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The Lady Eve -- Barbara Stanwyck is a calculating card shark who fleeces passengers on transatlantic ocean liners. When she discovers that an ingenious young millionaire (Henry Fonda) is on board, the scheming Stanwyck figures he'll be a pushover if she plays her cards right. Sure enough, he does fall for her, but surprise-she also falls for him. When he's tipped off that true romance is not in the cards because she's giving him a fast shuffle, Fonda's fondness fades. Now Stanwyck realizes that if she wants to win him back, she's got to stop her double-dealing, and she does but not before she turns up a few tricks of her own.
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 sharps targets the socially awkward heir to brewery millions for his money, till one of them falls in love with him. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Plot Keywords:
Awards:
Nominated for Oscar. Another 2 wins See more »
User Reviews:
Eve, the temptress See more (111 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)

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Trivia:
In 1939, Preston Sturges consulted with producer Albert Lewin about his early script and, among several criticisms, Lewin responded that he felt that "the first two-thirds of the script, in spite of the high quality of your jokes, will require an almost one hundred percent rewrite." Lewin reasoned that the sequences showing "Charles" as being "inordinately fond of snakes" served no purpose and "should be ruthlessly excised." Sturges responded with a letter in which he agreed that the sequences as yet had no connection to the rest of the film, but he adamantly stood by them. In his follow-up letter, Lewin "surrender[ed] unconditionally" to Sturges's judgment, and added the following: "Follow your witty nose, my boy; it will lead you and me and Paramount to the Elysian pastures of popular entertainment."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:
Jean Harrington:What were you doing up the Amazon?
Charles Pike:Looking for snakes. I'm an ophiologist.
Jean Harrington:I thought you were in the beer business.
Charles Pike:Beer? Ale!
Jean Harrington:What's the difference?
Charles Pike:Between beer and ale?
Jean Harrington:Yes.
Charles Pike:My father'd burst a blood vessel if he heard you say that. There's a big difference. Ale's sort of fermented on the top or something, and beer's fermented on the bottom, or maybe it's the other way around. There's no similarity at all. You see, the trouble with being descended from a brewer, no matter how long ago he brewed it, or whatever you call it, you're supposed to know all about something you don't give a hoot about.
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44 out of 57 people found the following review useful.
Eve, the temptress, 7 April 2005
Author: jotix100 from New York

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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