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

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Drama

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Passed | See all certifications »

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Bette Davis said in her autobiography, "I can think of no project that from the outset was as rewarding from the first day to the last. It is easy to understand why. It was a great script, had a great director, and was a cast of professionals all with parts they liked. It was a charmed production from the word go." See more »

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It's not clear how Karen would've drained a car's almost-full gas tank of gas. There's no drain plug under a car to drain it of gas. The only way would be to siphon it out of the filler tube at the top. It wouldn't be an easy task for a society lady, and it would take a long time. It can be a messy business so if she did do it she would probably stink of gas. See more »

Quotes

Margo: Encore du champagne.
Waiter: More champagne, Miss Channing?
Margo: That's what I said, bub.
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Crazy Credits

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

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Referenced in Modern Family: The Late Show (2013) See more »

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Poinciana
(1936) (uncredited)
Music by Nat Simon
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Simply the Perfect Film
26 December 2004 | by d858thompsonSee all my reviews

All About Eve is simply the perfect film. Fact follows fiction in the casting of Bette Davis, a star who was an incredible actress but fighting the inevitable - the passage of time. First off, Better Davis was always an incredible actress, no matter what part she took and this was the perfect part for her. Anne Baxter is tremendous in the part of Eve - she plays the part well. It's multi-faceted and challenging and she definitely rose to the challenge. Celeste Holm is great, too. She's got a smaller part but does a great job with it. Celeste Holm is an actress who has incredible stature, even in the later years of her career, like when she was in that television show "Promised Land." But Addison DeWitt - takes the cake. I can see why he won the Oscar. I don't want to say much about the story. The film is one that has to be taken in as a whole to be truly appreciated. Enjoy it - it's as tasty as honey! One thing - please never let them make a re-make of this film - it's perfect. It's off limits. It would be painting a new version of the Mona Lisa. This one is perfect!


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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

27 October 1950 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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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

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Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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