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Ever Since Eve (1937)

Approved | | Comedy, Romance | 15 July 1937 (USA)
Lecherous bosses make it difficult for an attractive secretary to keep jobs, so she decides to appear considerably more homely in hopes of holding onto work.

Director:

Lloyd Bacon

Writers:

Lawrence Riley (screen play), Earl Baldwin (screen play) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Marion Davies ... Marge Winton
Robert Montgomery ... Freddy Matthews
Frank McHugh ... 'Mabel' DeCraven
Patsy Kelly ... Sadie Day
Allen Jenkins ... Jake Edgall
Louise Fazenda ... Abbie Belldon
Barton MacLane ... Al McCoy
Marcia Ralston ... Camille Lansing
Frederick Clarke Frederick Clarke ... Alonzo (as Frederic Clarke)
Arthur Hoyt ... Hotel Manager
Mary Treen ... Employment Clerk
Harry Hayden ... President of the Purity League
Pierre Watkin ... Barton
John T. Murray ... Lowell
William B. Davidson ... Henderson (as William Davidson)
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Storyline

Marge is a capable secretary, but her bosses are more interested in her than her abilities. This causes her to be frequently unemployed. To get a job, she changes her look to make herself unattractive. This gets her work with a writer named Freddy, who has a deadline fast approaching for his new book. Unfortunately, Freddy takes every opportunity not to work on the book and even falls for Marge when he sees her as she really looks. But as the unattractive secretary, he barely notices her and she tries everything to get him to complete his book on time. Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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22 million moviegoers are reading the nationally syndicated serialization every day for 21 days as part of the big Cosmopolitan backing for this joyous hit from WARNER BROS. See more »

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Comedy | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 July 1937 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Desde os Tempos de Eva See more »

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Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Marion Davies's last movie. See more »

Quotes

Freddy Matthews: Well, you know how she is, sort of stiff and proper.
Marge Winton: Just a regular old maid, in fact.
Freddy Matthews: Yes. But, she's a marvelous secretary and I need her badly.
Marge Winton: I can imagine.
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Featured in Breakdowns of 1938 (1938) See more »

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Little Star of the Night
(1937) (uncredited)
Music by M.K. Jerome
Lyrics by Jack Scholl
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Assembly-line, but Marion gives it some zip
24 January 2011 | by marcslopeSee all my reviews

William Randolph Hearst preferred to see mistress Marion Davies in magnolia-scented romances, but comedy was her forte, and she gets a nice chance to show off in this screwball romance, her last movie. She's a capable secretary who's sick of being pawed by her bosses and disguises herself as a frump. The trouble is that even a brunette-wig Marion with unbecoming glasses isn't THAT hideous, and the plot machinations stemming from her deception thus seem a little under-motivated. Further, it's something of a B supporting cast--what's Louise Fazenda doing in a role with Edna May Oliver written all over it, and why isn't Gail Patrick playing Marion's nemesis instead of this nobody? Bob Montgomery is just fine playing the light-leading-man sort of role he did dozens of times, and Patsy Kelly and Allen Jenkins are very reliable in this sort of thing. It doesn't sparkle, but as others have noted, it makes its serious points about women in the workplace who aren't appreciated for their talents, and Marion looks like she's having fun getting to be something other than a boring beauty.


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