I’ve started compulsively noticing every time “Blue Moon” pops up in a movie soundtrack. The latest … hearing? (what’s the aural equivalent of a sighting?): All About Eve.
If you’ve never seen it, it’s worth a look. The classic Bette Davis flick is the quintessential movie about backstabbing: Margo Channing (Davis) is at the peak of her career, and takes an aspiring actress, Eve Harrington (Anne Baxter), who turns out to be not just ambitious but Machiavellian. It has a witty script by director Joseph Mankiewicz — it’s the source of “Fasten your seat belts, it’s going to be a bumpy night.” The great cast, includes Thelma Ritter as Bette’s dresser/housekeeper and Marilyn Monroe as a calculating starlet. The chemistry between Davis and Gary Merrill, who played Margo’s younger lover, was genuine — they divorced their respective spouses and married each other the same year (1950).
The snippet of “Blue Moon” is played by the pianist in the living room at the “bumpy night” as background to a scene in the pantry between Davis and another character.