The Lady Eve
1941, Preston Sturges, USA, 94 min.
With Barbara Stanwyck, Henry Fonda
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"If I were asked to name the single scene in all of romantic comedy that was sexiest and funniest at the same time, I would advise beginning at six seconds past the 20-minute mark in THE LADY EVE."—Roger Ebert
One of Hollywood’s most gifted comedy screenwriters, Preston Sturges transitioned to directing with aplomb, refining the screwball genre he had helped to codify. His third directorial effort, THE LADY EVE was his first major triumph in the romantic comedy form—a riotous shell game of false identities, shady motives, and good-natured chicanery conducted in the name of love. Stanwyck stars as sultry confidence woman Jean, who sets out to scam mild-mannered beer heir Charles (Fonda), only to fall in love with him and abandon her larcenous plans. When Charles dumps her after learning of her criminal past, Jean decides to get her revenge, posing as “Eve,” a British noblewoman. 35mm. (CW)