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The Lady Eve (1941)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Romance | 21 March 1941 (USA)
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A trio of classy card sharps targets the socially awkward heir to brewery millions for his money, until one of them falls in love with him.



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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 2 wins. See more awards »



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Complete credited cast:
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Robert Greig ...
Dora Clement ...
Luis Alberni ...
Pike's Chef


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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21 March 1941 (USA)  »

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Lady Eve  »

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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When "Colonel" Harrington talks to Jean in her cabin the morning after Pike proposes, the shadow of a spotlight moves up and out of frame. See more »


Lawyer at Phone in Pike's Office: But he says she says she won't have anything to do with lawyers.
Lawyer: That's entirely irregular!
Horace Pike: Well, it's a thought!
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Isn't It Romantic
(1932) (uncredited)
Music by Richard Rodgers
Played often in the score
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Eve, the temptress
7 April 2005 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

This is another Preston Sturges masterpiece! With "The Lady Eve", Mr. Sturges proves he was at the pinnacle of his career. Rarely do all elements mesh together into films that are pleasing as well as showing intelligence to the viewer. This comedy has its heart in the right place.

Mr. Sturges assembled an amazing cast to appear in the movie. Barbara Stanwyck and Henry Fonda make the ideal players for Jean Harrington aka Lady Eve Sidwish, and Charles Pike. The saying that opposites attract is well demonstrated in the film when we watch these two different characters fall for one another. Ms. Stanwyck shows in this film her great timing; she is seen at her most attractive as the devious Jane/Eve. Henry Fonda is excellent playing comedy. Under Sturges' tight direction both these actors show why they were about the best in the business.

The strength with Mr. Sturges' films are the fantastic group of actors that follow him from movie to movie. Thus, we see William Demarest, one of the best character actors of the time, playing Mugssie. Eric Blore, another impressive English actor does amazing work as Pearlie. Charles Coburn is perfect as the gambling father. Eugene Palette plays Charlie's father. There are many more that make contributions to the success of this film.

Preston Sturges shows with this film he was one of the best auteurs in Hollywood, even when the term had not been coined.

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