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The working titles of this film were Almost an Angel and It Started with Adam. This film was originally scheduled to begin production in March 1941, but was delayed until May 1941 due to the extended honeymoon of star Deanna Dubin and her husband, Vaughan Paul. An undated Hollywood Reporter news item found at the AFI Library includes Universal contract player Elaine Morey in the cast, but her appearance in the released film could not be confirmed. Hollywood Reporter production charts for early June 1941 include Richard Carle in the cast, but his appearance in the released film has not been confirmed. New York Times reported in July 1946 that this was one of the first American films to be shown to German civilians upon the conclusion of World War II.
It Started with Eve was the last Universal film made by noted producer Joe Pasternak, who signed a long-term contract with M-G-M prior to its production. Hans Kraly's screen story for the film was the basis for two other pictures: a 1964 Universal film called I'd Rather Be Rich, starring Sandra Dee, Maurice Chevalier, Robert Goulet and Andy Williams, directed by Jack Smight and co-written by Norman Krasna (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1961-70; F6.2356); and a 1973 German production, Oh Jonathan, Oh Jonathan, starring Heinz Ruehmann, Peter Fricke and Franziska Oehme, written and directed by Franz Peter Wirth. In 1956, the NBC network broadcast a Lux Video Theatre version of Kraly's story, also titled It Started with Eve, starring Thomas Mitchell, David Janssen and Joan Sinclair, and directed by Cal Kuhl. For their work on t Started with Eve, Hans Salter and Charles Previn were nominated for an Academy Award for Achievement in Music (Scoring of a Musical Picture), but lost to Ray Heindorf and Heinz Roemheld for Yankee Doodle Dandy.