Expertly tailored to the combined talents of Deanna Durbin and Charles Laughton. It Started with Eve is a neatly-devised romantic comedy drama. Story is one of those typical Cinderella tales, developed at a consistently fast pace, with plenty of spontaneous comedy exploding en route.
Laughton, crusty and cantankerous old millionaire, has the presses stopped, ready to toss his obit across the front pages. His son (Robert Cummings) suddenly arrives from a Mexican trip with his fiancee. Dying man insists on seeing the future wife, and when Cummings fails to locate her quickly, grabs a hatcheck girl (Durbin) as substitute. Miraculous recovery results from Durbin’s visit, with Cummings getting into deep complications through necessity of continuing the duplicity – at the same time placating his fiancee.
Henry Koster gets the utmost out of Durbin’s unsophisticated youthfulness, contrasting this effectively with the character performance of Laughton as the dictatorial tycoon for a slick piloting job.
1942: Nomination: Best Scoring of a Musical Picture