YMMV: All About Eve

  • Adaptation Displacement: The film was based on a short story "The Wisdom of Eve" in which the title character is a Karma Houdini (which The Hays Code wouldn't allow for in the film). The short story, in turn, is believed to be Very Loosely Based on a True Story with actress Elisabeth Bergner as the inspiration for Margo.
  • Alternate Character Interpretation:
    • George Sanders himself sees Eve as a "the closest thing to a heroine" in the story and Margo as immensely dislikable and unrelatable. This is probably why Showgirls - which is this except with Vegas showgirls - made the 'Eve' the main character.
    • Could Karen's sabotage of Margo's lift to the train station (making her miss her performance) be just her trying to give Eve a chance - or a moment of frustration wanting to knock Margo down a peg after weeks of her being unbearable.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • At one point, Margo quotes from Julius Caesar ("the evil that men do", though she can't remember what comes after that). Three years later, Joseph L. Mankiewicz went on to direct an adaptation of Julius Caesar.
    • Margo refers to her maid Bertie as a "fifth rate vaudeville star". Fast forward to What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? where Bette Davis would play a formerly famous vaudeville child star, in the shadow of another woman who went on to become a noted film star.
    • Marilyn Monroe as an aspiring starlet. Her last scene is being laughed out of her theatre audition and told to try televisionnote . Not only did she become a superstar in real life, she never starred in any television productions.
    • Anne Baxter, who played Eve Harrington, would eventually play Margo in the musical adaptation.
  • I Am Not Spock: Due to Bette Davis being the lead and on the cover or poster, underneath the title - many first time viewers get a surprise when they learn that Davis's character is not called Eve.
  • Magnificent Bastard: Addison De Witt.
  • Memetic Mutation: Do we even need to say it? Something about seat belts...
  • Nightmare Fuel: The concept of someone slowly destabilizing your life and your nearest and dearest friends not believing you when you turn to them for help makes Margo's frequent angry outbursts very understandable.
  • One-Scene Wonder: Marilyn Monroe makes one of her first film appearances, playing a Dumb Blonde.
  • Values Dissonance: Addison's scathing comments to Marilyn Monroe's character about how she has no chance in theatre and must resort to television. Back in that time, television was quite new and considered a real step down for any actor, rather than the easier way to get famous it would become (in terms of theatre acting anyway).
  • Unfortunate Implications: It has been argued that this movie has anti-homosexual and anti-feminist undertones. Addison and Eve are presented as villains, and, as noted, are often interpreted as homosexuals. Eve's focus on her career, in contrast to Karen's devotion to her husband, and Margo's eventual acceptance of Bill and of her fading career, is shown as devious, and she eventually succumbs to Addison's domination. The Other Wiki has full details.