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It Started with Eve (1941)

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A young man asks a hat check girl to pose as his fiancée in order to make his dying father's last moments happy. However, the old man's health takes a turn for the better and now his son ... See full summary »

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Anne Terry
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Jonathan Reynolds
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Jonathan 'Johnny' Reynolds Jr.
Guy Kibbee ...
Bishop Maxwell
Margaret Tallichet ...
Gloria Pennington
Catherine Doucet ...
Mrs. Pennington (as Catharine Doucet)
Walter Catlett ...
Doctor Harvey
Charles Coleman ...
Roberts - Butler
Leonard Elliott ...
Reverend Henry Stebbins
Irving Bacon ...
Raven
Gus Schilling ...
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Wade Boteler ...
Harry - Newspaper Editor
Dorothea Kent ...
Jackie Donovan
Clara Blandick ...
Nurse
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A young man asks a hat check girl to pose as his fiancée in order to make his dying father's last moments happy. However, the old man's health takes a turn for the better and now his son doesn't know how to break the news that he's engaged to someone else, especially since his father is so taken with the impostor. Written by Daniel Bubbeo <dbubbeo@cmp.com>

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26 September 1941 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Die ewige Eva  »

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$1,166,000 (estimated)
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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The star-making five-year association of Deanna Durbin, producer Joe Pasternak and director Henry Koster ended following this film. After Mr. Pasternak moved from Universal to MGM, Miss Durbin went on suspension between October 16, 1941 and early February 1942 for refusing to appear in "They Lived Alone," planned to be directed by Mr. Koster. Ultimately, the project was canceled when Deanna and Universal settled their differences. In the agreement, Universal conceded to Deanna the approval of her directors, stories and songs. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Newspaper Editor: Ain't it pretty!
[shows staff the newspaper's front page mock-up with screamer headline "JONATHAN REYNOLDS DEAD"]
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Remade as I'd Rather Be Rich (1964) See more »

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The Lord's Prayer
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Music by Albert Hay Malotte
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Funny, Engaging Comedy With Deanna Durbin, Charles Laughton, & More
4 August 2004 | by (Ohio) – See all my reviews

With Deanna Durbin's charm, Charles Laughton's energy, a decent supporting cast, and a worthwhile story, "It Started With Eve" is a funny and engaging comedy. It may seem like a weird idea to pair such dissimilar talents as Durbin and Laughton, but it does work. As Laughton's son, Robert Cummings gets mostly straight lines, but he performs his role well, and Walter Catlett also has some good moments as a rather high-strung doctor.

The story starts out a little slowly, but once it gets rolling it is interesting. It also has some thoughtful moments, as the characters try to figure out how to deal with all the dilemmas that start when Cummings's character has to improvise a way of comforting his seriously ill father. The actual plot developments are insubstantial in themselves, but are generally used to good effect. It could have been played as an all-out screwball comedy, but here the more balanced approach seems to work at least as well.

The movie builds up steam as things develop, and saves some of the best moments for the climactic sequence. It's a successful combination that makes for enjoyable viewing.


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