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All About Eve (1950)

Passed | | Drama | 27 October 1950 (USA)
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An ingénue insinuates herself into the lives of an established but aging stage actress and her circle of theater friends.

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Joseph L. Mankiewicz (written for the screen by)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Bette Davis ... Margo Channing
Anne Baxter ... Eve Harrington
George Sanders ... Addison DeWitt
Celeste Holm ... Karen Richards
Gary Merrill ... Bill Simpson
Hugh Marlowe ... Lloyd Richards
Gregory Ratoff ... Max Fabian
Barbara Bates ... Phoebe
Marilyn Monroe ... Miss Casswell
Thelma Ritter ... Birdie Coonan
Walter Hampden ... Aged Actor
Randy Stuart ... Girl
Craig Hill ... Leading Man
Leland Harris Leland Harris ... Doorman
Barbara White Barbara White ... Autograph Seeker
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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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Taglines:

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

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Drama

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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

27 October 1950 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,400,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,177, 8 October 2000

Gross USA:

$10,177
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Goofs

After Bill proposes a toast to Margo, she changes the cigarette from her left hand to her right, but in the next shot it is still in her left hand. See more »

Quotes

Karen: [Eve walks in, carrying the fur coat of a new arrival to Margo's party] Who'd show up at this hour? It's time people went home. Hold that coat up.
Karen: [Eve holds up a luxurious full-length fur coat, Karen lets out a whistle] Whose is it?
Eve: Some Hollywood movie star's. Her plane got in late.
Karen: Discouraging, isn't it? Women with furs like that where it never even gets cold.
Eve: Hollywood.
[tosses the fur coat on the bed]
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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 »

Connections

Referenced in Will & Grace: All About Christmas Eve (2002) See more »

Soundtracks

How About You?
(1941) (uncredited)
Music by Burton Lane
Played on the piano at the party while the guests are gathered on the stairs
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Fasten your seat belts...
11 December 1998 | by TetselSee all my reviews

What can you say about a film like this? It has one of the greatest screenplays ever written, fabulous directing, and sensational performances by Anne Baxter, Bette Davis and George Sanders. And on top of it all, it's got Marilyn Monroe! What more could you want?!? It's full of snappy dialogue, great one liners, and a realistic and interesting plot. The epitome of good movie making. Oh, if only today's filmmakers were forced to watch All About Eve before they were allowed to make their own!


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