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Ever Since Eve (1937)

Approved | | Comedy, Romance | 15 July 1937 (USA)
Lecherous bosses make it difficult for an attractive secretary to keep jobs, so she decides to appear considerably more homely in hopes of holding onto work.

Director:

Lloyd Bacon

Writers:

Lawrence Riley (screen play), Earl Baldwin (screen play) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Marion Davies ... Marge Winton
Robert Montgomery ... Freddy Matthews
Frank McHugh ... 'Mabel' DeCraven
Patsy Kelly ... Sadie Day
Allen Jenkins ... Jake Edgall
Louise Fazenda ... Abbie Belldon
Barton MacLane ... Al McCoy
Marcia Ralston ... Camille Lansing
Frederick Clarke Frederick Clarke ... Alonzo (as Frederic Clarke)
Arthur Hoyt ... Hotel Manager
Mary Treen ... Employment Clerk
Harry Hayden ... President of the Purity League
Pierre Watkin ... Barton
John T. Murray ... Lowell
William B. Davidson ... Henderson (as William Davidson)
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Marge is a capable secretary, but her bosses are more interested in her than her abilities. This causes her to be frequently unemployed. To get a job, she changes her look to make herself unattractive. This gets her work with a writer named Freddy, who has a deadline fast approaching for his new book. Unfortunately, Freddy takes every opportunity not to work on the book and even falls for Marge when he sees her as she really looks. But as the unattractive secretary, he barely notices her and she tries everything to get him to complete his book on time. Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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Trivia

First film of Paul Stewart. See more »

Quotes

Freddy Matthews: That face wouldn't stop a clock. It would start it running backwards!
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Connections

Featured in Captured on Film: The True Story of Marion Davies (2001) See more »

Soundtracks

I Know Now
(1937) (uncredited)
Music by Harry Warren
Played when Freddie is asked about his new book
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Marion Davies pushing the envelope a bit
17 September 2009 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

"Ever Since Eve" is a cute comedy from 1937 starring Marion Davies, Robert Montgomery, Patsy Kelly, and Allen Jenkins. Davies plays a secretary who gets sick of the men she works for hitting on her all the time - so sick, in fact, that she makes herself into a homely frump and goes to work for Robert Montgomery, who plays an author in need of someone efficient so that he can finish his book.

Davies' transformation is very good, but I have to admit that I didn't find her so much of a knockout normally that no man could keep his hands off of her. It was really a role for someone like Jean Harlow. The interesting thing is, Davies was 40 at the time. It was unusual in those days for an actress to still be playing starring roles by then and only superstars with clout could get away with it. Norma Shearer retired at 40, as did Greta Garbo; by the time Joan Crawford was 38, MGM was giving her junk, and she was drummed out of the studio.

Davies is very good, and the film is cute, with good performances from the rest of the cast. Davies' acting abilities come as no surprise to me, as I have enjoyed many of her performances. She was a bright presence as well.

"Ever Since Eve" goes down easily. It's not a masterpiece, not a classic screwball comedy, but it's very enjoyable.


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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

15 July 1937 (USA) See more »

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Desde os Tempos de Eva See more »

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