All About Eve

All About Eve

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Director: Joseph L. Mankiewicz

Cast: Bette Davis, Anne Baxter, George Sanders


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Based on the story The Wisdom of Eve by Mary Orr, All About Eve is an elegantly bitchy backstage story revolving around aspiring actress Eve Harrington (Anne Baxter). Tattered and forlorn, Eve shows up in the dressing room of Broadway mega-star Margo Channing (Bette Davis), weaving a melancholy life story to Margo and her friends. Taking pity on the girl…  See more details below


Based on the story The Wisdom of Eve by Mary Orr, All About Eve is an elegantly bitchy backstage story revolving around aspiring actress Eve Harrington (Anne Baxter). Tattered and forlorn, Eve shows up in the dressing room of Broadway mega-star Margo Channing (Bette Davis), weaving a melancholy life story to Margo and her friends. Taking pity on the girl, Margo takes Eve as her personal assistant. Before long, it becomes apparent that naïve Eve is a Machiavellian conniver who cold-bloodedly uses Margo, her director Bill Sampson (Gary Merill), Lloyd's wife Karen (Celeste Holm), and waspish critic Addison De Witt (George Sanders) to rise to the top of the theatrical heap. Also appearing in All About Eve is Marilyn Monroe, introduced by Addison De Witt as "a graduate of the Copacabana school of dramatic art." This is but one of the hundreds of unforgettable lines penned by writer/director Joseph L. Mankiewicz, the most famous of which is Margo Channing's lip-sneering admonition, "Fasten your seat belts. It's going to be a bumpy night." All About Eve received 6 Academy Awards, including Best Picture.

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A skewering satire of the theatre world, All About Eve entertains while it eviscerates. This is a film that really does have it all: Joseph L. Mankiewicz's sure-handed direction and gloriously poisonous screenplay, celluloid diva Bette Davis at her disdainful best, uniformly excellent performances from the supporting cast, and costumes that further demonstrate that designer Edith Head did indeed give good wardrobe. The fact that All About Eve swept the 1950 Academy Awards speaks to all of these qualities, but a great deal of the film's historical and cinematic importance lies in its content. For years, Broadway had taken aim at Hollywood, and now the tables were turned with considerable venom. Mankiewicz's script summoned into existence a whole array of painfully recognizable theatre types, from the aging, egomaniacal grand dame to the outwardly docile, inwardly scheming ingenue to the powerful critic who reeks of malignant charm. The fact that the film succeeds in delivering such a wallop without descending into bitchy tirade makes it an enduring testament to the powers of elegant satire, further proof that there is no more dangerous combination than wit and a typewriter.

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20th Century Fox
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Special Features

Closed Caption; Disc 1: ; Commentary by actor Celeste Holm, Joseph Mankiewicz biographer Ken Geist and Christpher Mankiewicz; Commentary by author Sam Staggs; Isolated score track; ; Disc 2: ; Directed by Joseph L. Makiewicz featurette; Joseph L. Makiewicz: A Personal Journey featurette; The Real Eve featurette; The Secret of Sarah Siddons featurette; AMC Backstory: All About Eve; Fox Movietonews: Academy Awards Honor Best Film Achievements, Hollywood attends Gala Premier of All About Eve; Holiday Magazine Awards, Look Magazine Awards; Restoration comparison; Original theatrical trailer and more!

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Bette Davis Margo Channing
Anne Baxter Eve Harrington
George Sanders Addison De Witt
Celeste Holm Karen Richards
Gary Merrill Bill Sampson
Hugh Marlowe Lloyd Richards
Thelma Ritter Birdie Coonan
Marilyn Monroe Miss Claudia Caswell
Gregory Ratoff Max Fabian
Barbara Bates Phoebe
Walter Hampden Aged Actor (Speaker at Dinner)
Randy Stuart Girl
Craig Hill Leading Man
Barbara White Autograph Seeker
William Pullen Clerk
Claude Stroud Pianist
Eugene Borden Frenchman
Helen Mowery Reporter
Steven Geray Captain of Waiters
Bess Flowers Well-Wisher
Ed Fisher Stage Manager

Technical Credits
Joseph L. Mankiewicz Director,Original Story,Screenwriter
George W. Davis Art Director
W.D. Flick Sound/Sound Designer
Gaston Glass Asst. Director
Edith Head Costumes/Costume Designer
Roger Heman Sound/Sound Designer
Milton Krasner Cinematographer
Charles LeMaire Costumes/Costume Designer
Thomas K. Little Set Decoration/Design
Barbara McLean Editor
Alfred Newman Score Composer
Ben Nye Makeup
Walter Scott Set Decoration/Design
Fred Sersen Special Effects
Lyle Wheeler Art Director
Darryl F. Zanuck Producer

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- All About Eve: Feature Film
1. Main Titles [1:04]
2. The Sarah Siddons Award [6:17]
3. Only Last October [2:22]
4. Meet Margo Channing [5:20]
5. How It Started [6:36]
6. What Is Theater? [3:13]
7. At the Airport [2:35]
8. Eve Moves In [4:07]
9. Midnight Caller [6:02]
10. Paranoiac Insecurity? [5:24]
11. Bill's Welcome Home Birthday Party [10:19]
12. The New Understudy [3:02]
13. A Breed Apart [2:47]
14. The Party's Over [3:31]
15. A Mass of Fire and Music [3:34]
16. Coming Unglued [9:25]
17. A Perfectly Harmless Joke [9:11]
18. Forward Pass [6:02]
19. Addison's Review [4:08]
20. Lloyd's Idea [3:25]
21. The Club Room [3:46]
22. A Simple Exchange of Favors [7:03]
23. "What's So Funny?" [3:22]
24. Footsteps On the Ceiling [4:16]
25. Killer to Killer [8:48]
26. A Night to Remember [5:18]
27. Phoebe [6:08]
28. End Titles [:49]


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All About Eve 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
While some may feel that another picture deserved the "Best Picture" honors that year, I "heartily" agree with "All About Eve" being the ultimate recipient of the gilded guy. The elements - the players, the dialogue, the setting - not only were perfect for their time, but hold up well so many years later. The dialogue, so snappily and sharply flung by the cast as joyfully as one may play with darts, delights me each time I put this movie in my DVD player. My favorite line: "Remind me to tell you about the time I looked into the heart of an artichoke." Not one of the more quoted lines but a line that so brilliantly inspires my need to be sarcastic. The camaraderie of the characters (before and during the appearance of Eve) is so familiar and comfortable that it makes me feel that I am really a fly-on-the-wall of an actual backstage scenario, not just a made-up one. These people really have been dealing with each other's egos, successes and failures and adjusting "just fine". Then Eve shows up...
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This is certainly an all-time classic. At a time when her career was taking a down-turn, Bette Davis gives a commanding performance (too bad that she lost the Oscar that year). Ann Baxter is great as the conniving Eve. Marilyn Monroe's performance, though brief, certainly foreshadows what is in store for her in real life.
Guest More than 1 year ago
As a 17-year old, it may be surprising to people when I tell them my favorite movie is ''All About Eve.'' Without a doubt, this film is the most well-written I have ever seen, with dialogue that snaps and crackles the entire way through. Bette Davis is exceptional, giving the performance of her career (she was completely robbed of the Oscar). Anne Baxter is sensational as the conniving Eve, and George Sanders gives a cynical and enjoyable performance and theatre critic Addison DeWitt. Overall, an incredible movie, both both parents and their children.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I first saw All About Eve when I was about thirteen, now at thirty-one it's still one of my favorite movies of all time. Bette Davis is the best actress to ever grace a screen and yes she was robbed of her Oscar. When Anne Baxter apologized for not taking herself out of the running (they were both nominated for Best Actress) she said 'I was wrong, I should have dropped out'..Bette replied..'Yes dear, you should have'. Is that the diva to beat all divas or what!
Guest More than 1 year ago
After more than 50 years the crackling dialogue in this ode to the backstabbing New York theater scene remains pungent, if not entirely apropos (there's far more of a collaborative spirit than Mankiewicz is willing to admit here). But everyone is perfectly cast and the film actually benefits from the flat, rather droll cinematography. It's been (and will undoudtedly continue to be) an actor's film for generations.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I first watched this movie because of a Marilyn Monroe kick I was on but within the first 5 minutes, I was taken with the severity and fierce presence of Bette Davis and didn't even notice Marilyn! Right up there with Sunset Boulevard, this is one of the best movies about The Business- SB focusing on The Movies, EVE focusing on The Theatre. As the movie and storyline develop, the viewer can almost feel the tension in the air, as if it is leaking through the tv screen. The casting was simply perfection from Bette Davis to Thelma Ritter, who is always a delight playing second fiddle to virtually every leading lady in Hollywood. The movie, if possible, is even more amazing when you know a little of the background info- Anne Baxter and Bette Davis had a real life relationship very similar to that of their characters, Bette Davis and leading man Gary Merrill fell in love during filming, married, and 10 yrs later had a not-so-friendly divorce. I've been to film school and believe me, kids, everything they teach you can be learned by watching this film. A true classic.
L_N_Bellamy More than 1 year ago
Forget about the movie being in black and white. All About Eve is a rags to riches tale that so many other films after it have tried to capture the dynamic of this story. I am thankful that I have a mother who likes classics and appreciates a good story because it is her who made sure that I first watched this movie on Turner Movie Classics (R) sure it is not action packed but you have to love the narration that accompanies this film.
SCB59 More than 1 year ago
Bette Davis puts in an outstanding performance closely followed by Anne Baxter's. Great movie for it's time and still relavent for today.
Pink_Cuppah More than 1 year ago
This film was very interesting indeed! The acting, led by the superb Bette Davis, is brilliant. I think the casting was wonderful and the dialogue witty. This is a very entertaining film and makes one think about professional and social relationships and their meaning. I think Bette Davis is the best and as always gives a stunning performance.
OtisBelcher More than 1 year ago
The movie that inspired all the Bette Davis impersonators and gave Marilyn Monroe her start. Great cast geat plot one movie that is all it is cracked up to be.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
absolutely great. i saw this and Eve is played very realisticly, the scheming girl who snatches Margo's coveted title of 'mega star'. its obvious at the end that title will soon be taken from Eve by another poor girl, Phoebe.