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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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Taglines:

When you deal a fast shuffle... Love is in the cards. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »

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Trivia

This film has a 100% rating based on 33 critic reviews on Rotten Tomatoes. See more »

Goofs

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

Charles: A girl of sixteen's practically an idiot anyway, so I can't very well blame you for something that was practically done by somebody else.
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Crazy Credits

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

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Featured in Fonda on Fonda (1992) See more »

Soundtracks

Thunderstorm Music
(1816) (uncredited)
from "Il Barbiere de Sevillia" (1816) (uncredited)
Music by Gioachino Rossini
In the score at the party
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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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Paramount Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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