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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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Icons On The Verge
As close to perfection as they come. A film than can be viewed again and again without ever getting tired. Bette Davis's Margo Channing is a film icon of major proportions. A point of reference. Her fear of the abyss is as human as it is at the center of this selfish, insecure, sacred cow. She is surrounded by some other sensational women. Thelma Ritter, Celeste Holm, Anne Baxter and in a tiny but telling part, Marilyn Monroe - a graduate from the Copacabana school of dramatic art. Wittily prophetic. George Sanders is another piece of extraordinary casting and writing. "I'm essential to the theater" Indeed. And here is a film that has become essential to anyone who loves movies"
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.
Unforgettable Characters, Writing, and Acting
The fact that "All About Eve" features one of the great Bette Davis's very best performances would in itself be enough to recommend it highly. Add in a host of other great actors and characters, with some of the best writing to be found in any movie, and the result is one of the greatest movies of all time, which most viewers remember long afterwards.

The basic story is fairly simple - at the beginning, we see young actress Eve Harrington (Anne Baxter) receiving a prestigious award, and for most of the film we go back to watch her rise to the top, mostly as seen through the eyes of those around her. Davis plays Margo Channing, who is Eve's role model, a great but now older actress who both affects and is affected by young Eve's career.

There is a wonderful collection of characters, each with distinctive and interesting personalities. Their relationships with each other are fascinating, and the film makes full use of their potential. The dialogue is terrific, and the cast does it full justice. The characters and their lines are all perfect for the performers who portray them - George Sanders as the cynical and calculating columnist, Gary Merrill as the high-strung director, Hugh Marlowe as the sophisticated playwright, and so on through the entire outstanding cast. After watching this movie, whenever you see any of these actors again you may well think of them in these roles.

"All About Eve" is a testimony to how great a movie can be when it is based simply on the important basics of writing, acting, and directing. Anyone who enjoys older movies, or who appreciates good theater of any kind, will find that it is as good or better each time that you watch it.

Acclaimed, but I found it hard to watch
I am now on about my fourth attempt to watch All About Eve. I find it a very hard slog. Each time I manage about 20 minutes, and then I have to find something else to do.

The acting is mechanical and stagey. There is no reacting here, only people waiting to give their next witty riposte. An occasional witty remark is fine. It gets tiring when everyone is witty. This has nothing to do with the period. The wisecracking in 1940's His Girl Friday or 1941's Ball of Fire, for example, is much more natural and believable.

There is no doubt that a lot of the script is great, and the premise is groundbreaking for its time. But a lot of the lines are clunkers or non sequiturs, and these are delivered with the same smugness as the good ones, which adds to the impression that the characters are not thinking about what they're saying, but just reading the text and the stage directions. Celeste Holm gives the closest to what I would say is a believable performance.

Bette Davis is the biggest disappointment. Whether she's playing happy, sad, or angry, it's always reined in, without any real emotions getting through. My 7 is for the script alone. If I had to score the acting and direction separately they would be less.
A fine film, but fell short in my expectations.
A fine film, but fell short in my expectations.

I read considerably well about this film, before watching it. Also, this film had some similarities to another film "Sunset Boulevard" which was released in the same year. While the latter was terrific in writing and wonderful in acting. This film, All About Eve is different in terms of writing and involves 4 principal women who have their friendships, their careers at stake.

Eve Harrington played by Anne Baxter seems to be an extremely determined woman who goes to any length to get what she wants. From creating a false story to coldly intimidating her friend for a role in play, she is cold blooded and yet adorable. Anna Baxter played the role superbly and credit goes to the writing and her lines, more than half her job was done by the good writing itself.

The next most important character, I saw was of Margo Channing played superbly by Bette Davis. She is generous and yet very possessive and has a humane nature under the embellishments of fame. She is indeed the true gem of the film and takes the script and writing to a high by her portrayal of the character. "Tonight I forgive all, I forgive Eve" can't be said in much more cold way than how Bette said. Great acting by a superb actress.

Even the other women, like Celeste Holm who played Karen Richards or the final character that is "Phoebe" played by Barabara Bates or even Birdie played by Thelma Ritter are well written and played well. This is essentially a film about women more than men.

The production design is superb and the music adds to the drama. I wish, the editing could have been better and the dialogs were crisp. Especially the long climax between Karen and Eve could have been cut short. Also, many moments would have been done away with reducing the time and also easing out the pace. Perhaps, the director Joseph Mankiewicz had been persistent to give detailing to every scene and thus made it the way it stand today. It's fine though but I wish it could have been greater than being just good, as per me.

A 3/5 for this, I liked it nevertheless, yet did not fall in love with it. I loved "Sunset Boulevard" though. I expected this film to be better and maybe that is the flaw, it's just good by all means.
Cinema at its best!
All About Eve is truly one of the wittiest and classiest films ever made! The screenplay is superb and the actors are all divine, especially Bette Davis in her best role ever! A real gem, a true classic.
At its best when Bette Davis really lets loose
As a whole, this film was pretty good. Fine performances from Anne Baxter as Eve, the brilliantly phony schemer, George Sanders as the caustic critic Addison de Witt, (His opening voiceover monologue is hilarious), Thelma Ritter as the cynical maid, Hugh Marlowe and Celeste Holm as the playwright and his wife, and, in an early small role, Marilyn Monroe as a wannabe starlet. The script has great moments of biting humor and all that, yes, and Joseph Mancewicz's direction is pretty good, too. But there are plenty of moments when the film simply dissolves into talkiness, and it gets a little slow and boring. The film is at its best when Bette Davis, giving no doubt her best performance as fading star Margo Channing, really lets loose and lets her costars have it, as in the scene where she fights with Marlowe in the theater. She is also good when being vulnerable and revealing in some of the quieter scenes, but the talkiness factor does override her a little bit. Not quite as scathing and cynical as "Sunset Boulevard," but close.
I was pleased...
What was I pleased about? I am still young in age and only recently decided to start viewing the classics, the movies everyone loves. When I sat down to watch All About Eve, I knew I was watching a film that so many others imitated and were inspired by. The screenplay is what everyone praises about the film, but I found the acting to be the film's biggest strong point. Bette Davis and Anne Baxter gave the best performances of their lives and it's a shame that neither one won an Oscar, though both were nominated. A great film, a masterpiece, to say the least. Won 6 Academy Awards including Best Picture (1950) and Best Director. Film is also #16 on AFI's 100 Greatest Films list.

The understudy
Joseph L. Mankiewicz was a genius and this is his masterpiece, without a doubt! Mr. Mankiewicz's timeless tale for this film was something that paralleled the great writing of another author that knew the inside of the human race: Honore de Balzac.

In this story about the theater, all the elements come together to weave a perfect movie, one that will endure the passage of time. Mr. Mankiewicz's screen play is about blind ambition and to what extremes does a person goes in order to realize that goal. The writer seems to be telling us that to Eve Harrington, her end justified the means by which she arrived at getting where she got.

The cast assembled for the movie was the perfect blend of styles and acting ability. This film is dominated by Eve Harrington, who, Anne Baxter plays to perfection. We first see her as the adoring fan to Margo Channing, the star of the hit play on Broadway. She will do anything to get to where Margo Channing is. In a way, Eve is a user of the worst kind. She used Karen Richards, Margo's best friend in order to get in the theater world where she finally makes a splash.

In that theatrical world, we encounter all kinds of sub species that tend to gravitate toward the limelight where others are shining brighter. They will do anything in their power in order to 'belong' to the glamour and all the things that go hand in hand in that circle.

Anne Baxter was an amazing Eve Harrington. She was a young actress then, who showed a lot of talent and was perfectly cast for that role. Bette Davis makes Margo Channing come alive. Ms. Davis shows us what is to be at the top of her class and suddenly see her world begin to crumble, which in a way, it's the way of the theater. The theater and the movies are cruel to the stars that dare to age in front of our eyes. There will always be prettier and younger actresses to bask in their moment of glory in front of the adoring public, but watch out, never get old!

George Sanders as the bitchy Addison Dewitt, is the maker and breaker of many a career. He has the power to destroy anyone that doesn't play by his rules. Mr. Sanders was excellent by being the cynic in a make believe land. In a way, the writer is telling us that even then, there was something rotten in theater critics that will ruin a play by just disliking it in the press.

Celeste Holm is also effective as Karen Richards, a friend indeed, until she is used to give Eve her big break. Thelma Ritter is a delight to watch as Birdie, the wise maid that sees right through a phony when she sees one. Gary Merrill, George Ratoff, Hugh Marlowe and a young and fresh Marilyn Monroe complete the cast.

Never before did a movie packed such an impact to reveal so much about the human comedy, as in this one. After all, that comedy, or call it tragedy, has existed since the beginning of time. All this because a brilliant Joseph L. Mankiewicz brought to the screen to dazzle audiences forever.
Possibly the smartest comedy ever to have come out of Hollywood
They say that talk is cheap but you wouldn't believe it listening to the pearls that drip from the mouths of the characters in this, the greatest of all the dialogue-driven comedies to have come out of Hollywood, (at the time it was nominated for a then record 14 Oscar nominations and won 6). It opens with a monologue that introduces all the leading players that is at once literate and cinematic at the same time and you know instantly that his is, above all, a movie to listen to. (What film-buff doesn't quote its screenplay ad-nauseum; gay men, at least according to "The Boys in the Band", are said to know the script by heart). And while drag queens the world over have always based their Bette Davis imitations on the character of Margo Channing, (Davis' greatest role and her greatest performance), the film is never merely camp. The acerbic wit that runs through the film always has a ring of truth to it; the characters, overblown as they are, are always recognizably human.

The acting alone is to die for. Can you believe that other actresses were once considered for the role of Margo? (Claudette Colbert?). Davis makes it her own not by acting Margo but by being Margo. I can't think of another role more indelibly suited to an actress than this. In a lesser film she might have swamped her co-stars but Mankiewicz, who wrote and directed, gives everyone equal credence.

Anne Baxter was never better than as the poisonous Eve; Celeste Holm, wonderful as the clipped, sophisticated Karen; George Sanders oozing epigrams as if from every pore as the screen's most famous critic, Addison DeWitt, (what a name!). These were career-best performances and in smaller parts, Thelma Ritter's cynical, wise-cracking Dresser, Birdie, and Marilyn Monroe's vacuous Miss Caswell, ('a graduate of the Copocobana school of dramatic art'), are just as unforgettable. In the seventies someone had the, not very bright, idea of turning it into a Broadway musical called 'Applause'. While not half-bad you still came away feeling you had seen a karaoke version of "All About Eve".
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