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Ever Since Eve

Warner Brothers, 1937
Directed by Lloyd Bacon
Running time: 79 minutes

Ever Since Eve

Marion Davies, Robert Montgomery, Patsy Kelly, Allen Jenkins, Frank McHugh.

Marge Winton (Marion Davies) is too pretty to be a secretary. In fact, she can't seem to hold a job very long due to her amorous employers. At an employment firm Marge hears about a publishing company that wants a homely stenographer; one that would keep an amorous writer on track.

Marge transforms herself into an ugly duckling, thanks to some thick glasses and a page boy wig. She easily wins the job and begins to work with an author who has his mind on other things (Robert Montgomery) than his deadline. Montgomery's shrewish girlfriend tries to lure him away from his work, while his indurate boss, Abbie Belldon, humorously harasses him about not completing his book.

Marion's roommate is once again Patsy Kelly (her third film with Davies) and there are a lot of laughs with that combination. Montgomery stops by Marge's house and see her out of disguise. She pawns herself off as Sadie (Patsy Kelly's character) and tells him that Patsy's name is Suzie. This is all too confusing for Patsy's boyfriend (Allen Jenkins) when introductions are attempted and he's not in on the story.

Montgomery falls for Sadie, who's really Marge, and when their dating becomes an obstacle for his work, Marion tells him (as Marge) that Sadie has gone to Monterey for a while. Eventually, the entire cast ends up in Monterey, with Marge, aka Sadie, missing in a merry mix up following a hold up at the hotel. Marge has convinced Montgomery to finish the novel and she locks herself in her room to complete the text.

In the end, there is a brain teasing toss-up while they try to explain to Jenkins why Sadie was going as Suzie, Marge as Sadie, and so fourth. Montgomery (who catches Marge taking her wig off) says that he'd better get his name straight since he'd have to tell it to the Justice of the Peace. With that, he and the real Marge (sans the wig) leave arm in arm, closing the picture.