|Bette Davis, Gary Merrill, Anne Baxter and George Sanders in Joseph L. Mankiewicz's "All About Eve."|
Last night’s feature on Matt & Dan Theatre was the classic comedy-drama about backstage theatrical wit, connivance and hypocrisy, “All About Eve.”
The repartee scintillates still, 63 years later. Bette at her best.
Lloyd: “I shall never understand the weird process by which a body with a voice suddenly fancies itself as a mind. Just when exactly does an actress decide they’re her words she's saying and her thoughts she's expressing?”
Margo: “Usually at the point when she has to rewrite and rethink them to keep the audience from leaving the theater.”
Lloyd: “It’s about time the piano realized it has not written the concerto!”
But even by 1950 standards, the backscreen projection when George Sanders and Anne Baxter are supposedly walking down Broadway was embarrassing. Couldn’t they have just walked down Broadway?
|Bette Davis as Margo Channing with the incomparable Thelma Ritter as her maid Birdie|