« Tenor Placido Domingo to add Rigoletto to his new baritone repertoire | Main | Charles Mackerras, eminent Australian conductor, dies at 84 »

July 14, 2010

Midweek musical relief: Bette Davis 'sings'

If your week is going as well as mine, you could use a lift right about now, and this aghast-from-the-past ought to provide a nice bit of humorous distraction.

It's the otherwise great Bette Davis on an Andy Williams show from the 1960s "singing" a cheesy rock-ish song titled after the hit movie she shared with Joan Crawford at the time, "What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?" The real question is what ever was Bette thinking? Talk about a horror.

It sure is funny, though. Don't blame me if you find yourself humming this fabulous tune for weeks on end. Enjoy:

Posted by Tim Smith at 4:59 PM | | Comments (2)


Thanks! I also remember that she sang "They're either too young or too old" in one of the WWII canteen movies. She was also in a musical version of the "The Corn is Green" that died before making it to Broadway..go figure! But even in all awfulness, she was great to watch!

I love that "Too Old or Too Young" number, especially when she gets into the wild jitterbug routine. Great fun. She was always worth watching, that's for sure. TIM

The Bette Davis musical "Miss Moffatt" didn't make it to Broadway, but (according to advertising material I've seen)it had it's world premere on September 9, 1974 at the Mechanic Theatre in Charles Center. The orchestral seats were a rather step, for the time, $9.50. Interestingly, for a show that closed on the road, there was an original cast album made which is currently available in the UK.

Post a comment

All comments must be approved by the blog author. Please do not resubmit comments if they do not immediately appear. You are not required to use your full name when posting, but you should use a real e-mail address. Comments may be republished in print, but we will not publish your e-mail address. Our full Terms of Service are available here.

Verification (needed to reduce spam):

About Tim Smith
Born and raised in Washington, D.C., I couldn't help but develop a keen interest in politics, but music, theater and visual art also proved great attractions. Music became my main focus after high school. I thought about being a cocktail pianist, but I hated taking requests, so I studied music history instead, earning a B.A. in that field from Eisenhower College (Seneca Falls, N.Y.) and an M.A. from Occidental College (Los Angeles). I then landed in journalism. After freelancing for the Washington Post and others, I was classical music critic for the Sun-Sentinel in South Florida, where I also contributed to NPR. I've written for the New York Times, BBC Music Magazine and other publications, and I'm a longtime contributor to Opera News. My book, The NPR Curious Listener's Guide to Classical Music (Perigee, 2002), can be found on the most discerning remainder racks.

I joined the Baltimore Sun as classical music critic in 2000 and, in 2009, also became theater critic, giving me the opportunity to annoy a whole new audience. In 2010, my original Clef Notes blog expanded to encompass a theatrical component -- how could I resist calling it Drama Queens? I hope you'll find both sides of this blog coin worth exploring and reacting to; your own comments are always welcome and valued (well, most of them, at least).

Think of this as your open-all-hours, cyber green room, where there's always a performer or performance to discuss, some news to digest, or maybe just a little good gossip to share.
Note: Tim Smith now writes about the fine arts at This blog will be kept in place as an archive for an indefinite period. Please visit the new location to get the latest Mid-Atlantic arts coverage.
View the Artsmash blog

Baltimore Sun coverage
Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
Marin Alsop
Famous faces in classical music
Sign up for FREE entertainment alerts
Get free Sun alerts sent to your mobile phone.*
Get free Baltimore Sun mobile alerts
Sign up for nightlife text alerts

Returning user? Update preferences.
Sign up for more Sun text alerts
*Standard message and data rates apply. Click here for Frequently Asked Questions.
  • Weekend Watch newsletter
Plan your weekend with's best events, restaurant and movie reviews, TV picks and more delivered to you every Thursday for free.
See a sample | Sign up

Most Recent Comments
Stay connected