Thursday, February 2, 2012

The Bumpy Night Scene

One of my favorite Bette Davis films, All About Eve (1950) is a glorious Bette Davis showcase! They don't make movies like this anymore.

Story in a nutshell: Margo Channing (Bette Davis) is a popular stage actress but is getting on in age. Eve Harrington (Anne Baxter) is a young, wide-eyed fan who wants to become an actress. Margo takes Eve under her wing as her assistant. Everything is going along pretty well until Eve's ego starts to take over and she begins to sabotage Margo. It's definitely All About Eve.

Wonderful script by Joseph L. Mankiewicz:

MARGO: Bill's thirty-two. He looks thirty-two. He looked it five years ago, he'll look it twenty years from now. I hate men.

This clip shows the famous "bumpy night" scene and the lovely Marilyn Monroe:


  1. She's got Bette Davis eyes. Great film. I never get tired of this classic. I was reading the quotes on IMBD and there are some really great lines in this movie.

    Addison -- While you wait you can read my column. It'll make minutes fly like hours.

  2. What a great movie! I love posts spotlighting the classics! Cheers, Luana!

  3. Mitch: Yes, I lOVE the script! Subtle humor you don't pick up unless you watch closely. I like movies that make me think.

  4. Craig: I didn't even see this movie until a couple of years ago. I'd heard of it and had seen parodies and impersonations of the "bumpy night" line but when I actually watched it for the first time, I was blown away. What an amazing and wonderful film!