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->"''Fasten your seatbelts, it's going to be a bumpy night.''"
-->-- '''Margo Channing'''

Featuring what is perhaps Creator/BetteDavis's most memorable performance, ''All About Eve'' is a 1950 TwentiethCenturyFox film, written and directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz, recounting the tale of Margo Channing, a seasoned veteran of the stage and the darling of Broadway, taking under her wing Eve Harrington, a young acolyte with nowhere else to go, whose motives are not what they seem. Other important characters include Addison [=DeWitt=], a jaded, cynical, and frighteningly influential drama critic; Bill Samson, Margo's director boyfriend; Lloyd Richards, Margo's playwright; and Karen, Lloyd's wife and Margo's [[TheConfidant closest friend and confidant]]. The costumes were by famed Hollywood designer Edith Head and the film score was by Music/AlfredNewman. MarilynMonroe also appears in a small role.

''All About Eve'' was nominated for fourteen [[AcademyAward Academy Awards]] (including a whopping four nominations just for the actresses) and won six, including Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor (for Creator/GeorgeSanders as Addison [=DeWitt=]), Best Costume Design for a Black-and-White film (Edith Head and Charles Le Maire), Best Director, Best Screenplay and Best Sound Recording.

A Broadway [[TheMusical musical]] adaptation starring Creator/LaurenBacall, ''Applause'', was produced in 1970.

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!!This film provides examples of:
* AdamAndOrEve: The movie is about a specific woman, but also about ''many'' female characters who are trying to negotiate their identity as women in the modern world. Get it? It's "All About ''[[DoubleEntendre Eve]]''"???
* AffablyEvil: Addison and Eve.
* AgentPeacock: Addison again.
* AmbiguouslyGay: At least to modern viewers, Addison comes off as more than a little [[CampGay camp]], which is odd considering he blackmails Eve into having sex with with him.
** There are a few (very subtle) instances in the film where you can also argue that Eve shows some PsychoLesbian tendencies as well.
* AmbitionIsEvil: Eve knows exactly what she wants and will stop at nothing to get it.
** Lampshaded by Addison. "''You're an improbable person Eve and so am I, [[NotSoDifferent we have that in common]]. Also [[MisanthropeSupreme a contempt for humanity]], an inability to love or be loved, insatiable ambition and talent. We deserve each other.''"
* AnguishedDeclarationOfLove: Bill to Margo.
* BadassBoast:
--> '''Margo''': A mass of music and fire? That's me.
** And:
--> '''Addison''': Take a good look at me Eve, it's about time you did. I am Addison [=DeWitt=] and I am nobody's fool, least of all yours.
** Margo immediately subverts hers, reframing her "mass of music and fire" as "a kazoo and some sparklers."
* BadassLongcoat: Addison sports one of these.
* BadassInANiceSuit: Most of the males as well as Margo.
* BerserkButton: Getting too friendly with Bill has this effect on Margo. [[HairtriggerTemper Among others]].
** Don't laugh at Addison. Just. Don't.
* BettyAndVeronica: Karen is Betty to Margo's Veronica. Eve also fits the Betty role at first.
* BitchInSheepsClothing: Eve, oh so much.
* {{Blackmail}}: Addison does this to Eve late in the movie.
** Earlier, Eve does it to Karen when she threatens to tell Margo how Karen helped her unless Karen convinces Lloyd to cast her in his play.
* BreakTheHaughty
* BreakingLecture: Addison, to Eve.
* CampStraight: Addison.
* [[CantHoldHisLiquor Can't Hold Her Liquor]]: Karen, or at least Margo seems to think so when Karen starts to laugh hysterically at the fact Margo has willingly given up the part Eve was going to blackmail Karen for.
* CausticCritic: Addison, to everyone else's annoyance.
* TheChessmaster: Eve, although she is OutGambitted by Addison.
* CynicalMentor: Margo has been in theater for many years, has seen it all, and knows just what makes audiences tick. Addison has much wisdom to offer to a promising young unknown, but certainly does not feel compassion for her or for anyone else.
* TheDandy: Addison.
* DawsonCasting: In-universe; Margo feels washed-up for playing a character so much younger than her actual age.
* DeadpanSnarker: Margo, in spades. Also Addison and Birdie, to nearly as great an extent.
* DealWithTheDevil: Eve's growing complicity with Addison comes to have unforeseen costs.
* DoubleEntendre: In the title, "Eve" can refer to the main character, or to women in general.
** Also:
--->'''Lloyd''': She apologized, didn't she?
--->'''Karen''': On her knees, I've no doubt!
** A somewhat subtle one in the play titles: aging actress Margo stars in "Aged In Wood". [[spoiler:Eve spends a sizeable portion of the plot gunning for the lead in the play "Footprints on the Ceiling". [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar Now what activity might point a woman's feet towards the ceiling?]] ]]
* DrinkOrder: "I'll have a martini."
* DrowningMySorrows: Margo, at Bill's welcome home party.
* EverybodySmokes
* EveryoneHasStandards: Addison admonishes Eve for insulting the memory of dead heroes and the women who loved them.
* EvilBrit: Addison
* ExtremeDoormat: Eve towards Margo.
-->'''Eve:''' Well, if [Margo]'s got to pick on someone, I'd just as soon it was me.
* FollowTheLeader: You can blame this film for an entire subgenre of films that includes ''TheGirlInGoldBoots'' and ''{{Showgirls}}''.
* {{Foreshadowing}}: A subtle example at the beginning; everybody applauds at the beginning when Eve is set to receive the Sarah Siddons award - everyone, that is, except Margo and Karen. Also, when Eve first meets Margo and Lloyd, she specifically mentions the play Lloyd is currently writing.. Finally, there's the scene later where Margo catches Eve taking a bow to an empty stage, holding the dress Margo just wore in the play.
* FunnyForeigner: Max Fabian.
* GeniusDitz: Loyd Richards and Bill Sampson.
* GenreSavvy: Addison. He's seen it all, so that when a young actress who's interested in Eve meets him, he knows that "Phoebe" isn't her real name and the cycle is about to begin again.
-->'''Phoebe:''' I call myself Phoebe.
-->'''Addison:''' And why not? Tell me, Phoebe, do you want someday to have an award like that of your own?
-->'''Phoebe:''' More than anything else in the world.
-->'''Addison:''' Then you must ask Miss Harrington how to get one. Miss Harrington knows all about it.
** Also Birdie. Played for laughs at first ("What a story! Everything but the bloodhounds snapping at her rear end!"), but she's the first one to suspect that [[spoiler:Eve's devotion to Margo]] might not be all it seems to be.
* GentlemanSnarker: Addison.
* GratuitousFrench: Used by a few characters.
* GreenEyedMonster: Margo.
-->'''Bill:''' You have every reason for happiness, but due to some strange, uncontrollable, unconscious drive you permit the slightest action of a kid like Eve to turn you into a hysterical, screaming harpy!
** Eve is also envious of Margo's success.
* HairtriggerTemper: Margo in spades.
* HeelRealization: Margo has one partway through the film.
* HereWeGoAgain: At the end, it's rather heavily intimated that Phoebe may be planning to do the same thing to Eve that Eve has done to Margo.
* HowWeGotHere: The film opens at the award ceremony, then flashes back to show the events of the previous year, and finally ends up at the ceremony again.
* InfoDump: The opening narration of the film.
* InformedAbility: We see a sliver of the incredible performance Eve gives that's supposed to kick-start her acting career... but considering her character is performing ''fabulously'' throughout the film, we can assume she's great.
** And Margo Channing, the great lady of the theater, compared to Helen Hayes and Jeanne Eagels by Addison: all we see of her performance in ''Aged in Wood'' is a glimpse of the curtain call.
* InsufferableGenius: Margo, Bill and Addison.
* ItsAllAboutMe: Addison and Eve. Ironically, Margo is almost as self-centered as [[spoiler:the woman who idolizes her]].
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Bill.
* JerkWithAHeartOfJerk: Addison.
* LadyDrunk: Margo.
* LargeHam: Margo and Addison.
* LemonyNarrator: The film is partially narrated by Addison, who has a rather low opinion of the other principal characters, and of humanity in general.
* LoonyFan: Margo is the only source of happiness in Eve's life from before the two even meet in person, and the focus of her activities for a long time afterward.
** The ending shows that Eve may have gained a LoonyFan of her own.
* LoveTriangle: Between Margo, Bill and Eve.
** And Eve attempts one between her, Karen and Lloyd.
* ManipulativeBastard: Most of the important characters are skilled at manipulating others' emotions. Some elevate it to an art form.
* MeaningfulEcho: "Don't get up. And don't act as if ''I'' were the Queen Mother."
* MeaningfulName: More than a few. Eve is named after the first woman, which makes her character seem generic, while allowing the film's title to have a [[DoubleEntendre double meaning]]. Her surname, Harrington could be taken as a reference to "Red Herring". Margo is to Bill Sampson what Delilah was to Samson in that she robs him off his power. Addison [=DeWitt=]'s name is both a reference to the adder that offered Eve the apple in the garden and of course his wit: Addison The Wit.
* MultipleChoicePast: It turns out Eve has been lying about her background and true identity as part of her plan to manipulate Margo into becoming her understudy.
* NaiveNewcomer: Eve, when she first meets Margo.
* {{Narcissist}}: Addison.
* NoGuyWantsToBeChased: Bill implies this to Eve when [[spoiler:she tries to seduce him]]. The other reason, of course, is that he's already taken.
* OneHeadTaller: Addison is this to Eve. This is particularly noticeable at the end, when he hits her.
* OnlySaneMan: Bill, to some degree, and also Karen, are the only characters in the film who aren't massively screwed up and manipulating others for their own gain.
* TheOnlyWayTheyWillLearn: [[DoubleSubversion Doubly subverted]]. Karen deliberates on her plan to help Margo to get over herself. She finishes with "there's not even a reason why I shouldn't tell her," then, as she picks up the phone, adds, "in time." Subverted again, when it turns out ''Karen'' is the one without a clue.
* PermissionToSpeakFreely: Bertie starts off her early rants about Eve with a variation on this.
* PimpedOutCape: Eve has one when she gets her award, that Phoebe tries on when she shows she has the same ambitions.
* PimpedOutDress: The lead role in ''Aged in Wood'' calls for one.
* PrettyInMink: Particularly when some of the ladies comment enviously on a sable coat.
** Marilyn Monroe wearing an ermine coat.
** Margo jokes that she'll just wear a fur coat and a nightgown to her wedding.
* ProperlyParanoid: Margo
* PsychoLesbian: Whatever her feelings for Margo (or Phoebe), it's about as clear as the Hays code would allow that Eve leans toward women, one scene even closing with her and a female cohort ''retiring arm in arm to their boudoir''.
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: Given to both Margo and Eve.
* RichBitch: Margo.
* ShoutOutToShakespeare: ''Theatre/{{Macbeth}}'', specifically.
** Margo also quotes from ''Theatre/JuliusCaesar'' ("the evil that men do"), though she can't remember the whole quote.
* SmugSnake: Eve.
* TheSociopath: You could make a definite case for Addison and Eve.
* SpitTake: Max when Margo asks him to give Eve a job.
* SpockSpeak: Lloyd describing the time to Margo in the car.
* StalkerWithACrush: Eve is a stalker ''par excellence''. Whether what draws her to Margo can be called a crush depends on one's interpretation.
* TheStoic: Acerbic, icy, and unflappable, Addison is a Stoic to the very end, even when he would be entirely justified in showing some emotion. He feels passion only for the theatre, such as his joyful reverence for Margo Channing even when she is having a theatrical temper tantrum.
** In one scene, Eve is able to make him lose his temper, something no one else ever comes close to doing.
* SubvertedSuspicionAesop: The entire plot of the movie.
* TitleDrop: In Addison's opening monologue:
--> Eve... but more of Eve, later. All about Eve, in fact.
** The phrase "about Eve" crops up pretty regularly.
* UnusualEuphemism: Margo introduces Miss Casswell to Eve as [[BlatantLies "and old friend of Mr [=DeWitt=]'s mother"]], in mockery of Eve's youth and perceived na´vetÚ.
* UnwittingInstigatorOfDoom: None of Eve's schemes could have gotten started without Karen.
* VillainousBreakdown / VillainousBSOD: Eve, whilst Addison coldly and efficiently obliterates her entire facade in private. She still goes on to win the award we see her win at the start of the film and is clearly going to be successful, but she's a shadow of her former self.
* WhamLine:
-->There is something you can do. Something most important.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse?: Birdie completely disappears without explanation halfway through the film
* WideEyedIdealist: Karen, which allows Eve to manipulate her with ease.
* WorldOfSnark
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