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A Fig Leaf for Eve (1944)

Approved | | Drama | 4 July 1944 (USA)
An "exotic dancer" is thrown in jail for "lewd activity." She later discovers the raid was set up by her boss to get publicity.


Don Brodie (as Donald Brodie)


Harry O. Hoyt (story), Elizabeth Hayter (screenplay)

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Cast overview:
Jan Wiley ... Eve Lorraine / Eve Westland
Phil Warren Phil Warren ... Dan McGrath
Eddie Dunn Eddie Dunn ... Gus Hoffman - Bail-Bondsman
Janet Scott Janet Scott ... Aunt Sarah Birch
Emmett Vogan Emmett Vogan ... Thomas W. Campbell - Attorney
Edward Keane ... Horace Sardham
Betty Blythe ... Lavinia Sardham
Marilyn McConnell Marilyn McConnell ... Millicent 'Millie' Sardham
Dick Rush Dick Rush ... Police Desk Sgt. Tomlin
Cheerio Meredith Cheerio Meredith ... Tillie - Old Drunk
Herbert Evans ... Sardams's Butler
Chester Conklin ... Waiter
Jack Cheatham ... Arresting Policeman
Selika Pettiford Selika Pettiford ... Selinka Pettiford - Organ Player
Eleanor Freeman Eleanor Freeman ... Piano Solo


Exotic-dancer Eve Lorraine('Jan Wiley')), with aspirations of being a screen actress, isn't happy with the direction her career has taken, what with performing at a club where the opening and closing act is Selika Pettiford (Selika Pettiford) playing the organ. She's being ragging her boy friend slash publicity agent, Dan McGrath (Phil Warren)) to get her some attention, so while she is dancing around a smoke pot, dandy Dan puts in a call to police sergeant Tomlin (Dick Rush) to send them over to the club because Eve is performing a dance that will corrupt the town's morals for decades to come. So the obliging Tomlin drops by and arrests her. Bail bondsman Gus Hoffman(Eddie Dunn) bails Eve out of the clink, and gets the idea she could be passed off as a candidate for a 'missing since childhood' heiress, and he and lawyer Campbell (Emmett Vogan) hustles Eve over to meet the Sardham family, who may or may not be all that enthused about finding the missing relative. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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She's TANTALIZING and TERRIFIC! A Sizzling Keyhole Peek at the Escapades of a Night Club Girl! (original poster) See more »




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Release Date:

4 July 1944 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Desirable Lady See more »

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Carry-Westen Productions See more »
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1.37 : 1
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Re-titled 'Desirable Lady,' this film received its earliest documented telecasts in New York City Wednesday 18 May 1949 on WPIX (Channel 11), and in Cincinnati Wednesday 23 November 1949 on WKRC (Channel 11). See more »


[policeman arresting Eve in nightclub for a risqué Salome's dance]
Arresting Policeman: Just a minute, lady, you are under arrest! Get your clothes on and come on.
Eve Lorraine: But why?
Arresting Policeman: That dance!
Eve Lorraine: It's perfectly respectable! It's in the Bible!
Arresting Policeman: Could be, but we go by the city ordinance - it's a later publication.
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Alternate Versions

Released with two versions. One version, for the more permissive distributors, included a more risque dance number than the other, tamer, version released. See more »

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Not Worthy of Leaf
18 September 2017 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

A Fig Leaf for Eve (1944)

* 1/2 (out of 4)

Eve (Jan Wiley) is on stage doing a sexual dance. While she's doing that her crooked boss calls the cops on her so that she'll be arrested and it will build up some advertisement. The woman gets bonded out and soon winds up in a plot of claiming to be a former child star who went missing.

The print I saw of this film was under the title DESIRABLE LADY but I'm sure this was released countless times other countless other titles. This was one of those roadshow exploitation films that had a poster with naughty images on it and the producers would cause enough of a storm to get people to pay money to see the picture. All of this is a great marketing ploy but the end result rarely lived up to the poster or the hype.

A FIG LEAF FOR EVE is another case where the advertisement and hype were much better than the film itself. I feel bad for anyone who paid top dollar to see this back in 1944 and expecting to see something raunchy. The film opens up with a tame (even for 1944 standards) dance and goes nowhere after that. There's nothing else remotely shocking and we've basically got a boring melodrama. The performances are mostly forgettable as is the direction and everything else. Even at 68-minutes this film drags pretty badly.

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