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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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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)
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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

Of Deanna Durbin's 21 features released between 1936 and 1948, only this film opened at Manhattan's famed Radio City Music Hall, starting October 2, 1941. 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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Soundtracks

When I Sing
(uncredited)
from ballet "Sleeping Beauty"
Music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Music Adapted by Charles Previn and Max Terr
Lyrics by Samuel Lerner
Sung by Deanna Durbin
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Funny, Engaging Comedy With Deanna Durbin, Charles Laughton, & More
4 August 2004 | by Snow LeopardSee all my reviews

With Deanna Durbin's charm, Charles Laughton's energy, a decent supporting cast, and a worthwhile story, "It Started With Eve" is a funny and engaging comedy. It may seem like a weird idea to pair such dissimilar talents as Durbin and Laughton, but it does work. As Laughton's son, Robert Cummings gets mostly straight lines, but he performs his role well, and Walter Catlett also has some good moments as a rather high-strung doctor.

The story starts out a little slowly, but once it gets rolling it is interesting. It also has some thoughtful moments, as the characters try to figure out how to deal with all the dilemmas that start when Cummings's character has to improvise a way of comforting his seriously ill father. The actual plot developments are insubstantial in themselves, but are generally used to good effect. It could have been played as an all-out screwball comedy, but here the more balanced approach seems to work at least as well.

The movie builds up steam as things develop, and saves some of the best moments for the climactic sequence. It's a successful combination that makes for enjoyable viewing.


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