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It Started with Eve (1941)

Approved | | Comedy, Musical, Romance | 26 September 1941 (USA)
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.

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
... Anne Terry
... Jonathan Reynolds
... Jonathan 'Johnny' Reynolds Jr.
... Bishop Maxwell
... Gloria Pennington
... Mrs. Pennington (as Catharine Doucet)
... Doctor Harvey
... Roberts - Butler
Leonard Elliott ... Reverend Henry Stebbins
... Raven
Gus Schilling ... Raven
... Harry - Newspaper Editor
... Jackie Donovan
... 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)  »

Also Known As:

Casi un ángel  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,166,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,264,300
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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

"The Screen Guild Theater" broadcast a 30 minute radio adaptation of the movie on April 6, 1950 with Charles Laughton reprising his film role. 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 I'd Rather Be Rich (1964) See more »

Soundtracks

Piano Concerto No. 1
(uncredited)
Written by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Excerpt performed by Deanna Durbin on piano
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Delicious comedy!
16 November 2004 | by See all my reviews

This is an absolutely delicious film!

Laughton steals the show as always, in a role similar to the one Walter Connolly played in "It Happened One Night". If you love 40's films and mistaken identity plots, you won't be disappointed. Deanna Durbin was perfectly cast and has a lovely rapport with Laughton. She is radiant when singing, and her voice is natural and beautiful. At the age of 27, she walked away from stardom to have a secluded life. We can at least be thankful for the films she made.

A real gem from start to finish!


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