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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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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 ...
Raven
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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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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(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 Oh Jonathan, oh Jonathan! (1973) See more »

Soundtracks

Clavelitos
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Spanish Music and Lyrics by Joaquín Valverde
English Lyrics by Mrs. M. T. E. Sandwith
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Delicious comedy!
16 November 2004 | by (Sunriver, Oregon) – See all my reviews

This is an absolutely delicious film!

Laughton steals the show as always, in a role similar to the one Walter Connolly played in "It Happened One Night". If you love 40's films and mistaken identity plots, you won't be disappointed. Deanna Durbin was perfectly cast and has a lovely rapport with Laughton. She is radiant when singing, and her voice is natural and beautiful. At the age of 27, she walked away from stardom to have a secluded life. We can at least be thankful for the films she made.

A real gem from start to finish!


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