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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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Great 1940s Comedy with Fonda and Stanwyck See more (105 total) »

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)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Preston Sturges wrote the script in Reno, Nevada, while awaiting his third divorce.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 Fonda on Fonda (1992) (TV)See more »
Soundtrack:
Landlord, Fill the Flowing BowlSee more »

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18 out of 22 people found the following review useful.
Great 1940s Comedy with Fonda and Stanwyck, 19 November 2005
Author: drednm from United States

OK so the plot of The Lady Eve doesn't make a lot of sense, but why should it? It's fast, funny, and offers two great stars--Barbara Stanwyck and Henry Fonda--great roles. Although both stars were better known for their dramatic roles, Fonda and Stanwyck breeze thru this romp in classic style.

Fonda plays a rich goofus who falls for Jean (Stanwyck) onboard an ocean liner but she turns out to be a crook so he dumps her. To get even, she pretends to be the British Lady Eve and crashes his Connecticut manor. He falls for her again.

Surprisingly racy lines for a 1941 comedy and a totally wonderful supporting cast make this a must see. Charles Coburn plays Stanwyck's father. Eugene Palette and Janet Beecher are Fonda's parents. William Demarest is the valet. Eric Blore is the faux earl. Melville Cooper is Coburn's valet. Robert Greig is the butler. Torben Meyer is the purser, and Martha O'Driscoll is a maid. The film is full of other faces familiar from Preston Sturges comedies: Jimmy Conlin, Al Bridge, Julius Tannen, Robert Warwick, and Robert Dudley. Also look for Bess Flowers, Barbara Pepper, and Luis Alberni.

First and foremost, however, are Stanwyck and Fonda. They made 3 films together and they are perfect Sturges types. He is still and gawky but basically good. She is slightly bad and sexy but basically good. It would be easy to replace Fonda in this film with another Sturges favorite, Joel McCrea, or replace Stanwyck with Veronica Lake (the star's of his Sullivan's Travels) and this would have been a good film. But Fonda and Stanwyck make this edgier than Lake and McCrea could have made it. Indeed if Fonda had been the star of Sullivan's Travels, that film would be in the top ten on all film fans' lists.

But The Lady Eve is just terrific. It's a comedy that runs hot on pacing, great lines, and the charisma and chemistry of two major stars. How odd that this classic comedy received only one Oscar nomination--for writing. Preston Sturges would be nominated for writing 3 times and win for The Great McGinty. He was never nominated as a director. The Lady Eve, Sullivan's Travels, The Palm Beach Story, Miracle of Morgan's Creek, and Hail the Conquering Hero remain cornerstones of 40s comedy.

The Lady Eve is a must see for fans of great comedy and the likes of Sturges, Stanwyck, and Fonda!

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