The Lady Eve (1941)

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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 Preston Sturges' comedy, Henry Fonda stars as Charles Pike, the son of a beer magnate who becomes the target of the father-daughter team of card sharps 'Colonel' Harry and Jean Harrington (Charles Coburn and Barbara Stanwyck). Their plan to rob the naive young man blind hits a snag, however, when Jean actually falls head over heels for an equally-smitten Pike.
Rating:
NR
Genre:
Classics , Comedy , Romance
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MCA Universal Home Video

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Cast

Eric Blore
as Keith
Henry Fonda
as Charles Pike
Barbara Stanwyck
as Jean Harrington
Charles Coburn
as Colonel
George Melford
as Party Guest
Robert Warwick
as Bank Manager
Frank Moran
as Party Bartender
Walter Walker
as Sparky
Frances Raymond
as Old Lady on Boat
Arthur Hoyt
as Lawyer at Telephone in Pike's Office
Wanda McKay
as Daughter on Boat
Luis Alberni
as Pike's Chef
Jack Richardson
as Father of Girl on Boat
Jimmy Conlin
as Steward
Al Bridge
as Steward
Julius Tannen
as Lawyer
Victor Potel
as Steward
Evelyn Beresford
as Party Guest
Janet Beecher
as Mrs. Pike
Pat West
as Bartender
Reginald Sheffield
as Prof. Jones
Robert Greig
as Burrows
Wilson Benge
as Butlers at Party
Robert Dudley
as Husband on Boat
Alan Bridge
as Steward
Torben Meyer
as Purser
Cyril Ring
as Husband on Boat
Norman Ainsley
as Sir Alfred's Manservant
Betty Farrington
as Mother on Boat
Gayne Whitman
as Party Guest
Ella Neal
as Daughter on Boat
Harry Depp
as Man With Glasses on Boat
Jean Phillips
as Sweetie
Sam Ash
as Husband on Boat
Esther Michelson
as Wife on Boat
Abdullah Abbas
as Man with Potted Palm
Joe North
as Butler at Party
John Hartley
as Young Man on Boat
Bertram Marburgh
as Party Guest
Dora Clement
as Gertrude
Harry A. Bailey
as Lawyer in Pike's Office
Ray Flynn
as Lawyer
Harry Rosenthal
as Piano Tuner
Arthur Stuart Hull
as Party Guest
Kenneth Gibson
as Party Guest
Wilda Bennett
as Party Guest
Helen Dickson
as Mother on Boat
Almeda Fowler
as Mother on Boat
Pauline Drake
as Social Secretary
Alfred Hall
as Party Guest
Eva Dennison
as Mother on Boat
Georgia Cooper
as Party Guest
J.W. Johnston
as Lawyer
J.W. Johnston
as Lawyer
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Critic Reviews for The Lady Eve

All Critics (32) | 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 15, 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
Variety
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.

June 23, 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
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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
Randy Tippy

Super Reviewer

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

Aj V
Aj V

Super Reviewer

½

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
Jennifer D

Super Reviewer

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