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Ever Since Eve (1937)

Approved | | Comedy, Romance | 15 July 1937 (USA)
Lecherous bosses make it difficult for an attractive secretary to keep jobs, so she decides to appear considerably more homely in hopes of holding onto work.

Director:

Lloyd Bacon

Writers:

Lawrence Riley (screen play), Earl Baldwin (screen play) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Marion Davies ... Marge Winton
Robert Montgomery ... Freddy Matthews
Frank McHugh ... 'Mabel' DeCraven
Patsy Kelly ... Sadie Day
Allen Jenkins ... Jake Edgall
Louise Fazenda ... Abbie Belldon
Barton MacLane ... Al McCoy
Marcia Ralston ... Camille Lansing
Frederick Clarke Frederick Clarke ... Alonzo (as Frederic Clarke)
Arthur Hoyt ... Hotel Manager
Mary Treen ... Employment Clerk
Harry Hayden ... President of the Purity League
Pierre Watkin ... Barton
John T. Murray ... Lowell
William B. Davidson ... Henderson (as William Davidson)
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Storyline

Marge is a capable secretary, but her bosses are more interested in her than her abilities. This causes her to be frequently unemployed. To get a job, she changes her look to make herself unattractive. This gets her work with a writer named Freddy, who has a deadline fast approaching for his new book. Unfortunately, Freddy takes every opportunity not to work on the book and even falls for Marge when he sees her as she really looks. But as the unattractive secretary, he barely notices her and she tries everything to get him to complete his book on time. Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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A merry romantic hit! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 July 1937 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Desde os Tempos de Eva See more »

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Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Featured in Captured on Film: The True Story of Marion Davies (2001) See more »

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Wreaths of Flowers
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Written by Hoopi Haaia
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nice little surprise of a movie
22 August 2016 | by jcravens42See all my reviews

What a gem of a movie! Sure, some of the circumstances are preposterous, even for 1937, but the pace is fast, the characters are fun and the building tension as the main character tries to juggle being both Marge Winton and "Sadie Day" is as much fun as the climax of "Mrs. Doubtfire" in the restaurant when Robin Williams just continually change between characters. I'm stunned this has never been remade (or perhaps it has?).

Marion Davies is a delight, every bit as fun as Carole Lombard. I've never seen her in a movie, and always heard she was a mediocre actress. But she's actually quite good, perfect for this role.

On the one hand, this is an incredibly dated movie. On the other hand - is it? Sexual harassment is certainly still a problem in the workplace, though how a woman looks is no protection against it or invitation for it, as this movie implies. But the scene where Marion Davies, in frumpy disguise, isn't helped as she enters a hotel and doesn't get a very nice reception from the front desk clerk, but beautiful "Sadie Day" gets helped and warmly welcomed - has anything really changed from then until now?

It was also startling, and refreshing, to see black British actor Frederick Clarke as the urbane butler, though I held my breath when a character was furious with him started to insult him with a word that started with "n" - and sighed with relief that the word turned out to be "nincompoop."


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