My Review of ‘All About Eve’ (1950)

This movie was based on a short story which itself was based on a true event. It’s also one of Bette Davis’ most memorable films.

An ensemble cast to die for!

Davis plays Margo Channing, a well-loved but aging Broadway star. She is surrounded by a coterie that includes her good friend Karen Richards (played by Celeste Holm), her husband and playwright Lloyd Richards (played by Hugh Marlowe), and Margo’s paramour Bill Sampson (played by Gary Merrill). There is also Margo’s no-nonsense assistant Birdie (played with devilish delight by the awesome Thelma Ritter).

And then there’s Eve Harrington (played by Anne Baxter). Poor little Eve, who seems to attend Margo’s performances almost obsessively. One rainy night, when Margo’s friends spot Eve moping around loitering outside the theater, they invite her in and make the introductions.

So nice to meet a fan! 🙂 But Birdie aint buying it.

Eve, who initially comes off as a naïve, starstruck girl, ingratiates her way into Margo’s confidence. Only Birdie (who ends up losing her job to Eve) sees right through her act from the start. Well, other than the audience, that is. 🙂

However, as Eve increasingly dominates assists Margo, the star suspects the protege isn’t the innocent she first thought.

The film is notable for the outstanding performances and the excellent script, in which conflict builds between all the main characters. In my opinion, Bette Davis does her best work in this one. Margo may be a brassy Broadway veteran, but she reveals a vulnerable side. Further, the part of Eve, which could be played with nary a human emotion, is softened a bit when she meets her match in acid-tongued theatre critic Addison DeWitt (played to the hilt by George Sanders).

Of course, the most memorable line goes to Bette Davis: “Fasten your seatbelts. It’s going to be a bumpy night.”

Without revealing the ending, I’ll only say that the movie ends on a note that contrasts the old guard (Broadway) with the new (Hollywood). And suggests that, despite the transition, nothing ever really changes.

Out with the old, in with the new? 🙂

The film also has a small speaking part for the young and still unknown Marilyn Monroe.

This review is part of the Bette Davis Blogathon hosted by In The Good Old Days of Classic Hollywood! Check it out! 🙂

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13 Responses to My Review of ‘All About Eve’ (1950)

  1. Pingback: THE THIRD ANNUAL BETTE DAVIS BLOGATHON IS HERE – In The Good Old Days Of Classic Hollywood.

  2. This is definitely one of the most intensely dramatic stories I’ve ever seen on screen. Everyone seems perfectly cast and memorable in their parts.

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  3. Absolutely my favourite screenplay. I could listen to it incessantly. About a year ago I finally showed All About Eve to my daughter. She was entranced. Another fan was born. I look forward to sharing your review with her.

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    • Debbi says:

      Thank you so much! Great to hear that these classic films are still being enjoyed by young people! 🙂 Since their themes are timeless, I shouldn’t be that surprised, huh?

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  4. I agree – this was one of Bette Davis’ finest films. She is a study in acting, would you agree?

    “All About Eve” is going to be on the big screen in our area in a couple of months. I can’t wait!!!

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  5. Thanks for participating in the blogathon with a delightful article on one of my favorite films. I seen “All About Eve” on the big screen at the cinema on Friday, and I’m seeing it again on the big screen tomorrow. I can’t resist seeing it twice.

    I’m also hosting another blogathon, and I would love to invite you to participate. Here is the link below with more details.

    https://crystalkalyana.wordpress.com/2018/03/19/announcing-the-second-annual-judy-garland-blogathon/

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    • Debbi says:

      I could watch “All About Eve” over and over. It’s such a great film!

      I’ll mull over what I could write about Judy Garland and let you know. Thanks for the invite! 🙂

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      • Same here. The audience the other day were in hysterics, and it probably will be the same tomorrow. You could turn the movie on any chapter and you’ll here a memorable quote. Most of my favorite quotes come from “All About Eve”.

        I look forward to hearing what you choose for the Judy Blogathon.

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    • Debbi says:

      I was checking out her bio and would love to do a book review.

      I find her story inspiring, if sad. Kind of like Marilyn Monroe’s story. But different. 🙂

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  6. Been too long since I’ve seen ‘All About Eve’ and glad I read your review to re-ignite my interest. Going to watch it this weekend! And glad I’ve discovered your blog as well – look forward to reading more of your work. Best regards, Paul

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