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It Started with Eve
     

It Started with Eve

Director: Henry Koster, Deanna Durbin, Charles Laughton, Robert Cummings

Cast: Henry Koster, Deanna Durbin, Charles Laughton, Robert Cummings

 

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A man trying to make his dying father happy makes his love life very complicated indeed in this musical comedy starring Deanna Durbin. Jonathan Reynolds Jr. (Robert Cummings) is the playboy son of multi-millionaire business magnate Jonathan Reynolds, Sr. (Charles Laughton). Junior has told his father that he's finally met the woman he's going to marry while on a

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A man trying to make his dying father happy makes his love life very complicated indeed in this musical comedy starring Deanna Durbin. Jonathan Reynolds Jr. (Robert Cummings) is the playboy son of multi-millionaire business magnate Jonathan Reynolds, Sr. (Charles Laughton). Junior has told his father that he's finally met the woman he's going to marry while on a recent trip to Mexico, and Father, who has been given a very short time to live by his doctors, wants to meet her right away. However, the woman in question is not available, so Junior persuades Anne Terry (Durbin), a hat-check girl and aspiring singer, to pose as his fiancée for the sake of his father's peace of mind. Father takes quite a liking to Anne, which is fine and good until he defies all the expectations of his doctors and makes a complete recovery. Now Father is spending a great deal of time with the woman he thinks is going to be his future daughter-in-law, and Junior isn't sure how to tell him that Anne isn't really the woman he wants to marry. As usual, Durbin sings several songs, including "Clavelitos" by Valverde and "Going Home," adapted from "Symphony for the New World" by Dvorak.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
It Started With Eve has one of those premises that modern audiences will most likely find too ridiculous, but for those willing to accept it, Eve is more than decent fun. The movie falls short of being any more than that, largely because the screenplay is competent when it needs to be brilliant. Still, there's a lot to be said for competence, and if the dialogue for Eve doesn't sparkle and bubble, it more than gets the job done. Henry Koster's direction is also fine -- not great, but more than adequate, making Eve a pleasant diversion. It helps that Eve has two such charming stars as Deanna Durbin and Robert Cummings, who also share a valuable rapport. Durbin, of course, is in fine voice, but her "straight" performance is even more impressive. Cummings is an expert at this kind of thing, and he adds some nice touches to almost all of his scenes. Even better is a hard-to-recognize Charles Laughton, who keeps his excessive tendencies very much in check and turns in a delightful turn that is captivating without even approaching over-the-top. It's a lovely job from an incredibly talented actor who too often let his worst impulses mar his performances.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/05/2014
UPC:
0025192180651
Original Release:
1941
Source:
Universal Mod
Presentation:
[B&W]
Time:
1:32:00
Sales rank:
4,833

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Deanna Durbin Anne Terry
Charles Laughton Jonathan Reynolds
Robert Cummings Jonathon Reynolds, Jr.
Guy Kibbee Bishop Maxwell
Margaret Tallichet Gloria Pennington
Catherine Doucet Mrs. Pennington
Walter Catlett Dr. Harvey
Charles Coleman Roberts, the butler
Leonard Elliott Rev. Henry Stebbins
Irving Bacon Raven
Gus Schilling Raven
Wade Boteler Newspaper Editor
Dorothea Kent Jackie Donovan
Clara Blandick Nurse
Marie McDonald Actor
Sig Arno Waiter
Chick Chandler Frank (the newspaper reporter)
John Eldredge Hotel Desk Manager
Mary Gordon Cleaning Lady (II)
John Hamilton Thomas
Selmar Jackson Hotel Guest
George Lewis Maitre D'
Mantan Moreland Railway Porter
Jack Mulhall Nightclub Photographer
Sarah Padden Jenny
Robert E. Homans Railway Conductor
Tim Ryan Assistant Newspaper Editor

Technical Credits
Henry Koster Director,Producer
Bernard W. Burton Editor
Hanns Kraly Original Story
Norman Krasna Screenwriter
Rudolph Maté Cinematographer
Jack Otterson Art Director
Joe Pasternak Producer
Charles Previn Score Composer,Musical Direction/Supervision
Hans J. Salter Score Composer
Leo Townsend Screenwriter
Vera West Costumes/Costume Designer

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