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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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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 »
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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)
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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:
When Muggsy places a brush over his face and imitates Hitler, he is actually speaking Swedish. Directly translated he is saying: "Naughty boy I'm going to punch you in the face".See more »
Goofs:
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): When Eve is presented by her Uncle at the party, she is referred to as "Lady Sidwich", but her actual title is "the Lady Eve Sidwich".See more »
Quotes:
Jean Harrington:[snuggling happily] Oh, you don't know what you've done to me.
Charles Pike:[worried] Terribly sorry.
Jean Harrington:Oh, that's all right.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in "Castle: The Limey (#4.20)" (2012)See more »
Soundtrack:
With the Wind and the Rain in Your HairSee more »

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77 out of 85 people found the following review useful.
Hell Hath No Fury As The Lady Scorned..., 21 September 2002
Author: gaityr from United Kingdom

On the surface of it, THE LADY EVE is a delightfully shallow evening's entertainment. It's a clever little film, filled with great dialogue ("Don't be vulgar, Jean. Let us be crooked, but never common.") and eccentric characters, from the leading lady Jean (a marvellous Barbara Stanwyck) and her much-beleaguered main man Charlie Pike (Henry Fonda) down to the other con artists that make up Jean's circle, including her dad Harry (Charles Coburn), sidekick Gerald (Melville Cooper) and Sir Alfred McGlennan Keith (Eric Blore)... or just Pearlie for short. Charlie is heir to the Pike Ale fortune, and while on a cruise home from South America, Harrington father and daughter decide to take the hapless lad to the metaphorical drycleaners. What neither of them gambles on is a romance that was always in the cards for Jean and Charlie. But just as Jean is about to go 'straight' for Charlie, he discovers that his girlfriend is part of a con racket, and unceremoniously dumps her. Hurt and determined to get revenge for his cruel parting words, Jean initiates a farce as the Lady Eve Sidwich of the film's title and infiltrates Charlie's home and heart again. She quickly teaches him a lesson he'll never forget, just as she realises how much she really still loves Charlie.

Story-wise, then, it's no doubt that THE LADY EVE provides fine frothy entertainment. Pair that with the surreal touches added into the film by Preston Sturges (take for example the supposedly climactic scene in which Charlie repeats his words of love to Eve--Fonda never gets to play the scene straight, even though he has to maintain a stony face as his horse keeps butting into his speech... presumably to try to get him to stop talking!), and there's certainly plenty to keep one occupied as is. The film is, of course, a screwball comedy absolutely bent on throwing every possible obstacle it can into the path of its intended couple, coming up with more twists than you expect...

However, thanks largely to the brilliant writing and direction provided by Sturges, it actually also plays very close and very insightfully to the theme of what Stanley Cavell calls 'remarriage comedy'. The idea behind this is that legal or religious marriages, the 'first' marriages of the couple concerned in such comedies, are actually sham marriages. It isn't saying 'I do' or signing a piece of paper that makes a marriage a marriage; it's the behaviour of the couple, their own endorsement, that makes it a true marriage. This theme is reflected in, for example, THE AWFUL TRUTH, which sees Lucy and Jerry Warriner divorcing (their first, sham marriage didn't work out) but getting back together again for a true, albeit not yet legalised, union. The same theme pervades THE PHILADELPHIA STORY. Preston Sturges very skilfully and effectively--but subtly!--brings this theme to his film as well. Eve and Charlie are married, but it is only when Charlie asks Jean for forgiveness and vice versa is it possible for the fact that they are married (to each other, as poor Charlie does not know!) to become significant and actually positively affirmed.

This isn't the only interesting point the film makes while appearing to be little more than a fluffy piece of entertainment--when Charlie breaks Jean's heart, she tells him, "The best [girls] aren't as good as you think they are and the bad ones aren't as bad. Not nearly as bad." She sets out to prove this, both in her fabricated 'good-girl' persona as Eve (later revealed to have had many MANY suitors) and her real 'bad-girl' con-artist self Jean (who has a soft heart and a love for Charlie that proves to be one of her virtues). Practically everyone in the film has (at least) two names by which they're known: Jean/Eve, Charlie/Hopsie, Muggsy/Murgatroyd/Ambrose, Harry/Colonel Harrington, Pearlie/Sir Alfred and so on. This suggests, quite rightly, that people are complicated complex beings, and that appearances often have nothing to do with reality. It also brings the film's story to a head--Jean and Charlie can never be happy together until Charlie can accept Jean as she is, and this he presumably will have learnt through his short, disastrous 'marriage' to Eve.

Stanwyck and Fonda are really outstanding in this film. Stanwyck's job is to persuasively depict two characters, and then effect a blend of the two of them in the final minutes of the story, and she pulls off both the sassy, confident Jean and the elegant, British Eve perfectly. It's not hard to imagine Charlie falling hard for Jean, even with her hard-headed casing of the joint and her prospective competition (appropriately deemed second-rate) for his affections... a very memorable scene involving her make-up mirror and a narrative voice-over, the latter of which is used to great effect in the lead-up to the 'romantic scene and horse' bit which follows later in the film. Fonda has the apparently easier job of appearing mostly colourless and stodgy as he spends most of his screen time reacting to situations created by both Jean and Eve, but I contend that it must really take quite a lot of true acting ability to execute the pratfalls that he does without making Charlie such a wimp that you can't imagine Jean still wanting him at the very end. Though not quite as effective as Cary Grant, who has to do the same thing in the face of Katharine Hepburn's breathlessly effusive Susan Vance in BRINGING UP BABY, Fonda still brings a sweet charm to his role as the not-at-all-slick, often befuddled Charlie Pike. Add these two classy performances to that given by the able supporting cast, and THE LADY EVE is not just well-scripted and directed, but also very very well-acted indeed.

So, watch this film the first time just for fun--be charmed by the characters, by the dialogue, by the actors, by everything. Then watch it again to realise just how subtly and effectively THE LADY EVE actually makes several comments on marriage and on love. I highly recommend getting your hands on the Criterion Collection DVD, which has (aside from a tremendous photo gallery and interview with Peter Bogdanavich and other special features) a fantastic, thought-provoking commentary by film critic Marian Keane--it most certainly got *me* thinking!

Great film, great entertainment, great message!

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