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The Lady Eve -- Returning from a year up the Amazon studying snakes, the rich but unsophisticated Charles Pike meets con-artist Jean Harrington on a ship...

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Director:
Writers:
Monckton Hoffe (screen play: based on a story by)
Preston Sturges (written by)
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Release Date:
21 March 1941 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Eve Sure Knows Her Apples ! See more »
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for Oscar. Another 2 wins See more »
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Barbara Stanwyck ... Jean

Henry Fonda ... Charles

Charles Coburn ... 'Colonel' Harrington

Eugene Pallette ... Mr. Pike

William Demarest ... Muggsy
Eric Blore ... Sir Alfred McGlennan Keith
Melville Cooper ... Gerald
Martha O'Driscoll ... Martha
Janet Beecher ... Mrs. Pike
Robert Greig ... Burrows
Dora Clement ... Gertrude
Luis Alberni ... Pike's Chef
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Abdullah Abbas ... Man with Potted Palm (uncredited)
Norman Ainsley ... Sir Alfred's Servant (uncredited)
Mary Akin ... Passenger on Ship (uncredited)
Sam Ash ... Husband on Ship (uncredited)
Harry A. Bailey ... Lawyer (uncredited)

Bobby Barber ... Ship's Waiter with Toupee (uncredited)
Ambrose Barker ... Mac (uncredited)
Wilson Benge ... First Butler at Party (uncredited)
Wilda Bennett ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Evelyn Beresford ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Al Bridge ... First Steward (uncredited)
Jan Buckingham ... Passenger on Ship (uncredited)
Ken Carpenter ... Himself - Trailer Narrator (voice) (uncredited)
Marcelle Christopher ... Daughter on Ship (uncredited)
Jimmy Conlin ... Third Steward (uncredited)
Georgie Cooper ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Nell Craig ... Ship Passenger at Railing (uncredited)
Madge Crane ... Passenger on Ship (uncredited)
Eva Dennison ... Mother on Ship (uncredited)
Harry Depp ... Man with Glasses on Ship (uncredited)
Helen Dickson ... Mother on Ship (uncredited)
Pauline Drake ... Social Secretary (uncredited)
Robert Dudley ... Husband on Ship (uncredited)
Franklyn Farnum ... Tailor in Montage (uncredited)
Betty Farrington ... Mother on Ship (uncredited)
Bess Flowers ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Ray Flynn ... Lawyer (uncredited)
Almeda Fowler ... Mother on Ship (uncredited)
Kenneth Gibson ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Alfred Hall ... Party Guest (uncredited)

Eddie Hall ... Chauffeur (uncredited)
Sam Harris ... Party Guest (uncredited)
John Hartley ... Young Man on Ship (uncredited)
Arthur Hoyt ... Lawyer at Phone in Pike's Office (uncredited)
Arthur Stuart Hull ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Mitchell Ingraham ... Passenger on Ship (uncredited)
Sheldon Jett ... Sunbather on Ship (uncredited)
Jack W. Johnston ... Lawyer (uncredited)
Richard Kipling ... Father on Ship (uncredited)
Bertram Marburgh ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Wanda McKay ... Daughter on Ship (uncredited)
George Melford ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Torben Meyer ... Mr. Clink - Purser (uncredited)
Esther Michelson ... Wife on Ship (uncredited)
Harold Miller ... Diner on Ship (uncredited)
Bert Moorhouse ... Diner on Ship (uncredited)
Frank Moran ... Bartender at Pike's Party (uncredited)
Ella Neal ... Daughter on Ship (uncredited)
Joseph North ... Second Butler at Party (uncredited)
Barry Norton ... Passenger on Ship (uncredited)
Ernesto Palmese ... Man on Ship (uncredited)
Barbara Pepper ... Lady Wrestler Type on Ship (uncredited)
Jean Phillips ... Sweetie (uncredited)
Victor Potel ... Second Steward (uncredited)
Frances Raymond ... Old Lady on Ship (uncredited)
Jack Richardson ... Father of Girl on Ship (uncredited)
Suzanne Ridgeway ... Diner on Ship (uncredited)
Cyril Ring ... Husband on Ship (uncredited)
Ronald R. Rondell ... Diner on Ship (uncredited)
Harry Rosenthal ... Piano Tuner (uncredited)
Reginald Sheffield ... Professor Jones (uncredited)
Larry Steers ... Jeweler (uncredited)
Bert Stevens ... Ship's Officer (uncredited)
Julius Tannen ... Lawyer (uncredited)
Dorothy Vernon ... One of Pike's Cooks (uncredited)
Wally Walker ... Sparky (uncredited)
Robert Warwick ... Passenger on Ship (uncredited)
Pat West ... Ship's Bartender (uncredited)
Gayne Whitman ... Party Guest (uncredited)

Directed by
Preston Sturges 
 
Writing credits
Monckton Hoffe (screen play: based on a story by)

Preston Sturges (written by)

Produced by
Paul Jones .... producer
Buddy G. DeSylva .... producer (uncredited)
William LeBaron .... executive producer (uncredited)
Albert Lewin .... associate producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Phil Boutelje (uncredited)
Charles Bradshaw (music score) (uncredited)
Gil Grau (uncredited)
Sigmund Krumgold (uncredited)
John Leipold (uncredited)
Leo Shuken (music score) (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
Victor Milner (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Stuart Gilmore (edited by)
 
Casting by
Robert Mayo (uncredited)
 
Art Direction by
Hans Dreier 
Ernst Fegté 
 
Costume Design by
Edith Head (costumes)
 
Makeup Department
Hollis Barnes .... hair (uncredited)
Ben Nye .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Wally Westmore .... makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Barton Adams .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Mel Epstein .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Sam Comer .... set dresser (uncredited)
Ernest Johnson .... props (uncredited)
Robert McCrillis .... props (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Don Johnson .... sound recordist
Harry Lindgren .... sound recordist
Ray Cossar .... stage engineer (uncredited)
Harry Katherman .... recordist (uncredited)
Ted Powell .... mike grip (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Frank Dugas .... assistant camera (uncredited)
George Gottleber .... grip (uncredited)
Soldier Graham .... gaffer (uncredited)
Lorne Netten .... electrician (uncredited)
G.E. Richardson .... still photographer (uncredited)
Guy Roe .... second camera (uncredited)
 
Animation Department
Leon Schlesinger .... animation titles (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Richard Bachler .... wardrobe: men (uncredited)
Eugene Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
Edna Shotwell .... wardrobe: women (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Chandler House .... assistant editor (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Sigmund Krumgold .... musical director
 
Other crew
Claire Behnke .... script supervisor (uncredited)
Roy Burns .... business manager (uncredited)
Teet Carle .... publicist (uncredited)
Edwin Gillette .... secretary: Mr. Sturges (uncredited)
Ernst Laemmle .... technical director (uncredited)
 
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Runtime:
94 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)
Certification:
Argentina:16 | Canada:PG (Ontario) | Finland:S (1981) | Finland:K-16 (1941) | South Korea:12 (2004) | Sweden:15 | UK:U | USA:Not Rated | USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:Approved (PCA #6801) | USA:TV-PG (TV rating) | West Germany:16 (nf)

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Trivia:
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:
Continuity: 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:
Gerald:D'you want the strippers on the right or the left
"Colonel" Harrington:I hardly need them, Gerald. I can take this boy with a deck of visiting cards.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in The Holiday (2006)See more »
Soundtrack:
Isn't It RomanticSee more »

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19 out of 21 people found the following review useful.
"Oh Hopsie", 16 February 2007
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

In this period of Henry Fonda's career, most of the good films was stuff he made away from his studio at 20th Century Fox. The Lady Eve is one of the best examples of that,

With the success that Preston Sturges had with Christmas in July and The Great McGinty the year before, Paramount decided now they could trust Sturges with a big budget and an A list pair of leads. In fact they borrowed Henry Fonda from Darryl Zanuck and signed the then freelancing Barbara Stanwyck.

This was a banner year in the career of Barbara Stanwyck. She did Meet John Doe, The Lady Eve and Ball of Fire in the same year, the last one she got an Oscar nomination for Best Actress. The Lady Eve came first and paved the way for a similar role in Ball of Fire.

She's a street smart dame in both films, in the Lady Eve she's a shill for her conman father Charles Coburn and in Ball of Fire she's a nightclub singer and moll for gangster Dana Andrews. In both films she falls for rather withdrawn, naive, and bookish sort of men who bring out the mother instinct in her. In fact she has similar nicknames for them, Gary Cooper is called Pottsie and Henry Fonda is Hopsie.

Stanwyck, Coburn, and Melville Cooper are a trio of con artists who are looking for a fresh pigeon and they find one in Henry Fonda who is a millionaire's kid. Fonda today would be called a trust fund baby, but he has an interest in science and he's coming back from the Amazon on a boat when meets up with the slick trio.

Of course Stanwyck falls for the shy and bumbling Fonda, but there are many hurdles to overcome before these two find happiness.

This may have been Henry Fonda's best comedy part. And like Joel McCrea in other Preston Sturges films, Fonda does so well in the part because he plays it absolutely straight. No tongue in cheek, no winks at the audience, Fonda plays it straight and sincere.

The usual Preston Sturges stock company is here and prominent in the cast is always William Demarest as the mug that is a kind of bodyguard factotum for Fonda. Hired of course by Eugene Palette in another one of his crotchety millionaire father roles.

Best scene in the film is right at the beginning as Stanwyck analyzes all the moves a lot of the other females on board are using to attract Fonda before she decides on a very direct approach.

The Lady Eve holds up very well as do all of Preston Sturges's work after over 60 years. I do kind of wonder though if Stanwyck can control that streak of larceny in her even though she's marrying a millionaire who can give her anything.

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