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The Three Faces of Eve (1957)

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A doctor treats a woman suffering from Multiple Personality Disorder.

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Nunnally Johnson

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Nunnally Johnson (screenplay), Corbett Thigpen (book) (as Corbett H. Thigpen M.D.) | 1 more credit »
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Won 1 Oscar. Another 2 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Joanne Woodward ... Eve White / Eve Black / Jane
David Wayne ... Ralph White
Lee J. Cobb ... Doctor Curtis Luther
Edwin Jerome Edwin Jerome ... Doctor Francis Day
Alena Murray ... Secretary
Nancy Kulp ... Mrs. Black
Douglas Spencer ... Mr. Black
Terry Ann Ross Terry Ann Ross ... Bonnie White
Ken Scott ... Earl
Mimi Gibson ... Eve - Age 8
Alistair Cooke ... Narrator
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Eve White is a quiet, mousy, unassuming wife and mother who keeps suffering from headaches and occasional black outs. Eventually she is sent to see psychiatrist Dr. Luther, and, while under hypnosis, a whole new personality emerges: the racy, wild, fun-loving Eve Black. Under continued therapy, yet a third personality appears, the relatively stable Jane. This film, based on the true-life case of a multiple personality, chronicles Dr. Luther's attempts to reconcile the three faces of Eve. multiple personalities. Written by A.L.Beneteau <albl@inforamp.net>

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Drama | Mystery

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 November 1957 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Tres caras tiene Eva See more »

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Budget:

$965,000 (estimated)
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Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Mono (Westrex Recording System)| 4-Track Stereo

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Orson Welles was courted for the part of Dr. Luther, played in the movie by Lee J. Cobb, but opted instead to direct Touch of Evil (1958). Welles even read the script for "Eve", and told director Nunnally Johnson that whomever played the lead would win an Oscar. (Joanne Woodward did, in fact, win the Oscar). See more »

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(at around 33 mins) When Eve Black is in the hospital sitting on the bed talking with the Dr. and he mentions introducing E. Black to E. White, E. Black is holding a cigarette in her left hand. She "wakes up" as E. White and covers herself, but has lost the cigarette. See more »

Quotes

Eve White: I didn't do it. I'd die before I'd hurt Bonnie.
Dr. Luther: Why do you suppose Ralph says those things if they aren't true?
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introducing Alistair Cooke distinguished journalist and commentator See more »

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Featured in 20th Century-Fox: The First 50 Years (1997) See more »

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Hold Me
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Written by Jack Little (as Little Jack Little), Dave Oppenheim and Ira Schuster
Performed by Joanne Woodward
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A Gal With TOO Much Personality!!!
16 November 2007 | by ferbs54See all my reviews

I suppose the one thing Eve White could never be accused of, in the 1957 movie "The Three Faces of Eve," is not having enough of a personality! In fact--to the consternation of her dullard Georgian husband, and the amazement of shrink Lee J. Cobb--she's got three distinct personalities that tend to emerge quite unexpectedly. The first is Eve White herself, a mousy dishrag of a housewife; then there's "Eve Black," an extroverted, hard-drinking party girl; and finally "Jane," a nice, well-spoken young woman. As portrayed by Joanne Woodward in her Oscar-winning role, this mixed-up gal becomes a very believable and sympathetic figure. Woodward is actually pretty amazing here, and it is quite remarkable how she is able to switch on a dime from one personality to another, using all the actor's tricks of mannerisms, voice inflections, accents and so on. Cobb is also excellent, as usual, as the soft-spoken, patient doctor who tries for years to help her, and David Wayne is also fine as Eve's husband, who, in one fascinating scene, seems to cheat on his wife WITH HIS OWN WIFE! The psychological explanation of why Eve has become what she is may strike some as too pat, but we shouldn't forget that this is all based on a real-life case history. However, as Danny Peary reminds us in his fun book "Alternate Oscars," the real-life Eve had not been cured at the time this film was made, but rather required 17 years' worth of additional therapy, during which time a full 22 personalities came forth! But I guess that would have made for a very depressing 10-hour movie! And I wholeheartedly agree with Peary that Woodward deserved an Oscar for her work here. Heck, under the circumstances, they should've given her three!


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