All about Eve
1950 PG 132min BW
Undoubtedly Bette Davis’s finest performance, as an ageing Broadway star threatened by an unscrupulous, saccharine-sweet young rival (Anne Baxter), who wants to replace her on stage and in bed. Traditional backstage drama but brilliantly acted and elevated to a higher level by a savagely witty script from Joseph L Mankiewicz, who won Oscars for both writing and direction.
In a splendid supporting cast, the young Marilyn Monroe gives a brief but eye-catching performance. Did you know?
Claudette Colbert was originally set to play the role of Margo Channing, but a slipped disc prevented her. Gertrude Lawrence was then considered, as was Marlene Dietrich, before Mankiewicz finally settled on Bette Davis. Say it again!
“Fasten your seatbelts, it’s going to be a bumpy night!” Margo Channing Oscars best picture
, Joseph L Mankiewicz, directing, screenplay,
George Sanders, supporting actor
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