All About Eve script
All About Eve (1950)
Synopsis: Backstage story revolving around aspiring actress Eve Harrington. Tattered and forlorn, Eve shows up in the dressing room of Broadway mega-star Margo Channing, telling a melancholy life story to Margo and her friends. Margo takes Eve under her wing, and it appears that Eve is a conniver that uses Margo.


This is Karen Richards. She is the

wife of a playwright, therefore of

the Theater by marriage. Nothing in

her background or breeding should

have brought her any closer the stage

than row E, center...

Karen continues her doodling.


...however, during her senior year

in Radcliffe, Lloyd Richards lectured

on drama. The following year Karen

became Mrs. Lloyd Richards. Lloyd is

the author of 'Footsteps on the

Ceiling' - the play which has won

for Eve Harrington the Sarah Siddons


Karen absently pats the top of her little pile of refuse. A

hand reaches in to take the spoon away. Karen looks as the

CAMERA PANS with IT to MAX FABIAN. He sits at her left. He's

a sad-faced man with glasses and a look of constant

apprehension. He smiles apologetically and indicates a white

powder which he unwraps. He pantomimes that his ulcer is


Karen smiles back, returns to her doodling. Addison mashes a

cigarette stub, pops it out of his holder. He eyes Max.


There are two types of theatrical

producers. One has a great many

wealthy friends who will risk a tax

deductible loss. This type is

interested in Art.

Max drops the powder into some water, stirs it, drinks, burps

elicately and close his eyes.


The other is one to whom each

production means potential ruin or

fortune. This type is out to make a

buck. Meet Max Fabian. He is the

producer of the play which has won

Eve Harrington the Sarah Siddons


Max rests fitfully. He twitches. A hand reaches into the

SCENE, removes a bottle of Scotch from before him. The CAMERA

follows the bottle to MARGO CHANNING. She sits at Max's left,

at deWitt's right. An attractive, strong face. She is

childish, adult, reasonable, unreasonable - usually one when

she should be the other, but always positive. She pours a

stiff drink.

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Joseph L. Mankiewicz

Joseph Leo Mankiewicz (February 11, 1909 – February 5, 1993) was an American film director, screenwriter, and producer. Mankiewicz had a long Hollywood career, and he twice won the Academy Award for both Best Director and Best Writing, Screenplay for A Letter to Three Wives (1949) and All About Eve (1950). more…

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