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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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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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The Most Romantic Riot Since Eve Gave Adam the Applesauce! See more »


Certificate:

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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)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,264,300
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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

The star-making five-year association of Deanna Durbin, producer Joe Pasternak, and director Henry Koster ended following this movie. After Pasternak moved from Universal to MGM, 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 Koster. Ultimately, the project was canceled when Durbin and Universal settled their differences. In the agreement, Universal conceded to Durbin 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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Connections

Remade as Oh Jonathan, oh Jonathan! (1973) See more »

Soundtracks

Clavelitos
(uncredited)
Spanish Music and Lyrics by Joaquín Valverde
English Lyrics by Mrs. M. T. E. Sandwith
Sung by Deanna Durbin
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Chemistry mixed with Heart
29 October 2003 | by euclidcofcSee all my reviews

This is a sweet movie. Far better than remakes that followed. Durbin and Laughton seemed to really enjoy their scenes together (The Conga is unforgettable). Her singing is beautiful-"Going Home" brings a lump to the throat. This is my all time favorite movie set of the interior of the mansion. They don't (can't afford to) build sets like that anymore. Great escape.


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