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All About Eve
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Joseph L. Mankiewicz
Bette Davis as Margo
George Sanders as Addison DeWitt
Celeste Holm as Karen
Gary Merrill as Bill Simpson
Hugh Marlowe as Lloyd Richards
Gregory Ratoff as Max Fabian
Barbara Bates as Phoebe
Marilyn Monroe as Miss Casswell
Thelma Ritter as Birdie
Walter Hampden as Aged Actor
Randy Stuart as Eve's Pal on Telephone
Craig Hill as Leading Man in 'Footsteps on the Ceiling'
Leland Harris as Doorman
Storyline: Aspiring actress Eve Harrington maneuvers her way into the lives of Broadway star Margo Channing, playwright Lloyd Richards and director Bill Sampson. This classic story of ambition and betrayal has become part of American folklore. Bette Davis claims to have based her character on the persona of film actress Talullah Bankhead. Davis' line "Fasten your seatbelts, it's going to be a bumpy night" is legendary, but, in fact, all of the film's dialog sparkles with equal brilliance.
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Simply the Perfect Film
All About Eve is simply the perfect film. Fact follows fiction in the casting of Bette Davis, a star who was an incredible actress but fighting the inevitable - the passage of time. First off, Better Davis was always an incredible actress, no matter what part she took and this was the perfect part for her. Anne Baxter is tremendous in the part of Eve - she plays the part well. It's multi-faceted and challenging and she definitely rose to the challenge. Celeste Holm is great, too. She's got a smaller part but does a great job with it. Celeste Holm is an actress who has incredible stature, even in the later years of her career, like when she was in that television show "Promised Land." But Addison DeWitt - takes the cake. I can see why he won the Oscar. I don't want to say much about the story. The film is one that has to be taken in as a whole to be truly appreciated. Enjoy it - it's as tasty as honey! One thing - please never let them make a re-make of this film - it's perfect. It's off limits. It would be painting a new version of the Mona Lisa. This one is perfect!
Classic Study of Backstage Bitchiness
Separating the hype from the truth is not easy, especially with an acknowledged classic like ALL ABOUT EVE. Some of its lines have entered Hollywood lore, especially Margo Channing's (Bette Davis's) line: "Hold on to your hats. It's gonna be a bumpy night." The film won six Oscars and revived Davis's career as well as giving George Sanders the role of his life as acerbic critic Addison de Witt. The supporting actors are all superb, notably Celeste Holm as the kind but spineless Karen who takes Eve (Anne Baxter) under her wing and ends up being blackmailed as a result.

Thematically speaking, Joseph L. Mankiewicz's script exposes the emptiness of the awards culture that seemingly dominates the media landscape each year. Eve might pay tribute to those who helped her in her rise to fame, but the film shows how she wantonly abuses their generosity. All of her pronouncements are hypocritical, designed for a media accustomed to the sound-bite and the publicity photograph. Mankiewicz suggests that there is no basic division between the worlds inside and outside the theater; everyone simply plays roles and disrespects everyone else.

Cinematically speaking, the style is fairly flat, almost theatrical, with many sequences comprised of shot/reverse shots interspersed with two-shots. On the other hand Mankiewicz has a flair for the suggestive; notably the portraits of Margo in her most successful roles festooned across the staircase of her expensive home, drawing our attention to the ways in which performance dominates her life. Or what about the shot of Maego standing beside a huge cartoon of her in one of her favorite Broadway roles just inside the theater where her play is being performed? Music is also used suggestively - just before Margo utters her famous line about the bumpy night, we hear Rodgers and Hart's standard "Thou Swell" on the piano, praising the charms of a woman. Later on in that sequence Margo storms upstairs in a huff to the sound of "Stormy Weather."

Perhaps one aspect of the film that needs to be highlighted is the way in which it confirms dominant attitudes towards gender in early Fifties America, where women were expected to stay at home and support their spouses. Despite her performances as a theatrical grande dame, Margo believes that her life will not be fulfilled unless she marries Bill (Gary Merrill). And in a climactic sequence where the truth about Eve is finally exposed, Addison claims that she belongs to him.

We are presented with a paradox at the end; whereas ALL ABOUT EVE provides at least three substantial roles for leading female performers, it still reinforces patriarchal values. And there's the cynical ending, where Phoebe (Barbara Bates) begins precisely the same process of hero-worship that Eve has completed in order to achieve her ends. All Broadway heroes, it seems, have feet of clay.
Superb drama
Superb drama.

The story of a woman, Eve (played by Ann Baxter), who ingratiates herself into the social circles of a famous theatre actress, Margo (played by Bette Davis), and her theatre-centric friends. After a time it starts to look as though Eve's motives and methods aren't as innocent as they seem...

A great story of manipulation, social politics and ambition. While you think you can see how everything ends up, how they get there is still very interesting. Plus, there's a twist or two in store...

Superb performance by Bette Davis as the curmudgeonly, jaded Margo. While Eve might be the character in the title, Bette Davis gets the most screen time. Just about every line she utters drips with cynicism and is worth a soundbite/videobite. Very quotable.

Ann Baxter is great as Eve. Good support from George Sanders, Gary Merrill, Celeste Holm, Hugh Marlowe and Thelma Ritter. Marilyn Monroe also has a minor role.

Davis and Baxter got Best Leading Actress Oscar nominations for their performances (losing to Judy Holliday for Born Yesterday). Holm and Ritter got Best Supporting Actress Oscar nominations (losing to Josephine Hull for Harvey).

An absolute classic.
Brilliant Bitchfest
ALL ABOUT EVE is a brilliant masterpiece of a film that is unique in that it is so cinematic, but its emphasis is on the word rather than the image. That makes the film more like a play than a movie-- and ironically the story is the best movie about ambition, and Broadway stage actors ever made. This is probably the wittiest, the bitchiest screenplay ever written! This is also Bette Davis' best performance in a movie. (What a blessed but ill-timed coincidence for her that Gloria Swanson was creating the spectacular Norma Desmond in SUNSET BOULEVARD the very same year- and then that neither actress won the Oscar that year as they cancelled each other out in the voting!)The whole cast is wonderful! I can watch this film again and again. It is a genuine masterpiece!
Fox's best movie for years.
Without a doubt, "All About Eve" was one of 20th Century Fox's best movies for a number of years, with a memorable cast headed by the inimitable Bette Davis as Margo Channing - probably her best role ever, and one that merited an Academy Award. She was absolutely brilliant as the aging star, while in the remainder of the cast George Sanders stood out like a beacon as the caustic Addison de Witt (he, at least did get Best Supporting Actor). Anne Baxter was very good as Eve, and Celeste Holm as the best friend trying to be fair to everyone was just right. The story held interest right through to the very end, and the photography in Black & White along with the music and script was first class. Gary Merrill and Hugh Marlowe, both light weights most of their career, were very good, while Marilyn Monroe's cameo role was interesting. It is a movie that can be seen several times without losing its punch.
All About Eve Review
Overall I think this movie was good. I think the plot kind of dragged on. Ten minutes felt like one hour and on top of it all, the film was very long…about two hours and twenty minutes long.

This was a very bright film; black and white.

One editing glitch I did notice was when the two ladies were sitting in the car waiting for the man to get help after the car after it stopped working. In one shot Margo is sitting up playing with the radio, then the next shot is of Karen, then it goes back to Margo. This time the camera angle was completely different than the original one. This was a very obvious mistake.

I love the end of the film when Eve gets called out on all her wrong doings. It completes the film.

I love how Margo grows up, gets married, and realizes that she doesn't need the younger kid, which she and Eve were fighting over, parts anymore.
Backstabbing, Backstage
The story of an actress in decline, past her prime, offered at the last moment to an actress who herself was in decline and past her prime. The parallels between fiction and reality could not have been more blurred as they were during the creation of what has been considered to be one of the greatest movies about the theater and one of Bette Davis' most indelible performances. Starting from the link between Davis and Elisabeth Bergner via a remake Davis acted in 1946 called A STOLEN LIFE -- itself a version previously performed by Bergner, and snowballing into the anecdote that Bergner herself had been the apparent victim of an unusual admiration by a young female actress of whose identity and life little is known (unless you read Sam Stagg's book "All About All About Eve"), ALL ABOUT EVE is as interesting -- and at times, even more so -- as to its backstory to what was presented on screen as the final result.

By 1949 Bette Davis was strictly on the way out. She had been in a 4-year slump with movies that were failing commercially even when they still got fair to good reviews, with the notable exception of BEYOND THE FOREST in which Davis played a woman much too young for her age and donned a black wig that made her look even older. Many of the roles Davis (later) admitted as to wanting to have played while she was still at Warner Bros. were going to her professional rival Joan Crawford; indeed, Crawford, relegated to second fiddle at MGM with hand-me-down roles Norma Shearer rejected, and coming out of her strong debut at Warner's with MILDRED PIERCE, a role Davis herself rejected and one that gave Crawford her only Oscar win, was now getting the better pictures at Warner's. From MILDRED PIERCE to FLAMINGO ROAD, Crawford was back on top, if at least temporarily so.

Such a thing must have made Davis mad. Seeing that the camel's back had been broken with the failure of BEYOND THE FOREST, she was now a free agent, but needed work. PAYMENT ON DEMAND was a mostly forgotten film she'd made which did not receive a release until the 1951, and was so far the only job offer she was getting. The notorious story as to how she got the role of Margo Channing -- where Claudette Colbert sprained her back -- is the stuff of Hollywood legend, but it ensured Davis one more chance to assume a major role in a major movie. What she possibly didn't know was that this would be the one that would define her as a screen icon -- forever she'd be quipped with her most quoted line from this film: "Fasten your seatbelts -- it's gonna be a bumpy night." And she couldn't have foreseen that on set of ALL ABOUT EVE she'd also meet and marry the man who played her lover on screen: Gary Merrill.

There is so much that can be spoken about this timeless classic. It's such an iconic movie, a thing of elegant beauty that hasn't been repeated since and one of the most quotable movies of all time. Again, highly recommended and a must-read is Sam Stagg's book which tells everything, down from the casting list for each role (at one point Gertrude Lawrence and Joan Crawford were up for Margo Channing), wardrobe, stories as told by the actors themselves, Celeste Holm's resentment of Davis on the set -- a thing that was probably Davis' fault, since she wasn't known for being social and Holm from then on took great offense and to this day remains offended. And on and on. Snippets of dialog that never made it into the film is presented in the book, and it's understandable: it would have bogged down the story a bit much. (Would it that Mankiewicz had done the same thing with his dialog in CLEOPATRA!) A fascinating book.

And a fascinating movie that over a half a century later can still be seen for what it is: a scathing portrayal of backstabbing, backstage, and a complex study of a professional and social climber and what she will do to ensure success. Full of in-jokes that have to be heard to be believed, and one of the oddest pairings of a male-female dynamic in Anne Baxter and George Sanders who play a game of cat and mouse throughout with a terrific, sadistic denouement, it's one of the essentials, a movie that has to be studied in order to admire movies, not because of its visuals -- if anything, ALL ABOUT EVE fails in presenting ground-breaking visuals and opts for a play-like feel -- but for its entirety. Razor-sharp performances from everyone -- ranging from the film's major parts, played by Davis herself, Anne Baxter, Celeste Holm, Thelma Ritter, George Sanders, Gary Merrill, Gregory Ratoff, Hugh Marlowe, to the minor players -- Marilyn Monroe, Barbara Bates, and Randy Stuart (or THE INCREDIBLE SHRINKING MAN fame).
'Eve, Eve, Eve, Little Miss Evil'
All About Eve A Triple-S movie (three suicides in the cast--Marilyn Monroe, Barbara Bates and George Sanders), All About Eve has enough dirt to satisfy even the heartiest appetite. A record 14 Oscar nominations for the cast and crew, it is as wicked and sophisticated as they come, with Bette Davis at her eye-popping, cigarette-swinging best as Margo Channing, Broadway's leading diva. Anne Baxter as Eve Harrington is deliciously calculating as the up-and-coming actress who moves in on Miss Channing, first ingratiating herself with Miss Channing, and eventually replacing her. The supporting cast is equally fine with George Sanders as "that venomous fishwife" Addison DeWitt, Celeste Holm as Margo's long-suffering best friend, Karen Richards, and an ethereally beautiful Marilyn Monroe as Miss Caswell, "a graduate of the Copacabana School of Dramatic Arts." Joseph Mankiewicz's script and direction are superb, with dialog so crisp and poisonous, it makes you wonder where script-driven movies have gone. Chock full of quotable lines, fabulous New Look costumes, and sheer irony. So thick and rich you'll be tempted to eat it with a fork but use a spoon to get every drop.
All Above Backstabbing Shines ****
The ultimate best film ever made about backstabbing individuals.

Broadway veteran pro Margo Channing is fooled into taking in Eve Harrington, who supposedly idolizes her. Channing's maid,Birdie Coonan, sees Harrington for what she is, but is unable to convince Margo that Eve is dangerous.

Eve is quite a character. In one movie, she nearly breaks up a friendship, destroys a marriage, and wins a major part in the Broadway production of "Footsteps on the Ceiling." That will be a memorable name always for me.

The cast is top rate. This film marked a comeback for Bette Davis, and what a performance she gave as Margo. Anne Baxter is memorable as the cunning Eve. Gary Merrill, Celeste Holm and George Sanders are all in top-form as characters revolving about Margo but fooled by Eve as well. It is only Sanders, who won the best supporting Oscar as the cynical writer, who is able to turn the tables on Eve.

Davis and Baxter were both up for best actress; a mistake, since Baxter belonged in the supporting division. Thanks to this divide, Judy Holliday won best actress for "Born Yesterday."

Celeste Holm, as the caring but duped friend, Karen, and Thelma Ritter, as maid Birdie, were up for best supporting actress.

The dialogue in this film is crisp.

By the end, though winning an acting award for "Footsteps," a young aspirant is hot on the heels of Eve. She no less is from Erasmus Hall High School in Brooklyn, my alma mater. A **** school in a **** film.
If Looks Could Kill... (And They Probably Will)
(Movie quote) - "Let's not get over-dramatic!"

To me, if there was one thing that actress, Bette Davis, definitely could not project, believably, on screen.... That one thing would have to be honest-to-goodness "sex appeal".

Like, I don't know about you other guys - But, for me, Davis (bulldog jowls, and all) projected about as much sexual allure as that of week-old roadkill. I ain't kidding. That woman was a real dog.

And if "All About Eve" was really supposed to be a realistic, behind-the-scenes look at the NYC Theatre Set (of the early-1950s), then working in that environment truly must've been one of the most horrible places in the entire world to be employed.

I thought that all of the hate, the jealousy, the treachery, the back-stabbing, and the sneering cynicism that certainly prevailed throughout "All About Eve" to certainly be enough to cure anyone (in their right mind) of ever wanting to pursue a career in this line of work - Ever. But, with that said - Are actors really considered to be in their "right mind" in the first place?

Anyway - Even though this 65-year-old, b&w movie had its fair share of good points, as well as its not-so-good points, I still say that it was well-worth a view in spite of its flukes and flaws.

*Trivia Note* - I think it's kinda interesting to note that actress Anne Baxter was the grand-daughter of famed architect, Frank Lloyd Wright.
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