Sunday, May 7, 2017

Deanna Durbin: It Started With Eve


If you've never seen Deanna Durbin, you are missing out on one of the greatest actresses of the 1930's. I had never heard of her either until a dear friend introduced her movies, and I've been hooked ever since. Even if you aren't a big fan of old movies or can barely tolerate a few songs now and again, you will still love the heartwarming stories and good laughs that come from these delightful films. If you don't know where to begin with Deanna's extensive movie collection, the best place to start is It Started with Eve

Deanna Durbin plays Ann, who works as a hat-checker in a hotel but actually dreams of singing. Robert Cummings plays Johnny whose father, played by Charles Laughton, is dying. Unable to find his fiance and fearing it may become too late, Johnny discovers Ann working in the hotel and asks her to come see his father, pretending to be the fiance.

Comedic twist? The father doesn't die and he wants to see Johnny's fiance. Johnny has to keep up the game with Ann's character until he can figure out what to do about introducing his real fiance, Gloria. That presents a problem because Johnny's father has already fallen in love with Ann's character and her remarkable singing.

Filled with non-stop laughter with the amazing duo of Durbin and Cummings, It Started with Eve is truly one of Deanna's greatest films. Her best titles include: First Love, Three Smart Girls, Three Smart Girls Grow Up, The Amazing Mrs. Holliday, 100 Men and a Girl, and Mad About Music. 

Trivia: Deanna Durbin was paid $400,000 for this movie in 1941, which would be the equivalent of nearly $6,000,000 today. She was one of the highest paid movie actresses of her time. Deanna left show business during the height of her career at age 29 because she always wanted a quiet life and moved to France with her third husband where she died in 2013.

                                                                             ~ Therese

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