One of the wittiest (and most cynical) flicks of all time follows aspiring young actress Eve Harrington (Baxter) as she ingratiates herself with a prominent group of theatre people so she can become a Broadway star without the usual years of work. The not-so-innocent babe becomes secretary to aging star Margo Channing (Davis) and ruthlessly uses everyone in her climb to the top, much to Davis' initial disbelief and eventual displeasure. Satirical, darkly funny view of the theatre world features exceptional work by Davis, Sanders, and Ritter. Based on "The Wisdom of Eve" by Mary Orr. Later staged as the musical "Applause."
Home Vision Cinema, c/o Image Entertainment, 20525 Nordhoff St., Ste. 200, Chatsworth, CA 91311, URL: http://www.homevision.com
Available on VHS, DVD
Running time 138 minutes.
Oscars 1950: Costume Des. (B&W), Director (Mankiewicz), Picture, Screenplay, Sound, Support. Actor (Sanders); AFI 1998: Top 100; British Acad. 1950: Film; Cannes 1951: Actress (Davis), Grand Jury Prize; Directors Guild 1950: Director (Mankiewicz); Golden Globes 1951: Screenplay, Natl. Film Reg. 1990;; N.Y. Film Critics 1950: Actress (Davis), Director (Mankiewicz), Film.
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