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It Started with Eve (1941)

Approved | | Comedy, Musical, Romance | 26 September 1941 (USA)
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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Jonathan Reynolds
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Jonathan 'Johnny' Reynolds Jr.
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Bishop Maxwell
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Gloria Pennington
Catherine Doucet ...
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Doctor Harvey
Charles Coleman ...
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Reverend Henry Stebbins
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Gus Schilling ...
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Harry - Newspaper Editor
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Jackie Donovan
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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)  »

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Casi un ángel  »

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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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Featured in The Opera Ghost: A Phantom Unmasked (2000) See more »

Soundtracks

Goin' Home
(uncredited)
from Symphony No. 9 in E Minor, "From the New World"
Music by Antonín Dvorák
Sung by Deanna Durbin
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Deanna's best
24 August 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This little heralded musical comedy is Deanna Durbin's best film and is arguably the finest film of its kind ever produced by Universal studio. It is a gem from start to finish, featuring first-rate acting by Durbin, Cummings, and Laughton (who comes close to stealing the entire movie), good music, and an excellent script. One thinks of what Durbin might have made had she worked for MGM. Still, even though Universal was part of "poverty row," the movie enjoyed a decent budget, providing sets and outdoor scenes of a first class quality. Deanna was only 20, and her youth and exuberant singing and piano playing reach heights rarely seen on the screen. You do not want to miss this one. These days it is usually encountered as part of the Deanna Durbin "Sweetheart Pack," which is well worth the money.


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