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All About Eve -- From the moment she glimpses her idol at the stage door, Eve Harrington (Ann Baxter) is determined to take the reins of power away from the great actress Margo Channing (Bette Davis). Eve maneuvers her way into Margo's Broadway role, becomes a sensation and even causes turmoil in the lives of Margo's director boyfriend (Gary Merrill), her playwright (Hugh Marlowe) and his wife (Celeste Holm). Only the cynical drama critic (Oscar winner George Sanders) sees through Eve, admiring her audacity and perfect pattern of deceit. Thelma Ritter and Marilyn Monroe co-star in this acclaimed classic, which won six Academy Awards and received the most nominations in film history.
All About Eve -- 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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Joseph L. Mankiewicz (written for the screen by)
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Release Date:
15 January 1951 (Sweden) See more »
It's all about women---and their men!
An ingenue insinuates herself in to the company of an established but aging stage actress and her circle of theater friends. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Won 6 Oscars. Another 17 wins & 16 nominations See more »
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A Magnificent Timeless Tale of Ambition, Manipulation and Betrayal - Certainly One of the Best Classics Ever See more (307 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

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
Walter Hampden ... Aged Actor

Randy Stuart ... Girl
Craig Hill ... Leading Man
Leland Harris ... Doorman
Barbara White ... Autograph Seeker
Eddie Fisher ... Stage Manager
William Pullen ... Clerk
Claude Stroud ... Pianist
Eugene Borden ... Frenchman
Helen Mowery ... Reporter
Steven Geray ... Captain of Waiters (as Steve Geray)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Gertrude Astor ... Sarah Siddons Awards Guest (uncredited)
Frank Baker ... Waiter (uncredited)
Ralph Brooks ... Sarah Siddons Awards Guest (uncredited)
Jack Chefe ... Sarah Siddons Awards Guest (uncredited)
James Conaty ... Sarah Siddons Awards Guest (uncredited)
Jack Deery ... Sarah Siddons Awards Guest (uncredited)

Franklyn Farnum ... Sarah Siddons Awards Guest (uncredited)
Bess Flowers ... Sarah Siddons Awards Guest (uncredited)

William Hoehne Jr. ... Young Blond-Haired Actor (uncredited)
Colin Kenny ... Sarah Siddons Awards Guest (uncredited)
Ethelreda Leopold ... Sarah Siddons Awards Guest (uncredited)
Carl M. Leviness ... Sarah Siddons Awards Guest on Dais (uncredited)
Thomas Martin ... Waiter (uncredited)
Mathew McCue ... Waiter (uncredited)
Harold Miller ... Sarah Siddons Awards Guest on Dais (uncredited)
Stanley Orr ... Sarah Siddons Awards Guest (uncredited)
Marion Pierce ... Sarah Siddons Awards Guest (uncredited)

'Snub' Pollard ... Sarah Siddons Awards Guest (uncredited)
Cosmo Sardo ... Waiter (uncredited)
Larry Steers ... Sarah Siddons Awards Guest (uncredited)
Robert Whitney ... Actor in 'Hearts of Oak' (uncredited)

Directed by
Joseph L. Mankiewicz 
Writing credits
Joseph L. Mankiewicz (written for the screen by)

Erich Kästner  dialogue: German version (uncredited)
Mary Orr  story "The Wisdom of Eve" (uncredited)

Produced by
Darryl F. Zanuck .... producer
Original Music by
Alfred Newman 
Cinematography by
Milton R. Krasner (director of photography) (as Milton Krasner)
Film Editing by
Barbara McLean (film editor)
Art Direction by
George W. Davis 
Lyle R. Wheeler  (as Lyle Wheeler)
Set Decoration by
Thomas Little (set decorations)
Walter M. Scott (set decorations)
Makeup Department
Ben Nye .... makeup artist
Bunny Gardel .... body makeup (uncredited)
Frank Prehoda .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Kay Reed .... hair stylist (uncredited)
Gene Roemer .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Gladys Witten .... key hair stylist (uncredited)
Production Management
Max Golden .... production manager (uncredited)
Robert R. Snody .... unit production manager (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Gerald Braun .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Gaston Glass .... assistant director (uncredited)
Hal Klein .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Fred R. Simpson .... prop master (uncredited)
Sound Department
W.D. Flick .... sound
Roger Heman Sr. .... sound (as Roger Heman)
Paul Gilbert .... boom operator (uncredited)
Thomas T. Moulton .... sound recordist (uncredited)
Harry Roberts .... cable (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Jess Wolf .... effects (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Fred Sersen .... special photographic effects
Camera and Electrical Department
Vaughn Ashen .... gaffer (uncredited)
Bud Brooks .... camera assistant (uncredited)
Jack Dimmack .... electrician (uncredited)
Charles Edler .... best boy (uncredited)
James E. Lavin .... key grip (uncredited)
Al Lebowitz .... camera assistant (uncredited)
Paul Lockwood .... camera operator (uncredited)
Ray Nolan .... still photographer (uncredited)
Jack Richter .... crane grip (uncredited)
Joe Robinson .... best boy grip (uncredited)
Rex Turnmire .... crane grip (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Edith Head .... costume designer: Miss Bette Davis
Charles Le Maire .... wardrobe director (as Charles LeMaire)
Sam Benson .... wardrobe (uncredited)
Josephine Brown .... wardrobe (uncredited)
Joan Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
Ann Landers .... wardrobe (uncredited)
Merle Williams .... wardrobe (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Lyman Hallowell .... apprentice editor (uncredited)
Music Department
Edward B. Powell .... orchestration (as Edward Powell)
Alfred Newman .... musical director (uncredited)
Edward Rebner .... musician: piano (uncredited)
Urban Thielmann .... musician: piano (uncredited)
Other crew
Darryl F. Zanuck .... presenter
W.F. Fitzgerald .... location manager (uncredited)
Grady Johnson .... publicist (uncredited)
Weslie Jones .... script supervisor (uncredited)
Florence O'Neill .... dialogue director (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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138 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)
Argentina:13 | Australia:PG | Brazil:Livre | Canada:PG (Manitoba/Ontario) | Canada:A (Nova Scotia) | Canada:G (Quebec) | Canada:PG (video rating) | Finland:S | Peru:14 | South Korea:15 | Spain:13 | UK:A (original rating) | UK:U (2007) | UK:U (video rating) (1987) | USA:TV-PG | USA:Approved (certificate #14544) | West Germany:12

Did You Know?

Holds the record for the film with the greatest number of female acting Oscar nominations.See more »
Continuity: Bill prepares only two martinis and gives one to Margo and the other to Karen. However, after she drinks, Margo gives him back the empty glass and receives one more.See more »
Addison DeWitt:You could sleep now, couldn't you?
Eve Harrington:Why not?
Addison DeWitt:The mark of a true killer: Sleep tight, rest easy, and come out fighting.
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Movie Connections:
Spoofed in Girls Will Be Girls (2003)See more »
Symphony No. 4 in E-flat major (Romantic)See more »


What was in the letter that Margo crumples and tosses over her shoulder?
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73 out of 101 people found the following review useful.
A Magnificent Timeless Tale of Ambition, Manipulation and Betrayal - Certainly One of the Best Classics Ever, 17 October 2005
Author: Claudio Carvalho from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

The ambitious Eve Harrington (Anne Baxter) gets close to the great and temperamental stage artist Margo Channing (Bette Davis) and her friends Karen Richards (Celeste Holm) and her husband, the play-writer Lloyd Richards (Hugh Marlowe); her boyfriend and director Bill Sampson (Gary Marrow); and the producer Max Fabian (Gregory Ratoff). Everybody, except the cynical critic Addison DeWitt (George Sanders), believe that Eve is only a naive, humble and simple obsessed fan of Margo and they try to help her. However, Eve is indeed a cynical and manipulative snake that uses the lives of Margo and her friends to reach her objectives in the theater business.

"All About Eve" is a magnificent timeless tale of ambition, manipulation and betrayal, and certainly one of the best classics ever. Everything perfectly works in this movie: the direction is very precise and tight; dialogs are very acid and intelligent; Bette Davis, Anne Baxter, George Sanders and Celeste Holm have awesome performances in very powerful characters; the dramatic story is amazingly good, showing what an evil person can plot to reach fame and success. I believe this movie will always be among my ten favorite movies ever. My vote is ten.

Title (Brazil): "A Malvada" ("The Wicked")

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