All About Eve
Twentieth Century-Fox, 1950
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What a screenplay! What a cast! What a performance by Bette! Lucky for her, Darryl F. Zanuck offered her the role of Margo Channing just when she thought her career was over. Claudette Colbert had been forced to leave the production due to a back injury and although Bette was the third choice (Ingrid Bergman had been his second choice) she won the part. Its hard to think of anyone else in the role of Margo Channing since this part seems so tailored to Bette in every respect. She was nominated, once again for an Oscar but lost out. George Sanders took home the prize for his wonderful portrayal of drama critic Addison DeWitt. Its probably the best screenplay ever written and the ensemble cast is superb. She met her fourth and last husband, Gary Merrill during the filming and the their acting was enhanced since they were falling in love at the time. Every scene is superb, but my favorite is the scene where Margo and Karen Richards are sitting in the car waiting for Lloyd Richards to get gasoline. Bette is wonderful. In my opinion, this is probably the best screenplay ever written with Citizen Kane perhaps a touch better. If you don't see any other Bette Davis film, see this one!