Fav Films of the 50’s ~ All About Eve ~ #4

11 Apr

One of the greatest movies of all time, All About Eve was nominated for a record 14 Academy Award nominations and took home 6, including Best Picture and Best Director. This movie was all about deception, betrayal, love and backstabbing. It also mirrored the relationship of the characters with the actresses that portrayed them.

It was also one of the first films to debut the new rising starlet, Marilyn Monroe, who played a rising young starlet. Bette Davis was enchanting as well as diabolical as Margo Channing, while Anne Baxter, who played Eve Harrington was a true chameleon, taking on the great Margo Channing and becoming an almost duplicate of the aging star of stage. Bette Davis claims to have based her character on the persona of film actress Talullah Bankhead. Davis’ line “Fasten your seatbelts, it’s going to be a bumpy night” is legendary, but, in fact, all of the film’s dialog sparkles with equal brilliance.

George Sanders, too was manipulative and almost menacing, yet he was the guy you loved to hate. His role gained him an Academy Award for Best Actor in a supporting role, as Addison DeWitt. The film also starred, Celeste Holm, Thelma Ritter, Hugh Marlow and Bette Davis’s own real life husband, Gary Merrill.

All About Eve is film perfection.
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Posted by on April 11, 2007 in 10 Favorite Films of the 1950's, 50's, Classic


One response to “Fav Films of the 50’s ~ All About Eve ~ #4

  1. Palm Springs Savant

    June 16, 2007 at 3:59 pm

    I love All About Eve…Bette at her finest! I just did a post on Classic Movie lines- of course a line from this made it. Stop by and say hi sometime.


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