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It Started with Eve(1941)

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At the city desk of the New York Daily Star Press , editors prepare the headline story, "Jonathan Reynolds Dies." At the home of the billionaire, meanwhile, his son Johnny, Jr. returns from Mexico City. Dr. Harvey tells Johnny that his father is near death, and his last wish is to meet Johnny's fiancée, Gloria Pennington. Johnny goes to Gloria's hotel and is told that both Gloria and her mother have gone out for the evening. Desperate, Johnny asks hat check girl Anne Terry to pretend to be Gloria. She does so and Jonathan takes an immediate liking to her. The next day, Jonathan awakes feeling refreshed and frisky, and, seemingly recovered, he demands to see Anne. Dr. Harvey warns Johnny that the shock of learning Anne's true identity could be fatal to his father, so Johnny is forced to continue the deception. Johnny snatches Anne away from the railway station, where she was planning to take a train back to Shelbyville, Ohio, having given up on her operatic career in New York. Back at the Reynolds' home, Johnny is surprised by the arrival of the real Gloria and her mother. While Johnny tries to explain things to Gloria, Anne learns that Jonathan has close ties to major opera figures, and convinces him to throw a party, at which she plans to demonstrate her voice. Later, Johnny contrives to tell his father that he and "Gloria" have split up, then introduce the real Gloria as his new girl friend. Anne begs him to wait until after her party, but he refuses, saying that he cannot have all of New York thinking she is Gloria. At dinner the next night, Johnny tells his father that he and Anne have broken up. Anne then bursts into the room, throwing herself at Johnny and begging his forgiveness. Johnny is forced by his father to accept her apology, but insists that she give him on a kiss. Jonathan goes upstairs to leave the two "love birds" alone, but he manages to overhear their arguing and learns the truth. Gloria and her mother then arrive, but when they see Anne and the lipstick on Johnny's mouth, they depart angrily. Anne goes upstairs to tell Jonathan the truth, but when he pretends to be sick, she says nothing. The night of the party arrives, and Jonathan is back to his old self. Johnny arrives with Gloria and her mother, and tells his father that Anne has a headache, and will not be attending. Jonathan calls Anne, and she demands that he leave her alone. Undaunted, he goes to Anne's apartment and tells her that he knows all, but insists she go out with him one last time. The two go to a fancy nightclub, where they are photographed by newspaper photographers, drink "Reynold's specials" and dance the "Conga." When Johnny and Dr. Harvey arrive, Anne throws her drink in Johnny's face, then leaves. The next day, once again Johnny stops Anne at the railway station, telling her that his father has had another attack. Back at the Reynolds' home, Jonathan reveals that he was faking once more and that Dr. Harvey is the sick one. Finally, as they chase and pinch each other around the living room, Johnny and Anne admit their true feelings for each other. Jonathan watches with amusement, then heads upstairs, smoking one of his forbidden cigars.