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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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Cast

Complete credited cast:
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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 ...
Raven
Wade Boteler ...
Harry - Newspaper Editor
Dorothea Kent ...
Jackie Donovan
Clara Blandick ...
Nurse
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Storyline

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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Get delirious with Deanna! Get laughing with Laughton! Get romantic with Robert! See more »


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Release Date:

26 September 1941 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Die ewige Eva  »

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Budget:

$1,166,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

In the film's opening scene, an assistant newspaper editor comments that if Jonathan Reynolds Sr. had lived two centuries earlier, he would have made a great pirate - "Captain Kidd himself". Three years later, Charles Laughton, who played Jonathan Reynolds Sr., would play the title role in Captain Kidd (1945) and again in Abbott and Costello Meet Captain Kidd (1952). 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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Connections

Remade as Oh Jonathan, oh Jonathan! (1973) See more »

Soundtracks

Piano Concerto No. 1
(uncredited)
Written by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Excerpt performed by Deanna Durbin on piano
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Deanna the invincible !
25 May 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

She was a great singer; and this film proves she was an engaging, charming actress as well. She more than holds her own with the incomparable Laughton (only 41 when he made this) and is paired very well with "Uncle" Bob Cummings (so well remembered for his 50s sitcom.)And there are some great supporting players on hand: Walter Catlett, Clara Blandick, Irving Bacon, etc.

This is a winning combination film, somewhat derivative of others in the past, but fresh in many ways. One reviewer mentioned the set design and one wonders what it would have been like in color. The costumes are also pretty special.

Deanna only made a handful of films, but this is one of the best. A real feel good time. Enjoy!


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