All About Eve










English 30
Spring "97"



In the film All About Eve, (directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz and released in

1950), Eve Harrison (Anne Baxter) was a young woman with evil running through

her veins. She wanted to be "somebody" and chose to get there through Margo

Channing (Betty Davis) who was a famous stage star. Eve would do whatever it

took to get where she wanted to be, including hurt the ones that trusted her and took

her in as a "lost lamb". Though Eve was already evil within and throughout, the

people around her made it even easier to acomplish her goals.


Margo was one of the most popular stage actresses and put herself high on a

pedastel, and looked at someone like Eve as being below her, a poor soul that could

be of no threat to anyone, especially Margo Channing. Eve played the meek and shy

girl that idolized Margo. She claimed to attend all the preformaces of the play that

week due to the fact that she adored Margo and she would have nowhere else to go

anyway. Doing this allowed Eve to get her foot in the door. If it wasn’t for Margo’s

conceitedness, Eve would have had to work a little bit harder to get this. Margo took

her into her home.


Margo’s secretary-aid, Birdie (Thelma Ritter), was the first to sense something was

strange about Eve, but her position made it not her place to speak her mind. Eve

knew this and also knew it would be easy to take control of her position because of

this. It would only seem to Margo that she enjoyed doing things for her.


Eve charmed Bill Simpson (Gary Merrill), director and Margo’s lover, with

her feminine qualities that Margo lacked. Eve just seemed to be overly interested in

everything Bill had to say about the theater. She used to keep him admiring her and

at the same time, drove Margo crazy with jealousy to tear their relationship apart.

Little did she realize, Bill had no romantic feelings towards Eve at all, so she blew

her cover when she made a pass at him.


Karen Richards (Celeste Holm), Margo’s best friend, was the one that found and

introduced Eve to Margo. She was the type of person that would anything for

anyone, sort of niave and trusted Eve from day one. Karen was amazed by Eve’s

devotion towards her idol. After getting into Margo’s home, she used Karen’s

kindness to subtly suggest that she would love to replace Margo’s pregnant

understudy. Once again she got her way.


After Eve’s first reading, she completely won over Karen’s husband, Lloyd

Richards (Hugh Marlowe), a playwright. Eve gave him his dream: to have an

actress play the part of a character with the same age, eliminating the "comprimises"

that he normally had to work through with Margo (Margo was much older). Eve

was fabulous (from studying Margo "like a blueprint") . Margo threw a jealousy fit

because everyone raved so about her preformance.Now this brought Lloyd to the

conclusion that Margo was well overdue for a boot.


Karen’s kindness comes back again when Karen sets it up so Margo would miss her

show so Eve can have her big moment…thinking that she was doing good for all

concerned. After the play was when things began to fall apart. She received great

reviews for the preformance and set up an interview with Addison De Witt (George

Sanders), well known for degrating people in his column. She knew she could say

whatever she wanted and blame it on De Witt, claiming he changed her words

around, and noone would have trouble believing it.


She pleaded for Lloyd’s forgiveness, stating that she could not face Margo or the

others. During this vindication, she once again worked her magic giving him the

idea that she would be perfect for his new play, which was created for Margo. She

got him to believe, like everyone else, that he came up with the idea instead of her.

Already tired of Margo’s pushyness and temper tantrums, aside from the fact that

Eve was the perfect age, it wasn’t tough for Lloyd to think she was best. But, he told

her, Karen had to agree.


By this time most have figured out her evil ways