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All About Eve (1950)

Not Rated | | Drama | 27 October 1950 (USA)
An ingenue insinuates herself into the company of an established but aging stage actress and her circle of theater friends.

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Storyline

Eve (Anne Baxter) is waiting backstage to meet her idol, aging Broadway star Margo Channing (Bette Davis). It seems innocent enough as Eve explains that she has seen Margo in EVERY performance of her current play. Only playwright/critic DeWitt (George Sanders) sees through Eve's evil plan, which is to take her parts and her fiancé, Bill Simpson (Gary Merrill). When the fiancé shows no interest, she tries for playwright Lloyd Richards (Hugh Marlowe), but DeWitt stops her. After she accepts her award, she decides to skip the after-party and goes to her room, where a young woman named Phoebe has sneaked into her room and fallen asleep. This is where the "Circle of Life" now comes to fruition as Eve will get played like she played Margo.

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It's all about women---and their men!

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Budget:

$1,400,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$10,177 (USA) (8 October 2000)

Gross:

$10,177 (USA) (8 October 2000)
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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Oscar winner George Sanders spent his time between scenes napping in his dressing room. Anne Baxter later remarked that the sometimes still sleepy actor took about seven takes before he got it right, which worked well for his characterization. See more »

Goofs

In the car, the snow tracks seen through the back window behind Karen curve to the left, whilst those behind Margo curve to the right. See more »

Quotes

Margo: So many people know me. I wish I did. I wish someone would tell me about me.
Karen: You're Margo, just Margo.
Margo: And what is that, besides something spelled out in light bulbs, I mean - besides something called a temperament, which consists mostly of swooping about on a broomstick and screaming at the top of my voice? Infants behave the way I do, you know. They carry on and misbehave - they'd get drunk if they knew how - when they can't have what they want, when they feel unwanted or insecure or unloved.
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Crazy Credits

Eddie Fisher is credited in the cast as 'Stage Manager,' although all of his scenes were cut from the released print. This is not the the singer Eddie Fisher, but another actor. See more »

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Referenced in Midnight Movies: From the Margin to the Mainstream (2005) See more »

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That Old Black Magic
(1942) (uncredited)
Music by Harold Arlen
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***** Perfect!
27 March 2001 | by (Toronto, Ontario) – See all my reviews

Here's perfect writing if ever a movie ever had it-where did Joseph L. Mankiewicz come up with these people? Who would have thought he could not only revive Bette Davis' career with her greatest-ever role, but actually make her even more fascinating than she ever was before? Davis plays famous and established actress Margo Channing, a self-centred and tough but vulnerable woman who is purused relentlessly by Eve Harrington (Anne Baxter), a seemingly innocent woman who worships Channing-she even becomes her personal assistant. However, her devotion soon becomes sinister, and Margo lets her friends know, though they just think she's being selfish and unfair. Celeste Holm is excellent as Margo's best friend, who at first is on Eve's side but eventually sees how conniving Eve can be and how ruthless she is in climbing to the top. The party scene early on in the film features some of the film's best lines (`Fasten your seat belts…it's going to be a bumpy night!'), though my personal favourite is when Davis tells Baxter to put her award `where you heart should be'; Margo Channing is just about the best female character of the fifties. Features Marilyn Monroe in an early role.


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