Sunday, October 16, 2016

All About Eve (1950)

dir. Joseph L. Mankiewicz

Mankiewicz's sophisticated satire of the New York theater world is largely studio-bound, with a few real exteriors thrown in. It was very common at the time to use stand-ins for leading actors in location shots.

The theater where Eve Harrington (Anne Baxter) meets her idol Margo Channing (Bette Davis) – Golden Theater, 252 W 45th Street, New York, New York. The theater interior was filmed at the Curran Theater, 445 Geary Street, San Francisco, California.

Karen Richards (Celeste Holm) comes to lunch with Margo but runs into Eve instead – 21 Club, 21 W 52nd Street, New York, New York. It's a former prohibition-era speakeasy turned into a prestigious and expensive hangout. Its most famous feature is the line of lawn jockey statues adorning the front of the building. The club is often used in the movies as a symbol of exclusivity and high social status (Sweet Smell of Success, Wall Street, Metropolitan, and Manhattan Murder Mystery among others.)

Eve and Addison DeWitt (George Sanders) at the out-of-town premiere of Eve's play – Shubert Theater, 247 College Street, New Haven, Connecticut.

Eve retreats to her apartment after the award ceremony – Still searching for this location, it actually looks like Los Angeles.

See also...

Sunset Boulevard

The Day of the Locust

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