For Hicksflicks.com, Friday, Jan. 9, 2015

Arguably the greatest film ever made about backstage politics, "All About Eve" (1950, b/w) is a terrific comedy-drama written and directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz (who won Oscars for both, and the film won for best picture).

The story has Broadway star Margo Channing (Bette Davis in one of most famous iconic roles) taking in an ambitious young fan (Anne Baxter), an actress wannabe who insinuates herself into Margo's circle of friends and then begins to turn it into a chess match, duplicitously plotting a coup of sorts.

Davis and Baxter were both Oscar-nominated as best actress, and Celeste Holm and Thelma Ritter were nominated as best supporting actress. But the only acting winner was George Sanders in the supporting category. (Marilyn Monroe's here, too.)


Anne Baxter, left, Bette Davis, Marilyn Monroe, George Sanders: lobby card for 'All
About Eve'

But everyone is outstanding and the film is loaded with memorable quips, the most famous coming after the talons come out and Davis climbs a staircase, turning to her friends with a warning: "Fasten your seatbelts, it's going to be a bumpy night." And there are plenty more where that came from.

"All About Eve" is such a wonderful film that it seems a perfect choice for a revival, so it's a treat to see that the latest Cinemark cycle of classic films is showing it on the big screen on both Sunday, Jan. 18, at 2 p.m., and Wednesday, Jan. 21, at 2 and 7 p.m.