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All About Eve (1950)

Approved  |   |  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


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. Written by Jeanne Baker <jbaker@erim.org>

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




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Release Date:

15 January 1951 (Sweden)  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

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


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

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(Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The film inspired the name of an English rock band, All About Eve, who enjoyed chart success in the UK in the late 1980s and early 1990s with several hit singles such as "Martha's Harbour" and "What Kind of Fool". See more »


While Phoebe is looking at herself in the mirror during the final scene, a crew member sitting on a crane is visible for a few seconds at the top of the shot. See more »


Addison DeWitt: We all come into this world with our little egos equipped with individual horns. If we don't blow them, who else will?
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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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Beau Soir
(ca 1883) (uncredited)
Music by Claude Debussy
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Simply the Perfect Film
26 December 2004 | by (Escondido, California) – See all my reviews

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!

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