August 6th, 2019 | Updated on February 14th, 2022
Eve (Anne Baxter) is waiting backstage to meet her idol, aging Broadway star Margo Channing (Bette Davis). It seems innocent enough as Eve explains that she has seen Margo in every performance of her current play.
Only playwright/critic DeWitt (George Sanders) sees through Eve’s evil plan, which is to take her parts and her fiancé, Bill Simpson (Gary Merrill).
When the fiancé shows no interest, she tries for playwright Lloyd Richards (Hugh Marlowe), but DeWitt stops her.
After she accepts her award, she decides to skip the after-party and goes to her room, where a young woman named Phoebe has sneaked into her room and fallen asleep.
This is where the “Circle of Life” now comes to fruition as Eve will get played like she played Margo.
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Movie Reviews: “All About Eve”
Movie Review: DAILY NEWS
“All About Eve” is not only a brilliant and clever portrait of an actress, it is a downright funny film, from its opening scene to the final fadeout.
The 20th Century-Fox production, with Bette Davis, Anne Baxter, Celeste Holm and George Sanders in the leading roles, is being shown only four times, daily at the Roxy Theater.
As patrons will not be seated during the running of the film, it behooves them to consult the time table for the Roxy to be sure they get into the theatre at the beginning of the picture, or during the stage show.
This system is being tried by management as an experiment. “All About Eve” will be a smash hit, as everyone concerned in the making of the picture has put his and her best efforts into it, with the result that it is one of the outstanding screen entertainments of the year.
Movie Review: NEW REPUBLIC
Once a year, Hollywood relaxes the lollypop diet on which it sustains a large but jaded public, and serves up one dish of acidulous sophistication. Or to be more precise, about once a year Joseph Mankiewicz at Twentieth Century-Fox does this under the indulgent eye of Darryl F. Zanuck.
The last chef’s special was Letter to Three Wives; the new one is All About Eve, the bitchiest fabrication since Mrs. Luce’s The Women.
It is not true, as you may have heard, that All About Eve is a great picture and proof that Hollywood has grown up overnight.
Its highly polished, often witty surface hides an unenterprising plot and some preposterous human behavior.
What makes the picture seem so good (what makes it eminently worth seeing) is the satirical touches in its detail and the performance of Bette Davis.
Movie Review: Radio Times
“Fasten your seatbelts, it’s going to be a bumpy night!”, and with the acerbic talents of multi-Oscar-winning writer/director Joseph L Mankiewicz and his magnificent cast – the superb Bette Davis (replacing, thankfully, an ailing Claudette Colbert), the acid-tongued George Sanders, Celeste Holm, Thelma Ritter, Marilyn Monroe – it certainly is.
On its original release, this tale about rivalries in the theatre was criticised in some quarters for being over-wordy and relentlessly arch, though today’s audiences tend to revel in its wit and cynicism.
The dialogue is especially clever and the performances are first-rate. If the framing flashback structure seems a little contrived, or if Anne Baxter’s Eve doesn’t quite have the killer instinct required for the role, these are minor blemishes in a classic movie, whose qualities remind us that there once was a Hollywood where such sophisticated treats could be made.