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The Lady Eve (1941)

Passed | | Comedy, Romance | 21 March 1941 (USA)
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A trio of classy card sharks targets the socially awkward heir to brewery millions for his money, until one of them falls in love with him.

Director:

Preston Sturges

Writers:

Monckton Hoffe (screen play: based on a story by), Preston Sturges
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 2 wins. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
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
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Storyline

Returning from a year up the Amazon studying snakes, the rich but unsophisticated Charles Pike meets con-artist Jean Harrington on a ship. They fall in love, but a misunderstanding causes them to split on bad terms. To get back at him, Jean disguises herself as an English lady, and comes back to tease and torment him. Written by John Oswalt <jao@jao.com>

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Barbara Stanwyck has Henry Fonda Bewitched and Bewildered See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »

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Trivia

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. See more »

Goofs

When Charles and Jean are standing on the deck talking, the ambient, background sounds - of people talking and birds singing - can be heard running on a loop. The scene lasts several minutes, but the ambient sounds repeat every several seconds. See more »

Quotes

Second Ship's Waiter: Good morning, sir. Fruit, cereal, bacon and eggs, eggs and sausage, sausage and hot cakes, hot cakes and ham, ham and eggs, eggs and bacon, bacon and...
Muggsy: Gimme a spoonful of milk, a raw pigeon's egg, and four houseflies. If you can't catch any, I'll settle for a cockroach.
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Crazy Credits

A very large cartoon snake displays the opening credits while twining around an apple tree. See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Party (1968) See more »

Soundtracks

Isn't It Romantic
(1932) (uncredited)
Music by Richard Rodgers
Played often in the score
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hilarious tour de force for two stars
15 January 2006 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

Henry Fonda and Barbara Stanwyck light up the delightful Preston Sturges comedy, "The Lady Eve." Stanwyck plays a dual role as a con artist who falls for a mark, Henry Fonda, on board a ship and then, angry with his rejection of her, reappears in his life later as a member of the British upper class - you got it, the Lady Eve.

Fonda is hilarious as a clueless child of privilege. Always the most subtle, internalized of actors, his facial expressions are priceless, as is his slapstick. The funniest scene takes place on a train when, as the train races along the tracks, Eve recounts her various love affairs while Fonda becomes more and more flummoxed.

Betty Grable got a lot of publicity for her legs, but Stanwyck's were the best, shown to great advantage here, as is the rest of her gorgeous figure. She's fantastic in this and has great chemistry with Fonda. Stanwyck always creates a whole character, and she does here as well (in fact, two of them) as a woman who is smart, independent, vulnerable in love, and conniving when angry.

A great comedy, not to be missed.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 March 1941 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$13,020
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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