Sunday, March 24, 2013

All About Eve

1950 American Feature

Cast: Bette Davis, Anne Baxter, George Sanders, Celeste Holm, Gary Merrill, Hugh Marlowe, Thelma Ritter and Marilyn Monroe
Director/Writer: Joseph L. Mankiewicz, based on the short story The Wisdom of Eve by Mary Orr

A young ingenue insinuates herself in to the company of an established but aging stage actress and her circle of theater friends.


  • Internet Movie Database: 8.4/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes - Critics: 100% / Audience: 94% 
  • OMG rating: 9/10

  • DVD/Blu-ray: Available
  • Soundtrack: Available
  • Books: Available


  • Academy Awards for Best Picture, Director, Supporting Actor (Sanders), Screenplay, Black and White Costume Design and Sound Recording; also nominated for Best Actress (Davis and Baxter), Supporting Actress (Holm and Ritter), Black and White Cinematography, Black and White Art Direction, Scoring of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture and Film Editing.
  • BAFTA Award for Best Film from Any Source.
  • Cannes Film Festival Award for Best Actress (Davis) and Special Jury Prize.
  • Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Motion Pictures.
  • Golden Globe Award for Best Screenplay; also nominated for Best Motion Picture - Drama, Director, Actress - Drama (Davis), Supporting Actor (Sanders) and Supporting Actress (Ritter).
  • New York Film Critics Circle Awards for Best Film, Director and Actress (Davis).
  • Writers Guild of America Award for Best Written American Comedy; also nominated for Best Written American Drama.

  • Working Title: Best Performance.
  • Casting Call: Tallulah Bankhead, Ingrid Bergman, Claudette Colbert, Jeanne Crain, Joan Crawford, Nancy Davis, Marlene Dietrich, José Ferrer, Zsa Zsa Gabor, John Garfield, Susan Hayward, Angela Lansbury, Gertrude Lawrence, Ronald Reagan, Donna Reed and Barbara Stanwyck.
  • According to Joseph L. Mankiewicz's biography, the character of Eve Harrington was originally conceived as a lesbian. Hints of this remain in the final film, most notably the scene with Eve and her female neighbor.
  • With 14 nominations, All About Eve held the record for the most Academy Award nominated movie until 1997, when Titanic matched it. All About Eve also holds the record for the film with the greatest number of female acting Oscar nominations (although none of the actresses won) and was the first film to have two actresses nominated for Best Actress.
  • In 1970 All About Eve was adapted into the Broadway musical Applause, which won four Tony Awards, including Best Musical and Best Actress for Lauren Bacall, who played Margo Channing. When Bacall left the show, Anne Baxter, who had played Eve in the film, took over as Margo. Thelma Ritter's character Birdie, Margo's dresser in the film, was changed to Duane, a gay hairdresser, in the musical. Played by Lee Roy Reams, Duane is largely recognized as the first "likable" openly gay character in a Broadway production. In 1973, Applause was adapted for television.
  • The 1972 film All About Alice spoofed All About Eve with an all male cast.
  • 33 years after All About Eve, life imitated art when Anne Baxter stepped into Bette Davis' shoes to replace her on the TV series Hotel after she fell ill. Davis never returned to the show.
  • In 1990, All About Eve was inducted into the National Film Registry.
  • In 1998, All About Eve was ranked #16 on the American Film Institute's "100 Years, 100 Movies" list.
  • In 2003, Eve Harrington was ranked the #23 villain on the American Film Institute's "100 Years, 100 Heroes & Villains" list.
  • In 2005, "Fasten your seatbelts, it's going to be a bumpy night!" was ranked #9 on the American Film Institute's "100 Years, 100 Movie Quotes" list.
  • In 2007, All About Eve was ranked #28 on the American Film Institute's "100 Years, 100 Movies: 10th Anniversary Edition" list.

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