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Post  Devotee #1 on 23rd December 2007, 06:45



MOVIE INFORMATION:
Universal Studios – 1941
1 Hour, 33 Minutes
Black & White

MAIN CREDITS:
Producer…Joe Pasternak
Director…Henry Koster
Screenplay…Norman Krasna
Music…Charles Previn

MAIN CHARACTERS:
Anne Terry…Deanna Durbin
Jonathan Reynolds…Charles Laughton
Johnny Reynolds…Robert Cummings
Doctor Harvey…Walter Catlett
Gloria Pennington…Margaret Tallichet
Mrs. Pennington…Catherine Doucet

MOVIE SYNOPSIS:
Wealthy Jonathan Reynolds is close to death. He’s not expected to last the night and the newspapers are ready to roll with the story of his passing. His only son, Johnny is rushing to his bedside from Mexico. On his arrival, Reynolds asks Johnny to bring to him the girl he is engaged to so he can see her before he dies. So Johnny rushes off to the hotel where his fiancée, Gloria Pennington and her mother are staying. Unable to find them he asks a beautiful hatcheck girl, Anne Terry to pose as his fiancée for the sum of fifty dollars to which she agrees. When they arrive at the house, Reynolds takes an instant liking to her. After the meeting, Anne tells Johnny that she is going back home to Ohio and that the fifty dollars will come in handy. Much to everyone’s surprise, Reynolds recovers and insists that Johnny’s fiancée join him for breakfast. Johnny rushes off to the train station and catches Anne just in time. She once again agrees to pose as his fiancée. On their arrival, Reynolds gives Anne the family jewels and his affection for her continues to grow. When the family physician, Doctor Harvey brings in the get well cards and letters, Anne is excited to learn that one of the cards is from the famous conductor Leopold Stokowski who is a frequent visitor to the house. Anne wants to audition for Stokowski and after singing to Reynolds she convinces him to throw a party for her and invite Stokowski. Gloria and her mother want to be formally introduced to Reynolds, so Johnny tells Anne that it’s time to tell his father the truth. Anne is against the idea because it will ruin her chances with Stokowski. Johnny comes up with a story to tell his father that the engagement is off because he and his fiancée have had a bad argument. As Johnny is telling his father about the cancelled engagement, Anne rushes in begging him to forgive her. When Reynolds leaves the room, Johnny chases Anne around the house and threatens to punch her. Reynolds overhears their conversation and learns that Anne is not Johnny’s fiancée after all, but decides not to let on that he knows. Then Gloria and her mother arrive under a different name and are introduced to Reynolds who doesn’t show any interest in them. Gloria is upset with Johnny for not telling his father that she is the real fiancée. That same night Anne tries to tell Reynolds that she is a fake, but he pretends to be sick and stops her from confessing. On the night of the party, Anne phones Reynolds and informs him she has a headache and won’t be coming. Reynolds visits Anne at her apartment and tells her he knows that she isn’t really his son’s fiancée. He then convinces Anne to go to a nightclub where they laugh and dance. When Johnny finds out what his father has done, he rushes to the nightclub and confronts Anne who throws a drink in his face. The next day Anne is at the railway station again heading for Ohio, but once again Johnny convinces her to see his father because he is close to death. When they arrive at the mansion, they discover that Doctor Harvey is the one who is sick and not Reynolds. Johnny is informed by Reynolds that Gloria and her mother have gone to Mexico. Anne and Johnny then accept the fact that they are in love much to the satisfaction of Reynolds.

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Post  Devotee #1 on 24th January 2008, 09:27

Anne Terry (Deanna Durbin) and Johnny Reynolds (Robert Cummings) go to the deathbed of Jonathan Reynolds (Charles Laughton) who thinks that Anne is his son's fiancée.



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Post  Devotee #1 on 1st February 2008, 23:54

Gloria Pennington (Margaret Tallichet) & Mrs. Pennington (Catherine Doucet) want to visit Johnny, but he stops them.



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Post  Devotee #1 on 13th February 2008, 18:06

Anne accompanies herself on the piano as she performs When I Sing to a Tchaikovsky waltz.



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Post  Devotee #1 on 13th February 2008, 18:07

Johnny visits Anne to tell her that her services are no longer required.



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Post  Devotee #1 on 13th February 2008, 18:08

Jonathan demands that his son "forgive" Anne.



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Post  Devotee #1 on 13th February 2008, 22:40

In Spanish, Anne sings Clavelitos at the rate of 157 words per minute!



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Post  Devotee #1 on 13th February 2008, 22:50

Anne and Jonathan dance the La Conga at the night club:



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Post  Devotee #1 on 1st March 2008, 02:39

Johnny stops Anne from leaving once again.



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Post  Devotee #1 on 27th March 2008, 17:40

This is a photo of Robert Cummings celebrating his birthday (10 June) during the making of IT STARTED WITH EVE. There are three candles on his cake in recognition that he was the first leading man to work in three movies with Deanna Durbin. Later, Charles Laughton also celebrated his birthday (1 July) on the set of IT STARTED WITH EVE:



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Post  Devotee #1 on 31st March 2008, 14:55

MEMORABLE LINES:

Harry (Wade Boteler), the editor of the New York Daily Press says to Frank (Chick Chandler), the reporter, "Frank, I'm warning you. If Reynolds isn't dead within a half hour, don't come back here!"

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Post  Devotee #1 on 1st April 2008, 07:30

Here are some interesting facts about the La Conga:



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Post  Devotee #1 on 3rd May 2008, 18:05

Eve was the first woman on the planet in the Garden of Eden and that's where it all started.

The original title was ALMOST AN ANGEL.



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Post  Devotee #1 on 3rd May 2008, 18:05

IT STARTED WITH EVE was Deanna's first movie after her marriage to Vaughn Paul and she didn't want to take her wedding ring off, so she simply concealed it with a larger ring.



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Post  Devotee #1 on 3rd May 2008, 18:06

Although Deanna gave a brilliant performance in IT STARTED WITH EVE, her mind was preoccupied on decorating her new house in Brentwood rather than making a movie.



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Post  Devotee #1 on 3rd May 2008, 20:23

Deanna and Vaughn had just spent a weekend at the home of Robert and Vivien Cummings. Deanna was so sore from laughing that she couldn't sing when she arrived at the studio for work on Monday.


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Post  Devotee #1 on 3rd May 2008, 20:27

Deanna Durbin's graceful stunt of jumping on a chair and gliding over as it overturns was accomplished with a basic ballet step she learned while taking dancing lessons before she began her movie career.


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Post  Devotee #1 on 3rd May 2008, 20:35

The filming of the scene after Robert Cummings and Deanna Durbin had visited Charles Laughton on his death bed has a fun story attached to it. Deanna and Robert were fooling around as usual. As Robert was giving thanks at the bottom of the stairs to Deanna for posing as his fiancée, he spoke only into her left eye which made her nervious. "I can't stand the way he looks at me," she snickered. "It makes me feel sort of one-sided." Robert was pleased with himself, but feigned innocence. He promised to gaze into both Deanna's eyes. The scene began again. As he spoke his murmured, emotional lines, half of Deanna's face looked at him with wistful tenderness. The other half, unseen by the camera, gradually distorted into a disconcerting grimace and then a twitching sneer, but subsided with a smirk when Robert giggled. Both actors then played the scene again properly when they sensed Henry Koster losing his patience with them.


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Post  Devotee #1 on 3rd May 2008, 20:40

Mistake found in the movie:

When Anne first arrives at the Reynold's mansion, she is wearing a raincoat, and one of the lapels is crooked, but when Johnny is thanking her at the bottom of the stairs for coming to see his father, the lapel suddenly becomes completely straight.


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Post  Devotee #1 on 3rd May 2008, 20:59

A complete wardrobe of oversized clothes were tailored for Charles Laughton to make it appear he had lost a lot of weight due to an illness. He in fact did lose a massive 40 pounds in a few weeks prior to the making of IT STARTED WITH EVE.



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Post  Devotee #1 on 3rd May 2008, 21:02

The actor Guy Kibbee, who played the clergyman, spoke some Spanish in the movie which had to be taught to him by Universal's resident teacher, Gladys Hoene.



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Post  Devotee #1 on 1st November 2009, 07:40

We all know that in the movie IT STARTED WITH EVE, old Jonathan Reynolds has a penchant for music. Notice that shortly after the jewelllery box scene, Anne Terry thunders out the opening bars of Tchaikovsky's B flat piano concerto and then sings When I Sing to the music of the Sleeping Beauty Waltz. And what is the combination of the wall safe? 18.12, of course!!



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Post  Devotee #1 on 1st November 2009, 07:55





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Post  Devotee #1 on 8th July 2010, 09:53

Deanna Durbin & Robert Cummings having fun on the set of IT STARTED WITH EVE:






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Post  Devotee #1 on 26th September 2011, 09:21

Deanna Durbin and Robert Cummings both gave wonderful performances in IT STARTED WITH EVE:



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Post  Devotee #1 on 26th September 2011, 09:22

ACADEMY AWARD NOMINATIONS:
Best Music Scoring


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