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The Lady Eve (1941)

 -  Comedy | Romance  -  21 March 1941 (USA)
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A trio of classy card sharks targets the socially awkward heir to brewery millions for his money, till one of them falls in love with him.

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Mr. Pike
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Muggsy
Eric Blore ...
Sir Alfred McGlennan Keith
Melville Cooper ...
Gerald
Martha O'Driscoll ...
Martha
Janet Beecher ...
Mrs. Pike
Robert Greig ...
Dora Clement ...
Gertrude
Luis Alberni ...
Pike's Chef
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Returning from a year up the Amazon studying snakes, the rich but unsophisticated Charles Pike meets con-artist Jean Harrington on a ship. They fall in love, but a misunderstanding causes them to split on bad terms. To get back at him, Jean disguises herself as an English lady, and comes back to tease and torment him. Written by John Oswalt <jao@jao.com>

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love | card shark | heir | snake | ship | See more »

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Barbara Stanwyck has Henry Fonda Bewitched and Bewildered See more »

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Comedy | Romance

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21 March 1941 (USA)  »

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The Lady Eve  »

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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It was hibernation season during the shoot so Emma the king snake was always sleeping while also shedding her skin. Needless to say, she was very uncooperative. See more »

Goofs

When Charles and Jean are standing on the deck talking, the ambient, background sounds - of people talking and birds singing - can be heard running on a loop. The scene lasts several minutes, but the ambient sounds repeat every several seconds. See more »

Quotes

Jean Harrington: I don't see why I have to do all the dirty work. There must be plenty of rich old dames just waiting for you to push 'em around.
"Colonel" Harrington: You find 'em, I'll push 'em.
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Pilgrims Chorus
(1845) (uncredited)
from the opera "Tannhäuser"
Written by Richard Wagner
Background music while Charles forgives Eve on their nuptial night train ride
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Exquisite comedy
15 October 2002 | by (Oakland CA) – See all my reviews

A stunningly beautiful film -- and very funny, too, with 2 of the strongest leads in film paired memorably. Some moments, like Fonda slouching on the floor and Stanwyck drooping onto him in a wry parody of Hollywood lovemaking, actually achieve the grace and beauty of the best silent films. The story takes some fairly predictable turns, and the script and direction by Sturges are first rate. Fonda is very broad but miraculously pulls it off, and Stanwyck revels in the excellent role she plays (two roles in one, no less, an actor's dream!). One of the best comedies of the "classic" Hollywood era.


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