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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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Writer:
Joseph L. Mankiewicz (written for the screen by)
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Release Date:
15 January 1951 (Sweden) See more »
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Tagline:
It's all about women---and their men!
Plot:
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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Awards:
Won 6 Oscars. Another 17 wins & 16 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
All About Great Writing and Great Acting... See more (295 total) »

Cast

  (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)
Ralph Brooks ... Sarah Siddons Awards Guest (uncredited)
Jack Chefe ... Sarah Siddons Awards Guest (uncredited)
James Conaty ... Sarah Siddons Awards Guest (uncredited)
Franklyn Farnum ... Sarah Siddons Awards Guest (uncredited)
Bess Flowers ... Sarah Siddons Awards Guest (uncredited)
Carl M. Leviness ... Sarah Siddons Awards Guest on Dais (uncredited)
Thomas Martin ... 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)
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)
 
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Runtime:
138 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)
Certification:
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

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Trivia:
Fox studio chief Darryl F. Zanuck's casting notes revealed he had wanted John Garfield for Bill Sampson and Barbara Stanwyck for Margo Channing. Celeste Holm, Hugh Marlowe and Thelma Ritter were the first choices for their roles.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: When Karen, Bill and Margo are returning from a long weekend in the country, they run out of gas. They mention having driven the car over the last few days, but in the two closeups of the dashboard the odometer only reads between 00023 and 00024 miles - the studio probably bought a new car and cut it apart for the interior process shots.See more »
Quotes:
[Margo is getting drunk at the party]
Bill Sampson:Many of your guests have been wondering when they may be permitted to view the body. Where has it been laid out?
Margo Channing:It hasn't been laid out, we haven't finished with the embalming. As a matter of fact, you're looking at it - the remains of Margo Channing, sitting up. It is my last wish to be buried sitting up.
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Soundtrack:
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35 out of 38 people found the following review useful.
All About Great Writing and Great Acting..., 20 March 1999
Author: Donald J. Lamb from Philadelphia, PA

In show business, there is probably an Eve Harrington born every day. Someone who butters up to a performer of note, acting innocently, revealing none of the coldhearted ambition they really have. Anne Baxter plays this type of person to a tee. She looks like a baby-faced fan, but little do we know, there is a fame machine at work in her mind. Bette Davis, as Margo Channing, star of the stage, is a veteran who has seen it all. She is quite the egotist. Margo is a brilliant actress and she knows it. Eve discovers her blind spot and moves in on her like a quiet storm. This is the premise of ALL ABOUT EVE, Joseph L. Mankiewicz's masterpiece of sly wit and subtle manipulation. Mankiewicz also wrote the picture (winner of the Best Picture Oscar of 1950) with such skill, the talented cast need only to memorize the lines and deliver them with the proper technique.

The performances are great, regardless, especially by Bette Davis and the always detested George Sanders, one of my favorite actors of the Golden Age of Hollywood. The film is narrated initially by Sanders, who plays a ruthless swine of a theatre critic, then by Celeste Holm, the wife of Eve and Margo's playwrighter, then Bette Davis in the performance of a lifetime. The movie is about 90% dialogue, much like a play. The words are so crisp and sharp, you never sway or lose interest. These characters are just too interesting. Bette Davis has a cavalcade of unforgettable dialogue. "Fasten your seatbelts. Its going to be a bumpy night!" This is the one everyone remembers, but I would be remiss to get into any others.

The picture runs well over 2 hours, but it doesn't seem like enough. Mankiewicz could've held a seminar of screenwriting by showing this. George Sanders is the only actor of the roster to bring home an Academy Award, and rumor has it Davis and Baxter, who was just 27 at the time, were feuding during much of the shoot and lusted the Oscar. Time has been very good to the film as well. 1950 was a wonderful year for movies and ALL ABOUT EVE's artistic equal that year was the equally well-written SUNSET BOULEVARD, which took us behind the scenes of a tainted Hollywood. EVE takes on theatre and treats Hollywood like an afterthought. There are many references to the film industry, usually involving the scenes with Margo Channing's boyfriend, who is attempting to make a career on the silver screen.

The movie is highly unpredictable, especially the last scenes which tie the ideas of the story up. There is an Eve everywhere and each character gets what he or she deserves. Fasten the belts and listen up. This is screenwriting at its finest.

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