"Fasten your seatbelts, it's going to be a bumpy night!" (Bette Davis as Margo Channing in All About Eve, 1950)
In the story the aging (all of 40 years old!) Broadway star Margo Channing is the idol of young and seemingly naive Eve Harrington (played by Anne Baxter), who has seen every performance of Margo's latest show. One night Margo's best friend Karen invites Eve backstage, having noticed her several times before. At first Margo is making comments about fanatic admirers and how they are nobodies, but soon enough Eve is charming and almost entrancing everyone with her tragic back story and her adoration of Margo and the theater. Before long Eve is Margo's new Girl-Friday, but once the honeymoon period is over it becomes very clear where Eve's ambition lies. The thing is that no one, except the drama critic Addison DeWitt, realizes just how far Eve will go to attain that new road 'paved with stars'. There is blackmail, drunken accusations, backstabbing, and of course the appearance of a young Marilyn as aspiring actress Claudia Caswell. I loved the movie, I'd watch it again, and I'm even inclined to say that it is now one of my favorite classic movies. I highly recommend watching it next time you are in the mood for a classic flick.
|Anne Baxter as Eve Harrington, Bette Davis as Margo Channing and Marilyn Monroe as Claudia Casswell|