|Cast: Bette Davis, Anne Baxter, George Sanders, Celeste Holm, Gary Merrill, Hugh Marlowe, Thelma Ritter, Gregory Ratoff, Marilyn Monroe, Barbara Bates|
Director(s): Joseph L. Mankiewicz
Genre: Social Drama
Fantastic. Again, I'm ashamed that I hesitate to give some older movies a chance. Great ensemble cast revolving around themes of deception & jealousy within show business. Baxter plays Eve, trying to climb the show-biz ladder the quick way, not caring about who she steps on but crafty enough to misguide all she encounters and seem sweet and innocent. We suspect some little white lies here and there, but it takes a while to see her full intentions, and then we see the cat's claws come out. Must admit this is the first time I've seen a Bette Davis film, and she takes full control and has enormous screen presence (though the character is meant to), and also the first time seeing a film with Marilyn Monroe in it (though it's a bit part). The script & dialogue are smart and witty, and the cast is up to the challenge. Another triumph!
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