All About Eve (1950)
It’s sharp and its mean at times, but this film, about an aged grumpy star much like Bette Davis, a perfect role for her, who is challenged by a new shooting star newcomer and finagles behind her back to usurp Margo’s, Davis’ character’s, role on the stage is spectacularly written and played by the outstanding cast. George Sanders, one of my favorite supporting actors, is fascinating as the critic of the theater who is as sharp and dangerous as they come as is Celeste Holm, who plays a great foil and best friend to Davis’ character who inadvertently causes some damage of her own in trying to help out her “dear” friend. But perhaps the films greatest angle is played by Hugh Marlowe as Lloyd Richardson, the plays writer and partial director if memory serves, who matches words with Margo in the famous theater scene. This is a sharp film with an equally as sharp dialog which does not go for the just a wound, but the jugular.