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The Lady Eve (1941) Poster

(1941)

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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.
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Edith Head's first in a long line of costume designing for Barbara Stanwyck. The wedding gown caused a fashion sensation. So much so that it was copied for brides and called, "the Lady Eve dress."
Preston Sturges wrote the screenplay specifically for Barbara Stanwyck. He had promised her a great film while working on a previous movie.
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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".
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This film was selected to the National Film Registry, Library of Congress, in 1994.
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The check that Henry Fonda's character, Charles Pike, writes to Charles Coburn, playing "Colonel" Harrington, is dated August 29. August 29th is director Preston Sturges' birthday.
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Beer is usually broken up into two basic categories: ale and lager, with the term "lager" often interchanged with "beer." The difference between beer and ale has to do with the way in which they are brewed and how the yeast ferments: ale uses yeast that gathers on the top; lager ("beer") uses yeast that ferments on the bottom.
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The book that Charles is reading during his first dinner aboard ship is entitled "Are Snakes Necessary." This is a spoof of the book "Is Sex Necessary" by James Thurber and E.B. White.
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At the beginning Henry Fonda makes references to the help of a "Professor Marsdit". Raymond L. Ditmars of the AMNH at the time was the best-known reptile expert in the country, the kind of popularizer that Carl Sagan later became.
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Preston Sturges wrote the script in Reno, Nevada, while awaiting his third divorce.
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One of over 700 Paramount Productions, filmed between 1929 and 1949, which were sold to MCA/Universal in 1958 for television distribution, and have been owned and controlled by MCA ever since.
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Ray Milland and Paulette Goddard were initially proposed by Paramount before Henry Fonda and Barbara Stanwyck were cast.
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The favourite film of Laura Dern.
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"Lux Radio Theater" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on March 9, 1942 with Barbara Stanwyck and Charles Coburn reprising their film roles.
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Shooting started just two months after Preston Sturges had completed his previous film, Christmas in July (1940).
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To maintain a light atmosphere on the set, Preston Sturges encouraged visitors. Friends, press representatives and even the general public were free to visit his sets and watch him at work.
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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.
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Barbara Stanwyck and Henry Fonda rarely retired to their dressing rooms between takes. Instead, they hung out with Preston Sturges, listening to his stories and reviewing - and often re-writing - their lines.
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Preston Sturges always handled his stars with kid gloves but took out his frustrations on the members of his stock company. At one point during filming, when he couldn't get Henry Fonda and Barbara Stanwyck to read a scene the way he wanted, he stalked over to William Demarest, who wasn't even in the scene, and barked, "And don't talk so damn fast!"
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Production finished just two days behind schedule.
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Paramount was so pleased with Preston Sturges's first two directorial efforts and his work on this film that the studio gave him a more lucrative contract at the end of 1940, paying him $2,750 a week for his work as a writer and a $30,000 bonus for each film he directed. He earned more than $200,000 in 1940.
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Friends of Preston Sturges who read the script tried to convince him to cut the number of pratfalls taken by Henry Fonda, arguing that they were too much of a good thing. Sturges didn't agree, and the slapstick bits later proved to be among the film's highlights
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The working title of this film was Two Bad Hats, which also was the title of Monckton Hoffe's original story.
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In 1938, a Hollywood Reporter news item reported that Preston Sturges had been assigned to write the script from Monckton Hoffe's story, and that the film was to star Claudette Colbert.
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The PCA initially rejected the script due to "the definite suggestion of a sex affair between your two leads" which lacked "compensating moral values." A revised script was approved, however.
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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."
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Joel McCrea, Madeline Carroll and Fred MacMurray were considered for the leads.
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The opening jungle river scene was shot on location at Baldwin Lake near Santa Anita, CA.
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