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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.

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Complete credited cast:
... Jean
... Charles
... 'Colonel' Harrington
... Mr. Pike
... Muggsy
... Sir Alfred McGlennan Keith
... Gerald
... Martha
... Mrs. Pike
... Burrows
... Gertrude
... Pike's Chef
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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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Positively the funniest love and laugh show of 1941! Positively the richest entertainment you'll give your patrons in a long time! See more »

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Comedy | Romance

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Lady Eve  »

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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. It was released on DVD 21 November 2006 as one of seven titles in Universal's Preston Sturges: The Filmmaker Collection, and as a single 1 June 2010 as part of the Criterion Collection. Since that time, it's also enjoyed frequent airings on Turner Classic Movies. See more »

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When Charles first meets "the Lady Eve Sidwich" at the party, his face goes from blank expression to shock twice - first with all characters, then in closeup. See more »

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Charles: [speaking of card playing] Now you, on the other hand, with a little coaching you could be terrific.
Jean: Do you really think so?
Charles: Yes, you have a definite nose.
Jean: Well, I'm glad you like it. Do you like any of the rest of me?
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Blaydon Races
(1862) (uncredited)
Written by Geordie Ridley
Whistled by Henry Fonda
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hilarious tour de force for two stars
15 January 2006 | by See 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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