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All About Eve (1950)

Approved  |   |  Comedy, Drama  |  15 January 1951 (Sweden)
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An ingenue insinuates herself in to the company of an established but aging stage actress and her circle of theater friends.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Gregory Ratoff ...
Walter Hampden ...
Aged Actor
Craig Hill ...
Leading Man
Leland Harris ...
Barbara White ...
Autograph Seeker


Eve is waiting backstage to meet her "idol" aging Broadway Star, Margo Channing. It all seems innocent enough as Eve explains that she has seen Margo in EVERY performance of the current play she is in. Only Playright critic DeWitt sees through Eve's evil plan, which is to take her parts and fiance. When the fiance shows no interest, she tries for Celeste Holmes husband and playwright. But, DeWitt (George Brandt) stops her. After she accepts her award, she decides to skip the after-party and goes to her room, where we find a young woman named Phoebe, who snuck into her room and fell asleep. This is where the "Circle of Life" now comes to fruition as Eve is going to get played the way she did Margo.

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


Comedy | Drama


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Release Date:

15 January 1951 (Sweden)  »

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Box Office


$1,400,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$10,177 (USA) (6 October 2000)


$10,177 (USA) (6 October 2000)

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Bette Davis said in her autobiography, "I can think of no project that from the outset was as rewarding from the first day to the last. It is easy to understand why. It was a great script, had a great director, and was a cast of professionals all with parts they liked. It was a charmed production from the word go." See more »


When Eve tells her life story in the dressing room, she says "then the war came, and we got married. Eddie was in the air force - and they sent him to the South Pacific." The Air Force, wasn't formed until after the war in 1947. During the war it was called the Army Air Forces. See more »


Margo Channing: Don't get up. And please stop acting as if I were the queen mother.
Eve Harrington: I'm sorry, I...
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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 »


Referenced in The Savages (2007) See more »


(1925) (uncredited)
Music by Richard Rodgers
Played on the piano at the party when Margo and Max are in the kitchen
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29 August 2000 | by (Toronto) – See all my reviews

I had read comments about the quality of the writing in this film but I really had no idea to what extent this would elevate the experience. The fact is, it leaves me with no other choice than to give it a perfect 10. Unless you see this film, I don't think you'll have the necessary frame of reference with which to to base any expectations on. It's an incredibly engrossing, moving and often comedic experience, but time and time again what knocks you over is the absolute finesse with which this script was crafted. The fact that the acting and direction are flawless and surprisingly natural-seeming (most old movies usually seem stiff or people seem to "act" too much) only enhances it that much more. With this film, you can really imagine the *people* the actors are portraying.

"All About Eve" shows some similarity to one of my other favourite 50s films "A Face in the Crowd". Both are studies of fame and celebrity. Eve shows how a person will corrupt themselves in order to attain it, whereas A Face's premise is that fame corrupts those who find themselves in the spotlight. Both have themes that are perhaps even more resonant in our celebrity-obsessed culture now than when they were made. Interestingly, Eve predates A Face by several years.

And possibly most interesting of all is the honest and often raw way in which women are portrayed, the strength of their character and the power they wield. The male contingent is practically relegated to the back seat. One might be hard pressed to find a movie quite so "liberated" today. So what more can I say? If you love movies and you haven't yet seen it, you've suffered long enough; don't wait another day.

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