The Lady Eve (1941)



Critic Consensus: A career highlight for Preston Sturges, The Lady Eve benefits from Barbara Stanwyck and Henry Fonda's sparkling chemistry, and from a script that has inspired countless battle-of-the-sexes comedies.

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In this comedy, Charles Pike is the son of a beer magnate who becomes the target of the father-daughter team of card sharps 'Colonel' Harry and Jean Harrington. Their plan to rob the naive man blind hits a snag, however, when Jean falls head over heels for an equally-smitten Pike.

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Romance, Classics, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Preston Sturges, Monckton Hoffe
In Theaters:
On DVD: Oct 16, 2001
MCA Universal Home Video


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Critic Reviews for The Lady Eve

All Critics (31) | Top Critics (7)

The picture returns the lately heavily dramatic Barbara Stanwyck to glamor.

Full Review… | February 10, 2014
TIME Magazine
Top Critic

Barbara Stanwyck is the sexiest con woman ever captured on film.

Full Review… | June 16, 2012
Wall Street Journal
Top Critic

Third writer-director effort of Preston Sturges [from a story by Monckton Hoffe] is laugh entertainment of top proportions with its combo of slick situations, spontaneous dialog and a few slapstick falls tossed in for good measure.

Full Review… | November 13, 2007
Top Critic

Preston Sturges extended his range beyond the crazy farces that had made his reputation with this romantic 1941 comedy, and his hand proved just as sure.

Full Review… | November 13, 2007
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

A beguilingly ribald sex comedy, spattered with characteristic Sturges slapstick.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Now there's no question about it: Preston Sturges is definitely and distinctly the most refreshing new force to hit the American motion pictures in the past five years.

Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for The Lady Eve

Barbara Stanwyck exudes enough sexuality to spark a fence post. I don't think I've ever seen a film with such perfect casting. Hilarious and brilliant.

Randy Tippy

Super Reviewer

An unusual romantic comedy, it's really funny, and has a good cast. Really worth watching.

Aj V

Super Reviewer


Hah! Delightful!! I'm not sure who was the bigger scene stealer, Barbra Stanwyck or Henry Fonda, I loved them both. Fonda was sweet and naive while Stanwyck was closer to her Ball of Fire role, witty and fiery and perfect! The story lagged a bit here and there, but the humor kept me going.

Jennifer D

Super Reviewer

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