Director: Joseph L. Mankiewicz
Writer(s): Joseph L. Mankiewicz
Cast: Bette Davis, Anne Baxter and George Sanders
Based on the story The Wisdom of Eve by Mary Orr, ALL ABOUT EVE is a backstage story revolving around aspiring actress Eve Harrington (Anne Baxter). Tattered and forlorn, Eve shows up in the dressing room of Broadway mega-star Margo Channing (Bette Davis), weaving a melancholy life story to Margo and her friends. Taking pity on the girl, Margo takes Eve as her personal assistant. Before long, it becomes apparent that naïve Eve is a Machiavellian conniver who cold-bloodedly uses Margo, her director Bill Sampson (Gary Merill), Lloyd’s wife Karen (Celeste Holm), and waspish critic Addison De Witt (George Sanders) to rise to the top of the theatrical heap.
“A motion picture that, because of its priceless dialogue and unforgettable lead performance, will never lose its luster.” – James Berardinelli, ReelViews