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It Started in Paradise (1952)

A World of Fashion version of "All About Eve" in which one woman is out to beat another in their chosen profession while a younger one is off stage waiting for her chance to replace both. ... See full summary »

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Martha Watkins
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Arthur Turner
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Edouard
Muriel Pavlow ...
Alison
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Mme. Alice
Brian Worth ...
Michael
Ronald Squire ...
Mary Jane
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Lady Caroline Frencham
Joyce Barbour ...
Lady Burridge
Harold Lang ...
Mr. Louis
Margaret Withers ...
Miss Madge
Lucienne Hill ...
Madame Lucienne
Diana Decker ...
Crystal Leroy
Arthur Lane ...
Sydney Bruce
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Barbara, the model (as Dagmar Wynter)
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A World of Fashion version of "All About Eve" in which one woman is out to beat another in their chosen profession while a younger one is off stage waiting for her chance to replace both. Taking place over a 14-year period, it begins, in 1938, when the chief designer of a once-famous couturier,now wallowing in tradition and an empty salon, performs a coup d'etat and reorganizes the whole establishment. Ruthless, she is successful until her flair for style dwindles, as does the business. Then a younger, more talented girl stages her own coup d'etat. Ian Hunter is around as a financial backer while Marita Hunt, Jane Hylton and Muriel Pavlow as the three designers and Ronald Squire, as a prissy fashion expert delivering some pungent and funny lines a la George Sanders in "All About Eve." Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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15 August 1953 (USA)  »

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Começou no Paraíso  »

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well worth a watch
14 April 2002 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

Martha is a dress designer who is longing for her big break, and finally gets it when she manages to convince her boss (whose designs are stuck in the past) that she needs a holiday. Alison, who is fresh out of school, assists Martha in getting the new company off the ground. The movie starts in 1938 and follows the course of the two girls and their careers over a period of about ten years. A smattering of comedy, a little romance, overall this is a fine drama. Half of it is set on the catwalk, and there are plenty of gorgeous outfits to look at, stylish even fifty years later.


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