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DVD cover for All About Eve

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Friday the 25th of February
Pot luck supper @ 7pm, Movie @ 8pm

Fasten your seat belts, it's going to be a bumpy night!
--Margo Channing (Bette Davis)


USA: 1950 -- Directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz
Written by Joseph L. Mankiewicz
Starring Bette Davis, Anne Baxter, George Sanders, Celeste Holm, Marilyn Monroe, and Thelma Ritter

Bill's thirty-two. He looks thirty-two. He looked it five years ago, he'll look it twenty years from now. I hate men.
--Bette Davis as Margo Channing

Showered with Oscars, this wonderfully bitchy (and witty) comedy written and directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz concerns an aging theater star (Bette Davis) whose life is being supplanted by a wolf-in-sheep's-clothing ingenue (Anne Baxter) whom she helped. This is a film for a viewer to take in like a box of chocolates, packed with scene-for-scene delights that make the entire story even better than it really is. The film also gives deviously talented actors such as George Sanders and Thelma Ritter a chance to speak dazzling lines; Davis bites into her role and never lets go. A classic from Mankiewicz, a legendary screenwriter and the brilliant director of A Letter to Three Wives, The Barefoot Contessa, and Sleuth.

Hope to see you there. I'll save you an aisle seat equipped with a seat belt!

Bette Davis as Margo Channing Bette Davis as Margo Channing


Won Oscars for Best Picture, Best Director and Best Writing - Screenplay (Joseph L. Mankiewicz), Best Actor in a Supporting Role (George Sanders), Best Costume Design - Black-and-White, and Best Sound, Recording

Nominated for Oscars for Best Actress in a Leading Role (Anne Baxter & Bette Davis), Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Celeste Holm & Thelma Ritter), Best Art Direction-Set Decoration - Black-and-White, Best Cinematography - Black-and-White, Best Film Editing, and Best Music, Scoring of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture

Won Golden Globe for Best Screenplay

Ranks #53 on the Internet Movie Database's Top 250 Movies

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Memorable Quotes

Margo Channing: I'll admit I may have seen better days... but I'm still not to be had for the price of a cocktail, like a salted peanut.

Addison DeWitt: You're maudlin and full of self-pity. You're magnificent!

Addison DeWitt: We all come into this world with our little egos equipped with individual horns. If we don't blow them, who else will?

Addison DeWitt: [voiceover] Margo Channing is a star of the theater. She made her stage debut at the age of four in "Midsummer Night's Dream," playing a fairy. She entered, quite unexpectedly, stark naked. She has been a star ever since.

Miss Claudia Caswell: Oh, waiter!
Addison DeWitt: That is not a waiter, my dear, that is a butler.
Miss Claudia Caswell: Well, I can't yell "Oh butler!" can I? Maybe somebody's name is Butler.
Addison DeWitt: You have a point. An idiotic one, but a point.

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Ranks first in the Most Academy Award Nominated Films with 14 nominations, set a record which has been tied only by the No.2 Titanic (1997).

In 1970, the story was adapted into a Broadway musical called Applause (1973) (TV). Lauren Bacall played Margo Channing. When Bacall left the show, the actress who took over the role of Margo Channing was Anne Baxter, who had played the role of Eve in the film.

Claudette Colbert was originally cast as Margo Channing, but suffered a ruptured disc during filming on Three Came Home (1950) and had to withdraw. Bette Davis stepped into the role, even though 20th Century Fox producer Darryl F. Zanuck and Davis couldn't stand each other, going back to when Davis walked out from her post as president of the Motion Picture Academy in 1941.

Anne Baxter successfully pressured the powers that be to get her nominated for an Oscar in the Best Actress category rather than Best Supporting Actress. This is thought to have split the vote between her and Bette Davis. The winner for the 1950 Best Actress was Judy Holliday for Born Yesterday (1950).

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Revealing mistakes: In the scene where Eve and Addison De Witt are walking down the street in New Haven from the Schubert Theater, the pedestrians behind them are walking at a faster pace, but never gain any ground on them.

Continuity: The hands in the bedside clocks do not move.

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