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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 sharps targets the socially awkward heir to brewery millions for his money, until 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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A brilliant comedy - from script to acting See more (117 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Barbara Stanwyck ... Jean Harrington

Henry Fonda ... Charles Poncefort Pike

Charles Coburn ... 'Colonel' Harrington

Eugene Pallette ... Mr. Horace Pike

William Demarest ... Muggsy

Eric Blore ... Sir Alfred McGlennan Keith

Melville Cooper ... Gerald

Martha O'Driscoll ... Martha

Janet Beecher ... Mrs. Janet 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)
Laura Gile ... Passenger on Ship (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)
Kay Koury ... Ship Passenger (uncredited)

Mary MacLaren ... Flirty Dowager 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)

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 Ridgway ... 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)
Florence Wix ... Mother on Ship (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 McCrellis .... 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:
With so many people on the set, Preston Sturges dressed eccentrically so that he would stand out. He usually wore either a brightly coloured beret or a hat with a feather in it. This sartorial splendour led to his being dubbed the worst-dressed man in Hollywood.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: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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Movie Connections:
Featured in Miss Representation (2011)See more »
Soundtrack:
Thunderstorm MusicSee more »

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38 out of 48 people found the following review useful.
A brilliant comedy - from script to acting, 21 December 2001
Author: mdmphd from Santa Cruz, CA

One of my favorite films of the forties and, I believe, one of Barbara Stanwyck's best. Fonda also gets a chance to show some comedic chops as well as the foil for her Eve. It's apparent everyone involved knows they're in something good and enjoys it - Eugene Palette as Fonda's wealthy Father, William Demarest(think Uncle Charlie in My Three Sons)in one of his best supporting roles as Fonda's crusty valet, and Charles Coburn and Eric Blore doing brilliant comic character turns as card sharks on Eve's side. Stanwyck hadn't really cared about clothes before(see Mad Miss Manton) but this time Edith Head came up with some innovations that suddenly made her a fashion hit as well. Her bolero jackets, evening dresses, wedding gown and cap hats were big fashion successes, tailored to Stanwyck's tiny form. But the real star is the sparkling dialogue, delivered flawlessly by everyone. Plenty of one liners, double entendres and an incredibly sexy seduction in one long take where Stanwyck simply toys with Fonda's hair as he reclines, uncomfortably, on the floor beside her. There are other scenes - Stanwyck sizing up the room with commentary as seen thru her makeup mirror...the dinner party where Fonda can't get over how much Eve looks like the girl he left on the ship...a sequence where Fonda's horse started to move in on a romantic scene so Sturges rewrote and reshot other parts, making Fonda the foil of the intrusive horse. See if you can spot the take where the horse actually nibbles on Fonda and watch Stanwyck glide thru it all like a pro. BRILLIANT film -- can't recommend it highly enough - five stars of five - MDMPHD:>

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