An unusually long pre-credits sequence establishes the roots of faded Southern belle Charlotte's ( Bette Davis ) insanity; she'd been witness to the dismemberment murder of her fiance ( Bruce Dern ) and the suicide of the murderer, her own father ( Victor Buono ). Years later, Charlotte remains a recluse in her decaying southern mansion, zealously guarding the secret of her father's guilt; she is cared for by her slatternly housekeeper ( Agnes Moorehead ). When her house is targeted for demolition, Charlotte fears that this will uncover her lover's body parts and thus confirm that her father was a murderer. She desperately summons her seemingly sweet-tempered cousin Miriam ( Olivia De Havilland ) to help her fight off the house's destruction. Miriam brings along the family doctor ( Joseph Cotten ) to calm Charlotte's frayed nerves. When Charlotte begins to be plagued by horrific visions of the homicide/suicide of so long ago, it appears that she has gone completely insane. But soon we learn who is behind these delusions...and why. Hush Hush Sweet Charlotte was intended by director Robert Aldrich as a follow-up to the successful Joan Crawford /Bette Davis horror piece Whatever Happened to Baby Jane (1962). Ms. Crawford was originally slated to play Miriam, but became seriously ill shortly before filming started. Davis, who disliked Crawford intensely, suggested that the role of Miriam be filled by her best friend, De Havilland. On the first day of shooting, Davis and DeHavilland pulled a "Ding Dong the Witch is Dead" routine by toasting one another with Coca-Cola--a catty observation of the fact that Joan Crawford's husband was an executive with the Pepsi Cola company! ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi
Based on the story -The Wisdom of Eve by Mary Orr , All About Eve is an elegantly ******y backstage story revolving around aspiring actress Eve Harrington ( Anne Baxter ). Tattered and forlorn, Eve shows up in the dressing room of Broadway mega-star Margo Channing ( Bette Davis ), weaving a melancholy life story to Margo and her friends. Taking pity on the girl, Margo takes Eve as her personal assistant. Before long, it becomes apparent that naïve Eve is a Machiavellian conniver who cold-bloodedly uses Margo, her director Bill Sampson ( Gary Merill ), Lloyd's wife Karen ( Celeste Holm ), and waspish critic Addison De Witt ( George Sanders ) to rise to the top of the theatrical heap. Also appearing in All About Eve is Marilyn Monroe , introduced by Addison De Witt as "a graduate of the Copacabana school of dramatic art." This is but one of the hundreds of unforgettable lines penned by writer/director Joseph L. Mankiewicz , the most famous of which is Margo Channing's lip-sneering admonition, "Fasten your seat belts. It's going to be a bumpy night." All About Eve received 6 Academy Awards, including Best Picture. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi
David Trask ( Gary Merrill ), the sole survivor of an airplane crash, takes it upon himself to contact the families of the various victims. Though he's already formed preconceived notions of his deceased fellow passengers, he's in for quite a few surprises when he meets the relatives. His first visit is to the wife ( Beatrice Straight ) and son ( Ted Donaldson ) of a profoundly troubled doctor ( Michael Rennie ). His second stop is at a nightclub managed by the domineering mother-in-law ( Evelyn Varden ) of an aspiring actress ( Shelley Winters ). Finally, he meets the invalid wife ( Bette Davis ) of an outwardly obnoxious travelling salesman ( Keenan Wynn ). After his odyssey into other people's lives, Trask gains a new perspective on his own personal travails. Few studios could pull off the "multi-story film" format as well as @20th Century-Fox , and Phone Call From a Stranger is a grade-A example of that format. ~ Hal
- Biopic [feature], Period Film, Psychological Thriller, Showbiz Drama, Psychological Drama
- Southern Gothic, Mentors, Nannies and Caregivers, Haunted By the Past, Faltering Friendships, Conspiracies, Crowned Heads, Women's Friendship, Actor's Life, Unlikely Criminals, Political Unrest, Mental Breakdown, Keeping a Secret, Journey of Self-Discovery, Ladder to the Top, Death of a Parent, Death of a Child, Death of a Partner
- 09 hr 12 min
- Spanish , English , French
- English , French , Spanish
- April 8, 2008
- Shelley Winters , Gary Merrill , Olivia de Havilland , Anne Baxter , Bette Davis
- Seth Holt , Robert Aldrich , Henry Koster , Jean Negulesco , Joseph L. Mankiewicz
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