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It Started with Eve (1941)

In order to please his dying father, a man convinces a hat-check girl to impersonate his fiancée, but complications arise when the father's health suddenly improves.

Director:

Henry Koster

Writers:

Norman Krasna (screenplay), Leo Townsend (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Deanna Durbin ... Anne Terry
Charles Laughton ... Jonathan Reynolds
Robert Cummings ... 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
Leonard Elliott 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 »


Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

26 September 1941 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Casi un ángel See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,166,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Universal Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Of Deanna Durbin's 21 features released between 1936 and 1948, only this film opened at Manhattan's famed Radio City Music Hall, starting October 2, 1941. 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 aberlour36See 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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