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All About Eve (1950)

Not Rated | | Drama | 27 October 1950 (USA)
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An ingenue insinuates herself into the company of an established but aging stage actress and her circle of theater friends.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Margo
... Eve
... Addison DeWitt
... Karen
... Bill Simpson
... Lloyd Richards
... Max Fabian
... Phoebe
... Miss Casswell
... Birdie
... Aged Actor
... Girl
... Leading Man
Leland Harris ... Doorman
Barbara White ... Autograph Seeker
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Storyline

Eve (Anne Baxter) is waiting backstage to meet her idol, 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. Only playwright/critic DeWitt (George Sanders) sees through Eve's evil plan, which is to take her parts and her fiancé, Bill Simpson (Gary Merrill). When the fiancé shows no interest, she tries for playwright Lloyd Richards (Hugh Marlowe), but DeWitt stops her. After she accepts her award, she decides to skip the after-party and goes to her room, where a young woman named Phoebe has sneaked into her room and fallen asleep. This is where the "Circle of Life" now comes to fruition as Eve will get played like she played Margo.

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

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27 October 1950 (USA)  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,400,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,177, 8 October 2000, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$10,177, 8 October 2000
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(Western Electric Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

In the opening banquet scene, the first time Margo appears is when her hand comes into the shot in front of the sleeping Max Fabian and steals a cigarette from his open case. See more »

Goofs

When Addison slaps Eve in the hotel room, her head snaps toward him rather than away, indicating a "stage" slap. See more »

Quotes

Addison DeWitt: And what's your name?
Phoebe: Phoebe.
Addison DeWitt: Phoebe?
Phoebe: I call myself Phoebe.
Addison DeWitt: And why not? Tell me, Phoebe, do you want someday to have an award like that of your own?
Phoebe: More than anything else in the world.
Addison DeWitt: Then you must ask Miss Harrington how to get one. Miss Harrington knows all about it.
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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 »

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Referenced in The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #19.143 (2011) See more »

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Blue Moon
(1934) (uncredited)
Music by Richard Rodgers
Played on the piano at the party while Lloyd and Margo are in the kitchen
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A Magnificent Timeless Tale of Ambition, Manipulation and Betrayal - Certainly One of the Best Classics Ever
17 October 2005 | by See all my reviews

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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