It Started with Eve

Synopsis: 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.
Director(s): Henry Koster
Production: Universal
90 min

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Ain't it pretty?

Well, his inheritance tax oughta

make the country about even.

He was born too late. 200 years ago, he'd

have been a pirate. Captain Kidd himself.

Look at that stomach. I watched

him eat once at a banquet.

He didn't order a steak,

he ordered a cow.

You have to hand it to him.

He loved to live.


Have you gone crazy?

Let's go to press.!

We've only got 18 minutes

to catch the mail trains.!

I got the greatest first page here

since the Chicago fire!

Old man Reynolds is dyin' and I'm gonna

get the flash he's dead any minute!

Let him die in the next edition.!

And let the Herald beat us?

He's gonna die for me,

exclusive! He's mine!

But the mail trains...

He dies for me, not the Herald.

But the advertisers... Tell the

advertisers to go to the Herald.!

What are you standin' around

with your face hangin' out for?

Gimme two columns on Reynolds'

son flying in from Mexico. Right.

You know, lump-in-the-throat stuff.

"Only son flies to father's deathbed.

Will he make it? Won't he make it?"

Slobber all over the place,

but keep it classy!

And write it both ways,

if he makes it or if he doesn't.

As long as he has to go,

please have him go not later than 9:20.

That dirty Herald's

been gettin' all the breaks.

Yeah? What do you mean,

he isn't dead yet?

Frank, I gotta have some action!

What am I supposed to do,

hit him over the head?

I've been standing in a foot of water

and I caught a cold.

You've got a cold. Reynolds is dying!

At least he's doing it in a nice, warm bed.

I got something. Two ravens

from the national museum...

are inside the house

waiting to take his death mask.

Seems you gotta do it right away.

No, I didn't get their names.

Wait a minute.

Somebody's coming.

It's a car!

Must be Reynolds' son.

How do I know? 'Cause he came up

the wrong way on a one-way street!

Frank, I'm warnin' you, if Reynolds isn't

dead within a half hour, don't come back here!

Go ahead, threaten me!

I got pneumonia!

He's getting out of the car.

It's the Reynolds kid, all right!

He's goin'in the house.!

There he goes.

Hello, Roberts.

It's good you got here

in time, sir.


How is he, Doctor?

Not so good. There's

a chance, isn't there?

Isn't there?

He's had a rich, full life. A man

couldn't ask for more than he's been given.

No, I guess not.

He'll be glad to see you.

He's been asking for you

all the time.

Hello, Dad.

I leave town for a month

and find you in bed.

Out in the rain

without your rubbers, eh?

Well, you look fine, Dad.

Just fine.

You'll probably be

out ofhere in a week.

Say, the fishing in Mexico,

there's nothing like it.

It's not really fishing,

it's kind of big-game hunting.

They have fish

with teeth and horns.

Throwback to the buffalo.

You go out in a boat and

fish charge at you. And you...

And you just gotta catch 'em

in self-defense.

You and I

and two machine guns...

are going down there fishing

next month.

No more fishing for me,


What are you talking about?

Why, Dr. Harvey


You all right, Dad?

Tell me about her.

About her?

The girl you're going to marry. Oh.

Oh, she's wonderful.

I met her at the Williams'.

An old Boston family. Been

in Mexico a number of years.

We hit it off right away.

I wanted to marry her

the first week, but I...

I thought I'd let you see her first.

Why didn't you bring her? Well,

I... I dropped her at the hotel.

We brought

her mother along too.

I thought you'd be resting. The

excitement. I want to see her.

Yes, Dad.

First thing in the morning.

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Norman Krasna

Norman Krasna (November 7, 1909 – November 1, 1984) was an American screenwriter, playwright, producer, and film director. He is best known for penning screwball comedies which centered on a case of mistaken identity. Krasna also directed three films during a forty-year career in Hollywood. He garnered four Academy Award screenwriting nominations, winning once for 1943's Princess O'Rourke, a film he also directed. more…

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