Who would have thought that the West End Whingers would be running an honest-to-god competition with a real prize? And in association with Bette Davis and Joan Crawford (kind of)?
But it’s true. You could win an original, signed (by the author, not the Whingers) US hardback copy of Shaun Considine’s delicious biography Bette & Joan: The Divine Feud complete with oodles of wonderful photographs thanks to the generosity of the author himself.
It was a timely offer from Mr Considine; Andrew had been on the verge of selling his shares in Siriami to bankroll his latest get-rich-quick scheme – a premium rate phone-in competition, an idea cruelly undermined by arch-villains Richard & Judy and Blue Peter.
Anyway, to the competition. As previously reported by the Whingers in their outstanding piece of investigative journalism (Phil is already clearing a space on his mantelpiece in preparation for 16th April), the Old Vic’s plans to stage Malcolm McKay’s play-of-the-book look pretty well scuppered.
However, a “motion picture” may yet be on the cards which would present some pretty interesting casting challenges. The Whingers had already earmarked Dame Judi Dench and Dame Maggie Smith as ideal candidates, but that’s too easy, apparently.
Mr Considine writes:
If any of your readers come up with the perfect pair (beside Judi and Maggie, who would be sublime for stage version) I will gift them with an inscribed copy of the original U.S. hardcover book – which has 36 pages of dazzling black-and-white noir photos.
So, all you have to do is leave a reply to this post with your suggestions for who might play Bette Davis and Joan Crawford (you will be asked for your email address but don’t worry: this won’t appear on the page and we promise not to send you any information about how to buy viagra).
To get you in the mood, why not watch this wonderful old trailer for Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?
And to complete your Baby Jane-fest, check out Rob Cress’s DearOldHollywood item on the locations as they are today. It is only the absence of time, initiative, sobriety, ability to focus, the ability to drive, a decent camera and a Hollywood address that stops the Whingers from doing exactly this kind of thing.
Now leave your reply below, and good luck. The competition closes at noon on Friday 6th April 2007. The winner will be announced on Friday 13th of course.