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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
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Mrs. Pike
Robert Greig ...
Dora Clement ...
Gertrude
Luis Alberni ...
Pike's Chef
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Storyline

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 | lady | con artist | connecticut | snake | See more »

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Positively the funniest love and laugh show of 1941! Positively the richest entertainment you'll give your patrons in a long time! See more »

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Comedy | Romance

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21 March 1941 (USA)  »

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Lady Eve  »

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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Preston Sturges wrote the script in Reno, Nevada, while awaiting his third divorce. See more »

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When Jean is looking at Charles in the mirror, what she sees is the right way round (you can clearly see this by looking at the cover of Charles' book). See more »

Quotes

"Colonel" Harrington: Ah, there you are. Well, it certainly took you long enough to come back in the same outfit.
Jean Harrington: I'm lucky to have this on. Mr Pike has been up the river for a year.
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Give Me a Moment Please
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Music by Richard A. Whiting and W. Franke Harling
Lyrics by Leo Robin
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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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