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All About Eve's greatness as a film starts with its script. Writer-director Joseph L. Mankiewicz manages to create an engaging story with memorable characters and tie them together with some of the sharpest dialogue ever to reach the screen. With a script this good, who needs actors? But Eve has them too, several in the roles that would come to epitomize their careers. Combine a fabulous script, several excellent performances, and production values that only enhance the story-telling, and you've got the basis for a pretty good film - but somehow All About Eve manages to become just a little bit more.


The great Bette Davis stars as Leslie Crosbie, the wife of a Singapore plantation manager who shoots a man in what she claims is self-defence. Her husband hires a lawyer to defend her, but as the case unfolds doubt is cast upon her story. Based on a short story and play by W. Somerset Maugham and nominated for 7 Oscars, including Bette Davis's fourth nomination for Best Actress, The Letter is a tale of passion, murder and blackmail.

See our Film Notes for this film (click tab, above left). We also have a set of notes on the star, Bette Davis, HERE.

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