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Deanna Durbin - It Started With Eve [DVD]
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Dying Millionaire Jonathan Reynolds has just one wish - to meet the woman that his son, Johnny, will marry. When he can't get hold of his real fiancee, Johnny 'borrows' a pretty young hatcheck girl named Anne Terry (Deanna Durbin) for his father to meet in her place. The ruse works - until the old man begins to recover! This Academy Award nominated film sees Deanna perform 'Tchaikovsky Waltz', 'Clavelitos' and 'Going Home.'
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Jonathan Reynolds (Charles Laughton), an irracible, rich and socially prominent tycoon, is on his death bed. His son Jonathan Jr. (Robert Cummings) rushes home from Mexico with his new fiance Gloria (Margaret Tallichet) to see him before he dies, an event the papers can't wait for. But when the old man wants to meet young Jonathan's bride to be, she and her hideous mother have left the hotel to go shopping. A desparate Jonathan talks coat check girl Anne Terry (Deanna Durbin) into pretending to be Gloria for $50.00. It is money she needs for train fare back to Shelbyville because she is abandoning her dreams of singing stardom, which are going nowhere.
A teary eyed Anne has a warm and instant connection with old man Jonathan, who adores her and makes an unexpected recovery thanks to her charm and warmth. This causes complications for Jonathan, who has to catch Anne at the train station twice in order to keep the charade going! The interplay between the two as they start bickering about it is priceless. Even when the old man overhears them and knows the truth he goes along because he can see she's the right girl for his son Jonathan Jr., and the daughter-in-law he wants.
Of course, Jonathan Jr. still thinks he wants to marry the real Gloria and there is a subplot about a party which will be attended by Stokowski and Heifetz, friends of the old man.Read more ›
This film is funny and easy-going. All the cast are good, the best being Deanna Durbin and the worst, for me, was Robert Cummings and his slightly wimpy nature – he is playing for farce and I think he just goes a little over the top. He just rushes around a little too much. There is also a good performance from Catherine Doucet as Mrs Pennington. Her manner is spot on with her disapproval of the proceedings and her habit of fiddling with her pearl necklace to exhibit her anger and anxiety is perfectly executed.
As regards the story, it’s complete nonsense so just go with it. The characters provide the comedy to keep things going, although you have to feel sorry for Margaret Tallichet. She hasn’t done anything! She is definitely given harsh treatment in this film. You could even go as far as to say that Deanna Durbin is the evil one – hence the title referring to Eve.
As for the music interludes, Deanna only sings one turkey – “Going Home”. It comes at a sentimental point in the film and so it helps to lay on that rubbish quite thick. Can’t stand nonsense like that. However, her other two songs, both sung with her piano accompaniment are an enjoyable experience, especially the Spanish one. And she has an entertaining Conga dance scene with Charles Laughton towards the end of the film.
It Started With Eve begins with Jonathan Reynolds (Laughton), a rich old tycoon, apparently on his death bed. When his son, Jonathan Junior (Cummings), comes rushing in from a trip to Mexico, old Jonathan asks to meet young Jonathan's new fiance, who has come to New York with him, accompanied by her mother. Young Jonathan tries to contact his fiance, can't reach her, and believing his father is now dying, happens upon Anne Terry (Durbin), a hatch-check girl. He rushes Anne to the side of his father and introduces her as his fiance. But the next day his father recovers. Now young Jonathan has his fiance he can't let his father meet, and his father wants to keep seeing Anne, thinking she's the fiance. The movie's an hour-and-a-half of mistaken identity and screw-ball encounters.Read more ›
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Charles Laughton certainly steals the limelight in this film. He is funny, believable and doesn't overact. Robert Cummings by contrast is not funny. Read morePublished on 31 May 2014 by Samuel Barber
It can not be ever, there is a Deanna film that is not good. Universal well preserved originals of these films or restoration work is great. Viewing DVD looks like a Blu-Ray. Read morePublished on 2 Oct. 2013 by Eric Mascarin Perigault
This was the first Deanna Durbin film I purchased and I highly recommend it for those wishing to see good, clean, old fashioned light-hearted romantic comedy performed by some... Read morePublished on 15 May 2012 by Nostalgia
Deanna Durbin was always fabulous and on this outing has a nice script and fine support from Charles Laughton and Robert Cummings, making this one of her best. Read morePublished on 2 May 2005