Tuesday, April 7, 2015


(Post 13 of 50)

Writer Sam Staggs called All About Eve "the bitchiest movie ever made." 

Joesph L. Mankiewicz put all his formidable writing talents into the script for this story of show business back stabbing and career opportunism. There is no shortage of great dialogue, great performances led by Bette Davis and Anne Baxter and it's just fun to watch.

But should this have won Best Picture over Sunset Boulevard? I'll have to get back to you on that one.

And the Elisha Cook Jr. supporting player award goes to…George Sanders. All About Eve is known for having many memorable performances, but it is George Sanders as the acerbic critic Addison DeWitt that really steals the movie. Almost every movie that I've seen him in he plays a charming, insufferable cad. In All About Eve, he is a totally insulting and condescending throughout, but you manage to like him anyway (At least I do). I really enjoy every line he utters in this movie.


  1. George Sanders is awesome!
    But I would argue that in a movie with so many great female roles such an award should go to one of the girls.

  2. Interesting that none of the four nominated actresses from this film won an Oscar even though the film won six other awards. Bette Davis, Anne Baxter, Celeste Holme,Thelma Ritter are all very good in this.