Theater geek alert! ‘All About Eve’ tonight on TCM

“La La Land” joined “Titanic” and “All About Eve” last week as the latest movie to earn the most Oscar nominations ever. If you haven’t seen the latter lately, tune in to TCM 8 tonight to re-watch one of the best classic films about the theater ev-uh.

It stars Bette Davis as Margo Channing as an aging Broadway star.  Anne Baxter is Eve Harrington, who is young and hungry and wants  Margo’s life — all of it. She attached herself to the star like a leach.

The principal cast of "All About Eve", from left Gary Merrill, Bette Davis, George Sanders, Anne Baxter, Hugh Marlowe and Celeste Holm. (PHOTO: Wikipedia)
The principal cast of “All About Eve”, from left Gary Merrill, Bette Davis, George Sanders, Anne Baxter, Hugh Marlowe and Celeste Holm. (PHOTO: Wikipedia)

The quote, “Fasten your seatbelts; it’s going to be a bumpy night.” is uttered by Bette Davis. The movie also included Marilyn Monroe in one of her early roles.  It’s the only Oscar nominated movie to receive four female acting nominations (Davis and Baxter as Best Actress, Celeste Holm and Thelma Ritter as Best Supporting Actress). “All About Eve” placed 16th on AFI’s 1998 list of the 100 best American films.

Still photo from "All About Eve" includes (clockwise from lower right) Marilyn Monroe, Anne Baxter, Gregory RatoffGary Merrill, Celeste Holm and George Sanders.
Still photo from “All About Eve” includes (clockwise from lower right) Marilyn Monroe, Anne Baxter, Gregory Ratoff, Gary Merrill, Celeste Holm and George Sanders.

One of the best things about watching “All About Eve” tonight, TCM follows it with “An American in Paris” at 10:30p. That’s because today, TCM launched its 31 days of Oscar-winning and nominated films in alphabetical order from A to Z. Visit its site for day-by-day  information, video, archives and more.  Many, of course, based on stage plays and musicals Hollywood turned into films. These days it’s the other way around … SUNSET BOULEVARDAMÉLIEGROUNDHOG DAYCHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORYANASTASIABEACHESBEETLEJUICETHE BODYGUARDBOMBSHELL (from TV’s “Smashed”), BULL DURHAMTHE DEVIL WEARS PRADADINERTHE FLAMINGO KIDTHE HONEYMOONERS (from TV), KING KONG,  etc.

"The Bodyguard" made its North American premiere at the Paper Mill Playhouse in Milburn, NJ, featuring Deborah Cox as pop singer Rachel Marron who needs protection from a stalker. (PHOTO: Matthew Murphy)
“The Bodyguard” made its North American premiere at the Paper Mill Playhouse in Milburn, NJ, featuring Deborah Cox as pop singer Rachel Marron who needs protection from a stalker. (PHOTO: Matthew Murphy)

 

 

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