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All About Eve

138 min
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Joseph L. Mankiewicz
Won 6 Oscars. Another 17 wins & 16 nominations
Country: USA
Release Date: 1951-01-15
Filming Locations: 242 West 45th Street, Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA
Opening Weekend: $10,177 (USA) (8 October 2000)
Gross: $10,177 (USA) (8 October 2000)
Marilyn Monroe
Marilyn Monroe
All About Eve
Bette Davis
Margo Channing
Anne Baxter
Eve Harrington
George Sanders
Addison DeWitt
Celeste Holm
Karen Richards
Gary Merrill
Bill Simpson
Hugh Marlowe
Lloyd Richards
Gregory Ratoff
Max Fabian
Barbara Bates
Thelma Ritter
Walter Hampden
Aged Actor
Randy Stuart
Craig Hill
Leading Man
Leland Harris
Barbara White
Autograph Seeker
Eddie Fisher
Stage Manager (scenes deleted)
William Pullen
Claude Stroud
Eugene Borden
Helen Mowery
Steven Geray
Captain of Waiters (as Steve Geray)
Ralph Brooks
Sarah Siddons Awards Guest (uncredited)
Jack Chefe
Sarah Siddons Awards Guest (uncredited)
James Conaty
Sarah Siddons Awards Guest (uncredited)
Franklyn Farnum
Sarah Siddons Awards Guest (uncredited)
Bess Flowers
Sarah Siddons Awards Guest (uncredited)
Carl M. Leviness
Sarah Siddons Awards Guest on Dais (uncredited)
Thomas Martin
Waiter (uncredited)
Harold Miller
Sarah Siddons Awards Guest on Dais (uncredited)
Stanley Orr
Sarah Siddons Awards Guest (uncredited)
Marion Pierce
Sarah Siddons Awards Guest (uncredited)
'Snub' Pollard
Sarah Siddons Awards Guest (uncredited)
Larry Steers
Sarah Siddons Awards Guest (uncredited)
Robert Whitney
Actor in 'Hearts of Oak' (uncredited)
Did you know?
Bette Davis fell in love with her co-star Gary Merrill during the shoot of this movie and the two married in July 1950 a few weeks after filming was completed. They adopted a baby girl, whom they named Margot.
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20th-Century Fox paid Mary Orr $5,000 for all rights to "The Wisdom of Eve".
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The theatre scenes in the film were shot at San Francisco's Curran Theatre at 445 Geary Street a couple of blocks from Union Square.
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In the first scene just as the camera pulls away from the award plaque, the dolly tracks are visible on the floor.
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When Addison slaps Eve in the hotel room, her head snaps toward him rather than away, indicating a "stage" slap.
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In the dressing-room scene at the beginning, Margot turns in her chair to look at Karen. In the subsequent reverse angle, her arm positioning across the back of the chair has completely changed.
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Margo Channing: I distinctly remember, Addison, crossing you off of my guest list. What are you doing here?
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Lloyd Richards: That bitter cynicism of yours is something you've acquired since you left Radcliffe!
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Margo Channing: She thinks only of me, doesn't she?
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Is this movie based on a novel?
All About Eve is based on a short story, 'The Wisdom of Eve', written by American author Mary Orr [1910-2006]. It was first published in Cosmopolitan magazine in May 1946. After Orr dramatized the story as a radio play, it came to the attention of screenwriter and director Joseph Mankiewicz, and he and producer Darryl F. Zanuck agreed to turn it into a movie. All About Eve won the 1951 Academy Award for Best Motion Picture.
Were the characters based on real people?
German/Austrian actress Elisabeth Bergner has been named by author Mary Orr as well as by director Joseph Mankiewicz, as the inspiration for the character of Margo Channing. As reported in The New York Times (1 October, 2000) and in Vanity Fair (April, 1999), Bergner recounted an incident to Orr in which a would-be Eve Harrington, a young actress calling herself Martina Lawrence (after a character played on stage by Bergner), stood outside the stage door for months wearing a red coat. Orr: "The girl lied to her, deceived her, did things behind her back, and even went after her husband..."
Any recommendations for movies with a character as despicable as Eve?
The money-grubbing Veda Forrester (Ann Blyth) in Mildred Pierce (1945) should be enough to raise your hankles. Many find Scarlett O'Hara (Vivien Leigh) in Gone with the Wind (1939) to be infuriating, although some viewers say that they feel sorry for her at the end. Diana Christensen (Faye Dunaway) in Network (1976) is also high on a lot of many detestometers. More recently, Drew Barrymore played the scheming and contemptible Ivy in Poison Ivy (1992).
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