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All About Eve (1950)

Passed | | Drama | 27 October 1950 (USA)
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A seemingly timid but secretly ruthless ingénue insinuates herself into the lives of an aging Broadway star and her circle of theater friends.

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Joseph L. Mankiewicz (written for the screen by)
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Top Rated Movies #137 | Won 6 Oscars. Another 18 wins & 18 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Bette Davis ... Margo
Anne Baxter ... Eve
George Sanders ... Addison DeWitt
Celeste Holm ... Karen
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 Leland Harris ... Doorman
Barbara White Barbara White ... Autograph Seeker
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Storyline

Eve Harrington (Anne Baxter) is waiting backstage to meet her idol, talented but aging Broadway star Margo Channing (Bette Davis). It seems innocent enough as Eve explains that she has seen Margo in EVERY performance of her current play. Margo and her friends take Eve under their wing but only theatre critic Addison DeWitt (George Sanders) sees through Eve's evil plan, which is to take Margo's parts and her fiancé, Bill Simpson (Gary Merrill) too.

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Taglines:

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

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

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Trivia

Gary Merrill and Hugh Marlowe also appeared together the previous year, 1949, in the movie "Twelve O'Clock High (1949)," which starred Gregory Peck. In "All About Eve (1950)" in the airport scene when Gary Merrill is flying off to California to direct a movie, he says to Bette Davis, "We can't all be Gregory Peck." See more »

Goofs

When Eve and Addison DeWitt are walking down the street in New Haven from the Shubert Theatre, the pedestrians behind them are walking at a faster pace, but never gain any ground on them. This is because "back projection" is being used; George Sanders and Anne Baxter are not really walking down a street. They are "walking in place" and the background is actually projected film being shown behind them. See more »

Quotes

Bill Sampson: Looks like I'm going to have a very fancy party...
Margo: I thought you were going to be late.
Bill Sampson: When I'm guest of honor?
Margo: I had no idea you were even here.
Bill Sampson: I ran into Eve on my way upstairs; she told me you were dressing.
Margo: That never stopped you before.
Bill Sampson: Well, we started talking, she wanted to know all about Hollywood, she seemed so interested...
Margo: She's a girl of so many interests.
Bill Sampson: It's a pretty rare quality these days.
Margo: She's a girl of so many rare qualities.
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Crazy Credits

The film opens straightaway with its own theme, without the ubiquitous "Fox Fanfare". See more »


Soundtracks

Poinciana
(1936) (uncredited)
Music by Nat Simon
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Fasten your seat belts...
11 December 1998 | by TetselSee all my reviews

What can you say about a film like this? It has one of the greatest screenplays ever written, fabulous directing, and sensational performances by Anne Baxter, Bette Davis and George Sanders. And on top of it all, it's got Marilyn Monroe! What more could you want?!? It's full of snappy dialogue, great one liners, and a realistic and interesting plot. The epitome of good movie making. Oh, if only today's filmmakers were forced to watch All About Eve before they were allowed to make their own!


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

27 October 1950 (USA) See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,400,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,177, 8 October 2000

Gross USA:

$63,463

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$151,052
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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