• All About "All About Eve"

  • The Complete Behind-the-Scenes Story of the Bitchiest Film Ever Made
  • By: Sam Staggs
  • Narrated by: Donald Corren
  • Length: 13 hrs and 34 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (159 ratings)

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All About "All About Eve"

By: Sam Staggs
Narrated by: Donald Corren
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Publisher's Summary

To millions of fans, All About Eve represents all that’s witty and wonderful in classic Hollywood movies. Its old-fashioned, larger-than-life stars - including Bette Davis, Marilyn Monroe, Anne Baxter, George Sanders, and Celeste Holm - found their best roles in this movie, and its sophisticated dialogue has entered the lexicon.

But there’s much more to know about All About Eve. Sam Staggs has written the definitive account of the making of this fascinating movie and its enormous influence on both film and popular culture. Staggs reveals everything about the movie - from whom the famous European actress Margo Channing was based on to the hot-blooded romance on-set between Bette Davis and costar Gary Merrill, from the jump-start the movie gave Marilyn Monroe’s career to the capstone it put on director Joseph L. Mankiewicz’s.

All About “All About Eve” is not only full of rich detail about the movie, the director, and the stars, but also about the audience who loved it when it came out and adore it to this day.

©2000, 2001 Sam Staggs (P)2021 Blackstone Publishing

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Entertaining but problematic

A fun read. However, the author points out sexist quotes said by people in the twentieth century, yet says a number of sexist remarks himself, seemingly without notice. Also, the author says quite a few fatphotic things. These were not quotations. So, if you’re a careful consumer, you’ll have an enjoyable read but with a few bumps.

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This is reall ALLLLLLL about Eve

I would have probably given this 4 stars instead of 3 if it has concluded with the Broadway show "Applause". The story was great, but it just dragged on for wayyyyyy toooooo longgggg. The narrator was great though. His Zsa Zsa Gabor impression was wonderful.

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Fascinating and Fun

Donald Cotten gives the best performance of any literary narrator I've heard (and that's a LOT of narrators). He's a brilliant voice impressionist and incorporates this to the listeners delight. A wonderfully informed and entertaining insiders account into the making of what is arguably one of American cinema's greatest films.

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really enjoyable, especially post movie culture

there is so much detail in this book that it all started to wash over me, but in a pleasant way, like listening to your grandma gossip with her friends. the narrator was excellent and did a great job having district voices for all of the people quoted. I'm going to listen to the Sunset Boulevard one next because i enjoyed this one so much.

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All About Indeed!

Excellent narration! Loved that the reader affected different voices for different persons! Great insights and gossip! Fun read.

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More than I could have hoped for.

This was a fantastic dive into, what should have been at the time, a Hollywood classic. The narration is perfect and it was a nice, fun little listen. Nothing too serious with something for every film buff or nostalgia lover.

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If you love this film---

If you love this film this is the book for you. The details and inside stories are the greatest. Starting wit the conception of the story and ending with, well, there are several "endings". So again I say - if you love this film...

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Mostly Enjoyable

The first half was very interesting...all of it was, and well researched, but parts of it did drag towards the end. The movie is deliciously well done and the book is so much of a behind the scenes and a history lesson of conception to all of the remakes and make fun of.

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Meh

After hearing so much about All About Eve on various podcasts I decided to watch the movie and was underwhelmed. It's more a made-for-tv type of production than what I would typically expect from a major release film. It was very short and laughably overacted. I found the characters shallow, the plot thin and unbelievable. Nothing about the character development or story arc seemed plausible or made any sense. So following my disappointment with the film, I thought this was perhaps another example of the book being better than the movie. NOPE. This was a hard pass for me. I only wish I hadn't wasted a credit!

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Needs an editor

Is the book self published? Just so awful. I loved the movie and thought I’d enjoy the book but the rambling style and almost stream of consciousness ruined the book for me. I read the reviews and thought it can’t be that bad but it was even worse than the worst review. Clearly the author includes
every factoid related not only to to the film, the writer but also to actors who could of been in the film. Do I care that someone who was considered for the part of Margo had a driver provided by the studio available 24 hours a day?


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  • Dan Myatt
  • 06-13-22

loved it

This book was informative with the perfect blend of bitchiness.

The narrator had me hooked!

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  • Ms K D Beale
  • 07-14-21

Meticulously researched, well written book


Clever, really entertaining account of everything about the eponymous film. Really extensive research. It does help to know and love the movie.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-01-21

trashy and enjoyable old Hollywood gossip

very easy to listen to and kudos Roth narrator trying to do an impression of every actor mentioned