FASTEN THOSE SEAT BELTS!

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It’s THE line from ALL ABOUT  EVE. Director  Joseph Manckiewicz wrote it and BETTE DAVIS as Margo Channing defiantly delivered it. The line that preceded it was spoken by CELESTE HOLM as Karen – “Is it over or is it just beginning?”.

Margo has been drinking , and everything that is going on in her head is bursting out of her – her insecurity , her fear of losing Bill (GARY MERRILL), and the constant reminder of  Eve (ANNE BAXTER ) , the perfect Eve who would like to take Margo’s place professionally and personally.

Margo is warning everyone that the welcome home party for Bill is not going to be pleasant. She is angry at everybody, mostly herself.

Claudette Colbert was the first choice for Margo, but can anyone imagine Claudette delivering that line. I can’t. The fire in Bette Davis’ eyes is needed.

I’d like to believe Mr. Mankiewicz wrote it specially for Bette.

The line is often misquoted, ending with ‘bumpy ride’ – which makes more sense. But , hold on, nobody wore seat belts in in 1950 , (they didn’t become compulsory till the 1980s). So would the line mean anything to 1950 filmgoers?

The reference is presumably to plane seat belts. Though I imagine only a small percentage of the public flew in 1950.

 

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Joseph Manckiewicz , writer and director of All About Eve.

 

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At the airport. Bill leaves for an assignment in Hollywood.

 

 

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Anne Baxter,Bette Davis.

Margo is beginning to realise that Eve isn’t the innocent she portrayed herself as.

 

 

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Celeste Holm, Hugh Marlowe, Bette Davis, Anne Baxter

Eve enthrals a sympathetic audience with her fictional story.

 

 

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Bette Davis, Gary Merrill.

Bill tells Margo to stop her unreasonable behaviour .

 

 

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Bette Davis, Thelma Ritter, Celeste Holm.

The start of the story. Karen persuades Margo to meet Eve.

 

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Thelma Ritter.

Birdie is suspicious of Eve.

 

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Bette Davis, Joseoh Manckiewicz .

 

 

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Eve gets what she wants. Margo doesn’t care any more.

 

 

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Barbara Bates

Another Eve .

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