brows, Joan.

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The brows are mine and the mouth.

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Let's get started on the lashes.

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No.

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No.

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Yes.

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I'll just take...

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"Why wouldn't I tell him that his...

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"..his pure, darling little girl

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"was having a dirty little affair with a married man?"

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"You're a vile, sorry little bitch."

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Freshen me up, Mamacita.

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Well, God bless your heart.

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Here's Cousin Miriam all dolled up from tip-top to her toenails.

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Welcome.

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Well, I wanted to make sure that my look would survive the humidity.

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I didn't realise you were in this scene, Bette.

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I'm not.

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Often at night, she sits up, dressed...

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..as if she was still young, expecting a beau.

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I seem to remember once expecting something like that myself.

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You going to be all right here?

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I could stay over.

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You've been content to let me get by on my own all these years.

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Another night won't kill me.

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-BETTE WHISPERS:

-You're not going to let her do it that way, are you?

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-Cut.

-BELL RINGS

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-What? What happened?

-Nothing, nothing.

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We're going to go again straightaway, Joanie.

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You don't even need this scene. I mean, it seems like

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it might not be necessary.

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You have something to say about my performance?

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-Then say it to me!

-All right.

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This scene isn't really necessary,

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and you're telegraphing that Miriam is up to no good

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when the audience, at this point, has to think she's a saint.

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This is my performance.

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I have worked very hard on this.

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Joan, can we just shoot the scene?

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Let's worry about cutting and changing later on.

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Can you do it this time as if butter wouldn't melt in your mouth?

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-Good idea.

-OK. Reset.

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I need to process your note, Bob, in my trailer.

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What the hell is she doing on this set during my scene?

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Running off at the mouth about my performance?

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And you, you just sitting there like a wet dog!

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Where the hell are your balls?

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Bette can say whatever she wants. She's a producer.

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What?!

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I made her associate producer. It was the only way

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to get her to sign on. She was holding the picture hostage.

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No, I don't want that! Goddamn it!

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Go on, Mamacita. Leave us alone.

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You made her a producer?

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Joanie, the title's meaningless.

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Bette just needs to feel she has authority.

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I have been working day and night to prepare for this role.

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Nothing's changed. You're still going to be great.

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You have no idea how much harder

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I have to work to be taken seriously as an actress.

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I didn't get my start in the theatre, like Miss Bette Davis.

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I broke in shaking my fringe in nightclubs.

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I'd come home after a gig with scotch on my dress,

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and I'll always have that stain on me

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and I'll always have to prove them wrong, and I can't...

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do it on Charlotte, because she won't let me!

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Joanie, you have to let go of that anger to her.

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-You can't give her the fight.

-I am not angry with her!

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I'm angry with you.

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God, I must have been such a fool,

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thinking that you were paying me this great tribute

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by promising me top billing.

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And all the while, behind my back, you were promising her

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exactly what she deserved - producer.

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Well, Bob...

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..do you think I deserve it, too?

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Joanie, don't put me on the spot.

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You know what I'm going to enjoy?

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I'm going to enjoy watching you learn

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just how meaningless Bette thinks this title is.

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Where's Joan?

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Oh, she's out catching groundhogs to replenish her wig supply.

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You have to catch them in the dead of night.

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Why do you keep saying that? It's not nice.

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It's hard for a woman, losing her hair.

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-HE STUTTERS:

-Her femin-in...

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Femin-in-inity.

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-You should be nice.

-It's a joke, Victor!

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Oh, my God. Stop drinking. It's making you soft.

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Oh, you should have seen how the most beautiful woman that ever lived

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treated me back in the day.

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And I remember thinking then...

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"..Beauty fades. Just wait."

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-And it did.

-Well, I remember seeing her in Humoresque,

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shunned by John Garfield, marching into the ocean,

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every hair in place.

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Beauty, dignity and death, all in one exquisite pose.

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She marched into the sea to her death...

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..and never got her hair wet.

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Well...

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..it meant a lot to me.

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Turndown service, Miss Davis?

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I wish I had known for a single day

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what it feels like to walk into a room

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and knock them out without a single word.

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Bette, you don't even know yourself.

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You've been too long in this business.

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Oh, you have no idea what it's like to be a woman in this business,

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with the constant scrutiny and competition.

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Ah, do we have to go through this melodrama right now?

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Fuck you, Bob.

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All right, tell me. Then tell me.

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No. You tell me, Mr Director Man.

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Have you ever been rebuffed by a woman because of how you look?

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I'm betting no.

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I'm guessing that your success was enough,

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that they fucked you despite your beer gut

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and your middle-age sag. Am I right?

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I don't make up the rules.

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My first screen test with Jack Warner,

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I stuck around and I hid behind a door

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because I wanted to hear his reaction.

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Did he see my talent, my humour, my intelligence,

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my brave attack on the scene?

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But he wasn't interested in any of that.

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-Guess what he said?

-What did he say?

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He said I had "zero sex appeal."

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He said, "Who would want to fuck that?"

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I was 22.

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And nobody ever had.

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You should go to bed.

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Guess who he said he wished I looked like?

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Joan Crawford.

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Why wouldn't I tell him that his pure, darling little girl

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was having a dirty little affair with a married man?

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You vile, sorry little bitch!

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How did I know it was going to end in murder

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with John being butchered?

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-Cut. Fantastic, Joanie, fantastic.

-BELL RINGS

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OK, turning around on Bette.

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You all right?

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No, I'm fine. It's just so hot.

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Yeah. It's a little different down here

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than the freezing cold sound stage.

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Bob! Bob, where do you want me for Bette's off-camera?

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You know, I don't think I need you.

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It's tight. I can have the script girl give me your lines.

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But it's our scene.

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I mean, don't you want me here to give you something to build on?

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You already have. Why don't you find

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a dark air-conditioned spot and lie down?

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Hello?

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Hello!

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-Lucille.

-This entire production

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is an elaborate opportunity for you to humiliate me, isn't it?

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-What are you talking about?

-You, Bob,

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the whole fucking crew abandoned me out at that plantation!

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-Mamacita had to find a phone and call a city cab...

-Jesus, Joan.

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-..to bring us back.

-I had no idea.

-No, I don't believe you.

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The proclaimed alliance back in Los Angeles,

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you never had any intention of honouring.

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-That is not true.

-Christ, what a fool I was

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to sign up for this picture.

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And a bigger fool to think I could ever trust you.

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I need you to be brilliant.

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I'm just trying to help you get there.

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Oh, you're giving me a hand up?

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Because you're the superior talent.

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Well, I don't want your help.

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You've always been overrated.

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I guess that explains my 11 Oscar nominations.

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The Academy doesn't reward you for your talent,

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for Christ's sakes, Bette.

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They reward you because they see how hard you sweat.

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They don't see the character, they see the acting.

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And they don't see you at all because of all your glamour make-up.

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Well, let me give you a tip.

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The answer to feeling unattractive isn't to make yourself even uglier!

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I'm a character actress.

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Well, I said what I came to say.

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I'm going to bed.

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Joan.

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How did it feel to be the most beautiful girl in the world?

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It was wonderful.

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The most joyous thing you could ever imagine,

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and it was never enough.

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Well, what about you?

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How did it feel to be the most talented girl in the world?

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Great.

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But it was never enough.

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THUNDER RUMBLES

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From Mr Aldrich.

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Oh, thank you, driver.

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Well, at least he remembered to send a car this time.

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Maybe now that we are back in Los Angeles

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things will go more smooth.

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-Call sheet for Monday.

-Let me see.

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"Report to 20th Century Fox...

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"..stage seven, scene 42, 6:00 am."

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Scene 42.

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Oh, that's my scene with Mr Cotten.

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The seduction scene, it's a wonderful scene.

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And Bette's not in it.

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What's this?

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Script revisions?

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For what?

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Where is my monologue?

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What? It's all been cut.

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This is her doing and Bob is colluding with her.

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That's why he sent the car, to soften the blow.

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Driver, I'm not going to Brentwood.

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Take me to Cedars-Sinai Hospital.

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I'm suddenly feeling very, very ill.

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Well, according to her doctors, it's respiratory.

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Respiratory? What a load of shit.

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She's faking it. She's mad because we trimmed a few of her lines,

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so she's holding up production.

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I used to play the same tricks

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when I was at Warner's under contract.

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We can't let her get away with it.

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Mother, Jeremy and I need to speak to you.

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Say hello to Mr Aldrich, BD.

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Yeah. Hello, Mr Aldrich.

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And this is her elderly playmate, Jerome.

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It's Jeremy, actually.

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He's got an accent.

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What is it, BD? I'm managing a crisis.

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Your whole life is managing a crisis.

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I just need you to sign these consent forms.

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Consent for what?

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For Jeremy and I to get married.

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Don't be ridiculous, you're 16 years old.

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And wise quite beyond her years.

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And that's a credit to you as a mother.

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Ah, don't sweet-talk me, bub.

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That English accent might thrill the little girls,

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but it does nothing for me. I played Elizabeth I, twice.

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You're not marrying a 40-year-old man.

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-I'm 29, actually.

-You're twice her age.

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Old enough to give your daughter everything she deserves -

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protection, affection and financial stability.

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I give her all that.

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We're in love, Mother.

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And we're getting married, whether it's now or two years from now

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when we won't need your permission.

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You don't want my permission, you want my attention.

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Now you have it, and the answer is no.

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Fine! Force your daughter into a life of sin,

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-if that's what you want.

-It is what I want.

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In fact, march yourself up those stairs

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to my bedroom and grab my copy of The Feminine Mystique,

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and read it before you ruin your life.

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What life? I have no life.

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Come on, Jeremy.

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A pleasure to have met you.

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Christ. I thought we had reached

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some kind of detente, but it's always a battle.

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But she's not going to win, not this time, Bob.

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Jesus, Bette.

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It's not a competition, she's your daughter.

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No. I meant Crawford.

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She's not going to shut down production.

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Not for one single day.

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WOMAN IN VOICEOVER: Dateline Hollywood, California.

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Production on 20th Century Fox's lavish Gothic drama

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Hush... Hush, Sweet Charlotte, continues despite rumblings

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that the back of a stand-in is doing the work of a star.

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Action!

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Miriam?

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I just can't believe it.

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You look marvellous.

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What is it you can't believe, Drew?

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That I'm here or that I look the way I do?

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Ah, come on, Miriam.

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Don't make fun of an old man.

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Cut!

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Whispers of a production shutdown

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have been dogging the project in recent weeks.

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And not far away, one of the picture's stars, Joan Crawford,

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recovers from what her doctors are calling a mystery ailment.

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Insiders say that Joan

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may just have a bad case of the BDs,

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as in Bette Davis.

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Rumours are that Bette's new role

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as a producer on the picture

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have made her even more demanding than ever.

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And after a string of lacklustre follow-ups

0:21:400:21:43

to the triumph of Baby Jane,

0:21:430:21:45

Bette really needs this one to work.

0:21:450:21:47

Nobody should be praying harder

0:21:470:21:49

for Joan's speedy recovery than Bette Davis.

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JOAN: Hedda, darling, tell your readers this:

0:21:520:21:56

I am bedded here with the script, making notes

0:21:560:21:58

and coming up with all sorts of wonderful ideas

0:21:580:22:01

for improvements.

0:22:010:22:03

And, as a result of my convalescence,

0:22:030:22:06

Charlotte is sure to be a much better picture

0:22:060:22:09

once I recover.

0:22:090:22:11

MUSIC: You Don't Own Me by Lesley Gore

0:22:170:22:19

KNOCK ON DOOR

0:22:190:22:20

Well, Bob, what a lovely surprise.

0:22:230:22:25

MUSIC CONTINUES

0:22:250:22:27

Mamacita, turn that off.

0:22:270:22:28

Uh, c-could you give us a few moments, please?

0:22:300:22:33

Seeing you is a tonic.

0:22:360:22:39

Has it really been 12 days?

0:22:390:22:41

I would have come sooner, Joanie, but...

0:22:410:22:43

..I've been busy trying to keep a train on track.

0:22:430:22:46

Well, I'm touched you could find a spare moment.

0:22:460:22:49

I have nothing but spare moments.

0:22:490:22:51

I've run out of material to shoot.

0:22:510:22:53

If I don't roll cameras on you tomorrow morning,

0:22:540:22:56

the studio's threatening to close us down.

0:22:560:22:59

I need you to come back to work, Joanie.

0:23:000:23:02

Bob, you know that's all I want.

0:23:020:23:03

Great.

0:23:030:23:05

Now, Bette's agreed to behave herself.

0:23:050:23:07

So tomorrow 7am on set,

0:23:070:23:08

otherwise the show's off.

0:23:080:23:10

Or is that what you want?

0:23:110:23:13

Perhaps now would be a good time

0:23:130:23:15

to discuss some of my thoughts about the script.

0:23:150:23:17

I've given it a very close read

0:23:170:23:20

and I have a few suggestions that I think

0:23:200:23:22

could make all the difference.

0:23:220:23:24

First of all, Bob,

0:23:250:23:27

we know so little about Miriam.

0:23:270:23:29

Wouldn't it be wonderful to see her in the bloom of her youth?

0:23:290:23:33

Is it really believable

0:23:330:23:35

that Miriam has only one suitor?

0:23:350:23:37

Shouldn't she have more beaus?

0:23:370:23:40

How many more beaus?

0:23:400:23:41

Two.

0:23:410:23:42

A politician and an attorney.

0:23:420:23:44

And, really,

0:23:460:23:47

her entrance into the picture?

0:23:470:23:49

Oh, it's all wrong.

0:23:490:23:50

A taxi cab, Bob? No.

0:23:500:23:53

Well, how about a flying carpet?

0:23:530:23:54

Oh, Bob!

0:23:560:23:57

No, but it is the South.

0:23:570:23:59

She should be greeted back home

0:23:590:24:02

with a big Southern ball.

0:24:020:24:05

I mean, just think of the production value.

0:24:050:24:07

Think of the money.

0:24:070:24:08

But, of course,

0:24:080:24:09

I'm not a producer.

0:24:090:24:11

I'm only an actress.

0:24:110:24:12

But it would be money well spent.

0:24:120:24:14

Charlotte's a recluse.

0:24:140:24:16

She wouldn't be hosting a ball in a decaying mansion.

0:24:160:24:18

I'm not suggesting she host it.

0:24:180:24:20

She can be there, of course.

0:24:200:24:22

In a corner, hidden.

0:24:220:24:24

Under the stairs, watching.

0:24:240:24:26

All we see are her big eyes.

0:24:260:24:29

You know, Joan,

0:24:320:24:33

the last time I let an actor call all the shots,

0:24:330:24:36

I made 4 For Texas.

0:24:360:24:37

I can't afford another bomb.

0:24:370:24:39

If Charlotte doesn't work, I'm back making crap TV.

0:24:390:24:43

So I suggest you put down your fucking script

0:24:430:24:46

and pick up your fucking contract

0:24:460:24:48

and give that a close fucking read.

0:24:480:24:50

Tomorrow morning, 7am,

0:24:530:24:54

and not a minute later.

0:24:540:24:56

Oh, Jake, how great to see you.

0:25:050:25:08

Thank you.

0:25:080:25:09

Oh, Sonny, nice to see you again.

0:25:090:25:11

Christ on a crutch.

0:25:110:25:14

She thinks we're still doing the last picture.

0:25:140:25:17

This is good here, dear.

0:25:190:25:20

Yes, thank you.

0:25:200:25:21

Oh, thank you, thank you all so much.

0:25:280:25:30

I can't tell you what it means to me to be back here.

0:25:300:25:33

I guess this old workhorse is only really happy

0:25:330:25:36

when she's out in the field.

0:25:360:25:37

Welcome back, Lucille.

0:25:490:25:51

I removed the thorns.

0:25:510:25:53

And...action.

0:25:570:25:58

Oh, come on, Miriam.

0:25:580:25:59

Don't make fun of an old man.

0:25:590:26:01

You know I never was any good at expressing myself.

0:26:010:26:05

Well, that's not so at all, Drew.

0:26:050:26:06

You were always very quick with your compliments.

0:26:060:26:09

It was your intentions that sometimes were a little vague.

0:26:090:26:12

We used to slide down this banister,

0:26:120:26:14

the three of us, and I was

0:26:140:26:16

always the champion.

0:26:160:26:18

Oh, we just let you win

0:26:180:26:19

cos you were the youngest.

0:26:190:26:20

-Stop it.

-Cut.

0:26:200:26:22

-What?

-I'm sorry, it's too long. I mean, she's here

0:26:230:26:26

to see Charlotte, she should just get on with it.

0:26:260:26:28

No, I have another page of dialogue

0:26:280:26:30

with Mr Cotten.

0:26:300:26:31

Yes, we should cut that.

0:26:310:26:33

You OK, Joan?

0:26:350:26:37

No, I just felt a little dizzy, I'm sorry. I...

0:26:370:26:40

I had a rather light breakfast.

0:26:400:26:43

Oh...

0:26:430:26:44

Oh.

0:26:450:26:46

I can't breathe.

0:26:500:26:51

I can't believe you let her get away with it.

0:26:580:27:00

You know I was right about the scene.

0:27:000:27:01

You know what, Bette? Being right doesn't mean shit

0:27:010:27:03

if you're driving talent off the stage.

0:27:030:27:05

You want to be a producer? Well, a producer gets results.

0:27:050:27:08

You want to be a lion tamer? Great.

0:27:080:27:10

Go tame the goddamn lion.

0:27:100:27:12

That's a wrap!

0:27:140:27:15

-TV:

-You won't have to bother now.

0:27:230:27:24

Oh, yes, I do. My share...

0:27:240:27:27

DOOR SLAMS

0:27:270:27:28

Fine. You can get married, but I'm in charge of everything.

0:27:280:27:32

JOAN COUGHS

0:27:350:27:37

-Better, Joan?

-Thank you.

0:27:370:27:39

Ray, is there some reason we're not getting started?

0:27:390:27:42

It's very taxing for Miss Crawford to be out of bed in her condition.

0:27:420:27:45

Bed is the last place that woman gets any rest.

0:27:450:27:48

-Gentlemen.

-Miss Davis, please remember what we discussed.

0:27:480:27:51

Gentlemen.

0:27:550:27:56

There's now been 29 days since Miss Crawford completed

0:27:560:27:59

a full day's work on Charlotte, resulting in

0:27:590:28:02

expensive delays and cost overruns for this studio.

0:28:020:28:05

Our insurer, to this point,

0:28:050:28:07

has covered those losses on the basis

0:28:070:28:09

of Miss Crawford's diagnosis

0:28:090:28:11

of a rare form of pneumonia.

0:28:110:28:13

But her health does not seem to be improving.

0:28:130:28:16

-That's because her condition is mental.

-Is Miss Davis' presence

0:28:160:28:19

in this meeting constructive or necessary?

0:28:190:28:21

I'm a producer on this picture. I'm in all the meetings

0:28:210:28:23

whether your client likes it or not.

0:28:230:28:25

According to Bob, it's a vanity title.

0:28:250:28:27

It was. And that was my fault.

0:28:270:28:30

But not any more.

0:28:300:28:32

From now on, my stamp is on everything.

0:28:320:28:35

As I was saying, given that Miss Crawford's condition

0:28:350:28:38

does not seem to be improving,

0:28:380:28:40

the studio would like to give her the freedom to devote

0:28:400:28:42

all her energy to getting well again.

0:28:420:28:44

In that spirit, we're offering to release her from all

0:28:440:28:47

contractual obligations.

0:28:470:28:49

Mr Aldrich is ready to start looking

0:28:490:28:51

for somebody else to play Miriam.

0:28:510:28:52

Ray, we all know there is no

0:28:520:28:55

Hush... Hush, Sweet Charlotte

0:28:550:28:56

without a reteaming of Crawford and Davis.

0:28:560:28:58

Wrong. This is not a sequel to Baby Jane.

0:28:580:29:01

And there will be no need to resort to a poor substitute.

0:29:010:29:03

Miss Crawford is following all her doctor's instructions

0:29:030:29:06

to the letter, with the genuine intention

0:29:060:29:08

of returning to work as soon as possible.

0:29:080:29:10

Well, Leonard, I'll be candid.

0:29:100:29:13

Our insurer has doubts

0:29:130:29:14

about how genuine those intentions are.

0:29:140:29:16

They insist that your client

0:29:160:29:19

submit to an independent medical exam.

0:29:190:29:21

Tiny Tim over there isn't going to let your doctors

0:29:210:29:23

get anywhere near her.

0:29:230:29:24

She's gassing us all with her VapoRub for show.

0:29:240:29:28

She's not sick. She's on strike.

0:29:280:29:30

Until Bob accepts all her loony script changes

0:29:300:29:33

and makes her the star of Charlotte.

0:29:330:29:35

Miss Davis, if you're incapable of restraining yourself,

0:29:350:29:38

I'll have to ask you to leave.

0:29:380:29:40

I would be perfectly happy

0:29:470:29:49

to submit to an independent exam.

0:29:490:29:51

Very well.

0:29:520:29:53

But before you reject our initial offer,

0:29:530:29:56

know that if our doctor

0:29:560:29:58

clears Miss Crawford to return to work

0:29:580:29:59

and she fails to do so, we will sue her

0:29:590:30:02

to recoup every cent of our losses.

0:30:020:30:05

Splendid. And I want chimes to ring the moment they become man and wife.

0:30:090:30:13

Just as their lips touch. Can that be arranged?

0:30:130:30:15

We have bells at the church. They toll.

0:30:150:30:18

Oh, I don't want a funeral bell.

0:30:180:30:20

I want a glorious, joyful chime.

0:30:200:30:23

Er...what do you think of that, BD?

0:30:230:30:26

Sure.

0:30:260:30:27

Do you like it or not? It's your wedding.

0:30:280:30:30

Whatever you think's best.

0:30:300:30:32

Could you all please go into the dining room

0:30:340:30:36

and give us a moment? Thank you.

0:30:360:30:38

Darling, I want you to answer me truthfully,

0:30:380:30:41

and don't for a second worry about the consequences.

0:30:410:30:44

Are you having second thoughts

0:30:450:30:47

about marrying Jeremy?

0:30:470:30:49

What? No. I just don't see

0:30:490:30:51

why we have to make such a big production out of the wedding.

0:30:510:30:54

Well, I'll tell you why.

0:30:540:30:57

A wedding is a big, special party because

0:30:570:30:59

everything after that is hard work and repetition.

0:30:590:31:02

It's work to keep a house.

0:31:020:31:05

It's work to fix him the same goddamn glass of Scotch

0:31:050:31:08

every night and feign interest while he rants about his boss.

0:31:080:31:11

It's work to tolerate

0:31:110:31:13

his forgetting to ask you about your day,

0:31:130:31:16

and your feelings, and your thoughts.

0:31:160:31:18

And it's work to feel like a staging ground

0:31:180:31:21

for someone else's ambitions.

0:31:210:31:23

You just described my life with you.

0:31:230:31:25

Well, then I've prepared you to be a good wife.

0:31:270:31:30

And I'm going to miss you terribly when you're gone.

0:31:320:31:34

This wedding is something I can give you.

0:31:370:31:39

And if you want it,

0:31:390:31:41

I want it to be perfect.

0:31:410:31:43

Your first wedding is the one that you remember the most.

0:31:450:31:48

My first wedding?

0:31:480:31:50

Jeremy and I are forever.

0:31:510:31:53

Of course, darling, I...

0:31:530:31:54

Of course.

0:31:540:31:55

And however long that forever lasts,

0:31:550:31:59

I want you know that you will always

0:31:590:32:01

have a place to come home to.

0:32:010:32:03

Christ, is that why you agreed to this,

0:32:030:32:05

because you thought I'd come running back?

0:32:050:32:07

-No, no, no, no, no, no...

-No, Mother.

0:32:070:32:09

I'm leaving.

0:32:090:32:10

I'm going to be Jeremy's wife, not yours.

0:32:100:32:14

Oh, and guess what?

0:32:140:32:16

For your information,

0:32:160:32:18

my first wedding was perfect.

0:32:180:32:21

It was Saturday...at City Hall.

0:32:210:32:24

We did it the minute you signed the consent form.

0:32:240:32:26

And there were no chimes for our first kiss

0:32:260:32:29

and it was beautiful.

0:32:290:32:31

So all of this...

0:32:310:32:33

..you're not doing it for me.

0:32:330:32:35

You're doing it for you.

0:32:350:32:37

Just a slightly elevated temperature.

0:32:530:32:55

Really? I feel so warm. Feverish.

0:32:550:32:58

Do you suppose it's neurological?

0:32:580:33:00

What other symptoms are you experiencing?

0:33:000:33:02

Well, light-headedness and...

0:33:020:33:03

..dizzy spells in the most inopportune moments.

0:33:030:33:07

Breathe in.

0:33:090:33:11

Deeper, please.

0:33:120:33:14

SHE COUGHS Oh.

0:33:150:33:16

Excuse me.

0:33:180:33:20

Lately I've only been able to manage the...

0:33:200:33:23

shallowest of breaths.

0:33:230:33:25

Bob can call me if he needs, but there's really not much to it.

0:33:300:33:33

-Officially, she's completely clear.

-You've got to be kidding me.

0:33:330:33:36

-Good luck with her.

-Thank you.

0:33:360:33:38

Well, he says you can come back to work, Joan.

0:33:400:33:43

Said he'll clear you for a marathon, if you want.

0:33:430:33:45

He's the studio's doctor.

0:33:450:33:47

What did you expect him to say?

0:33:470:33:49

He also said you tried to seduce him.

0:33:490:33:50

That is ridiculous and offensive.

0:33:500:33:53

Mamacita, take me to the car.

0:33:530:33:55

This whole experience has been very fatiguing.

0:33:550:34:00

I'm asking you as a fan.

0:34:000:34:02

Do not do this to yourself.

0:34:020:34:03

And what is it you imagine I'm doing?

0:34:030:34:05

Losing every ally. They are going to sue you.

0:34:050:34:08

No-one will stop them. You're ending your career.

0:34:080:34:10

How dare you? You're a secretary.

0:34:100:34:13

Stop following me around, nipping at my heels,

0:34:130:34:15

impugning my integrity.

0:34:150:34:17

The moment I get home, I'm calling Bob

0:34:170:34:19

and demanding you be taken off of Charlotte.

0:34:190:34:21

Don't bother. I've already told Bob that I am done after this.

0:34:210:34:25

I came out here to work.

0:34:250:34:27

That seems to be the last thing that anyone cares about.

0:34:270:34:29

I don't know if this town attracts narcissists

0:34:290:34:31

or actually creates them.

0:34:310:34:33

But I have no intention of sticking around to find out.

0:34:330:34:36

Good luck, Joan.

0:34:380:34:40

What did I think of what Joan did?

0:34:420:34:43

I thought it was pretty great.

0:34:430:34:45

You didn't think it was... undignified?

0:34:450:34:48

Faking sick?

0:34:480:34:50

Let me tell you something.

0:34:500:34:51

At a certain point, a woman becomes invisible.

0:34:510:34:55

You get fat or old...

0:34:550:34:57

..people don't even see you any more.

0:34:570:34:59

Oh, come on, think of it this way -

0:34:590:35:02

you've been eating in a restaurant your whole life.

0:35:020:35:05

You're a great customer.

0:35:050:35:07

Good tipper. Staff loves you. You spend all your money there.

0:35:070:35:10

And then one day, they won't serve you.

0:35:100:35:14

Won't take your money.

0:35:140:35:15

Won't even let you see the menu.

0:35:150:35:18

Well, who could blame you

0:35:180:35:20

for wanting to stand up and rip the tablecloth off?

0:35:200:35:23

DOORBELL RINGS

0:35:230:35:24

Mamacita?

0:35:280:35:29

Will you get the door?

0:35:290:35:31

Tell them I'm in the bath.

0:35:310:35:33

DOORBELL RINGS AGAIN

0:35:360:35:37

Mamacita!

0:35:380:35:40

KNOCK ON DOOR

0:35:420:35:44

Oh.

0:35:440:35:45

KNOCKING CONTINUES

0:35:490:35:50

-Yes?

-Good morning, ma'am. Are you Miss Joan Crawford?

0:36:020:36:05

They make me ask that.

0:36:070:36:08

Please sign for documents from 20th Century Fox.

0:36:080:36:11

-What is it?

-That's above my pay grade.

0:36:130:36:15

I just make sure you can't deny receipt in court.

0:36:150:36:17

Have a happy day, ma'am.

0:36:170:36:18

SHE GASPS

0:36:300:36:31

Wearing a 100,000 sapphire necklace

0:36:510:36:53

over a hospital gown by Dior,

0:36:530:36:56

Joan Crawford is the most glamorous and popular patient

0:36:560:36:59

in the celebrity wing of Cedars-Sinai Hospital.

0:36:590:37:01

Each day, doctors and nurses line up for the privilege

0:37:010:37:04

of taking care of the ailing movie queen.

0:37:040:37:07

Meanwhile, production on her latest picture,

0:37:070:37:10

20th Century Fox's Hush...Hush, Sweet Charlotte

0:37:100:37:12

has been halted indefinitely.

0:37:120:37:15

And with cast and crew still on full salary,

0:37:150:37:17

Charlotte's shaping up to be one of 20th's priciest pictures this year.

0:37:170:37:21

What can you possibly hope to gain by delaying production any further?

0:37:230:37:27

You'll get no concessions.

0:37:270:37:28

Concessions? Oh, no.

0:37:280:37:30

We're way beyond that. I don't want concessions.

0:37:300:37:33

I want blood. I want to shut this picture down.

0:37:330:37:35

Oh, Joan.

0:37:350:37:37

I'll lose hundreds of thousands of dollars

0:37:370:37:40

but so will Bette.

0:37:400:37:42

And I can live happily and frugally just knowing that.

0:37:420:37:47

And Bob Aldrich can shutter his production company

0:37:480:37:51

and end his career directing shitty television.

0:37:510:37:55

Fuck them both.

0:37:550:37:57

You were always ambitious.

0:37:570:38:00

But when did you become so vindictive?

0:38:000:38:03

I've always been valued for my beauty.

0:38:030:38:06

And more times than not,

0:38:060:38:08

nothing else.

0:38:080:38:10

But now the only bed I can find any power in

0:38:100:38:12

is this hospital bed.

0:38:120:38:14

Well, why don't you free yourself from all this?

0:38:140:38:17

Tell 'em you're too ill to continue.

0:38:170:38:20

Let them recast the role.

0:38:200:38:21

Oh, they've already tried. I know that.

0:38:210:38:24

They've gone out to Loretta Young, to Stanwyck.

0:38:240:38:27

Both dear friends of mine. No, there isn't an actress in town

0:38:270:38:30

who would take food out of my mouth.

0:38:300:38:32

That's because most of them don't eat.

0:38:320:38:34

Don't fool yourself, Joanie.

0:38:360:38:38

You watch and see, George.

0:38:390:38:41

Next week at this time,

0:38:420:38:44

that picture will be cancelled,

0:38:440:38:46

and Joan Crawford will make a sudden

0:38:460:38:51

and remarkable recovery.

0:38:510:38:52

Tell Zanuck no. Absolutely not!

0:38:580:39:01

I am not going to do this slice of Americana

0:39:010:39:03

with the very British Miss Vivien Leigh.

0:39:030:39:05

Who would believe her as a Southern belle?

0:39:050:39:07

She played Scarlett O'Hara.

0:39:070:39:09

Unconvincingly.

0:39:090:39:10

Do you want to make this movie, Bette,

0:39:100:39:12

-or don't you?

-I don't want to just make it.

0:39:120:39:14

I want to make it properly,

0:39:140:39:15

And it's got to be someone I can work with, someone I trust.

0:39:150:39:18

Someone who's right for the goddamn part.

0:39:180:39:21

Now call her!

0:39:210:39:22

Darlings, I'm so flattered you thought about me.

0:39:250:39:29

But it's impossible.

0:39:290:39:30

I've only just aired out my Swiss chalet for the season.

0:39:300:39:34

And, besides, I've done my turn at Grand Guignol already.

0:39:340:39:38

Aggh!

0:39:390:39:40

Help! Please help!

0:39:400:39:43

I'm trapped in a small private elevator!

0:39:430:39:46

The whole experience just left me feeling...humiliated,

0:39:460:39:51

and I'd rather not repeat it.

0:39:510:39:52

Oh, no, Olivia. This is completely different.

0:39:520:39:55

This time you're not the victim.

0:39:550:39:56

You'd be the villainess.

0:39:560:39:58

Oh, no. I don't do bitches.

0:39:580:40:00

They make me so unhappy.

0:40:000:40:02

You should call my sister.

0:40:020:40:04

So you can imagine my surprise two days later when I opened my door

0:40:060:40:10

to a very dishevelled Mr Robert Aldrich.

0:40:100:40:13

He had taken three planes, a train,

0:40:130:40:17

a taxi up a goat trail, just to get to see me.

0:40:170:40:20

So of course I heard him out.

0:40:200:40:22

And, what do you know, he had a very different image

0:40:220:40:25

for Cousin Miriam.

0:40:250:40:26

FANFARE ON RADIO

0:40:260:40:27

News from Tinseltown!

0:40:360:40:37

It looks like 20th Century Fox's beleaguered production,

0:40:370:40:40

Hush...Hush, Sweet Charlotte is back on again.

0:40:400:40:43

The studio is saying bye-bye, Joan Crawford,

0:40:430:40:46

and hello to Miss Olivia de Havilland!

0:40:460:40:48

-They can't do that.

-Miss de Havilland,

0:40:480:40:49

another two-time Academy Award-winning actress,

0:40:490:40:52

-joins her old pal, Bette Davis.

-No!

0:40:520:40:55

The pair last worked together in 1942 on In This Our Life.

0:40:550:40:58

No!

0:40:580:40:59

No! No!

0:40:590:41:01

Oh!

0:41:010:41:04

JOAN WEEPS

0:41:070:41:09

No! No.

0:41:090:41:10

Wait, what are you doing?

0:41:130:41:15

-Mamacita.

-Leaving.

0:41:150:41:17

I told you the next time you throw something at my head,

0:41:170:41:19

I leave.

0:41:190:41:21

Now I leave.

0:41:210:41:22

No! No, wait!

0:41:220:41:24

No. Mamacita, wait! Please.

0:41:240:41:28

You can't leave me now!

0:41:280:41:31

Not after what they've done to me.

0:41:310:41:33

You have done this to yourself.

0:41:330:41:35

No!

0:41:350:41:37

# Hush hush, sweet Charlotte

0:41:370:41:40

# Charlotte, don't you cry

0:41:420:41:46

# Hush hush, sweet Charlotte

0:41:480:41:51

# He'll love you till he dies...

0:41:510:41:57

Livvie!

0:41:570:41:58

# Oh, hold him, darling

0:41:580:42:00

# Please hold him tight... #

0:42:000:42:02

Livvie! Oh, my darling.

0:42:020:42:05

And do you feel guilty at all

0:42:050:42:07

about ending Joan Crawford's career?

0:42:070:42:08

Time did that all on its own...

0:42:100:42:11

..as it does to us all.

0:42:130:42:14

# You dreamed that he said goodbye

0:42:140:42:19

# Hush hush, sweet Charlotte

0:42:200:42:25

# He'll love you

0:42:250:42:28

# Till he dies... #

0:42:280:42:33

Joan begins filming in Louisiana and is frustrated by the convivial atmosphere that Bette is creating with her co-stars as she tries to sleep. She is even further frustrated when Bette insists on watching her scenes being shot. On confronting director Robert Aldrich, he admits that Bette can do what she wants since she has been made an associate producer on Hush... Hush, Sweet Charlotte.


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