The Lady Eve

1941, Comedy/Romance, 1h 37m

49 Reviews 5,000+ Ratings

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

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It's no accident when wealthy Charles (Henry Fonda) falls for Jean (Barbara Stanwyck). Jean is a con artist with her sights set on Charles' fortune. Matters complicate when Jean starts falling for her mark. When Charles suspects Jean is a gold digger, he dumps her. Jean, fixated on revenge and still pining for the millionaire, devises a plan to get back in Charles' life. With love and payback on her mind, she re-introduces herself to Charles, this time as an aristocrat named Lady Eve Sidwich.

Cast & Crew

Barbara Stanwyck
Jean Harrington, Lady Eve Sidwich
Henry Fonda
Charles Pike
Charles Coburn
"Colonel" Harrington
William Demarest
Muggsy (Ambrose Murgatroyd)
Eric Blore
Sir Alfred McGlennan Keith ("Pearlie")
Luis Alberni
Emile, Pike's chef
Victor Milner
Cinematographer
Stuart Gilmore
Film Editing
Hans Dreier
Art Director
Ernst Fegté
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Edith Head
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Critic Reviews for The Lady Eve

Audience Reviews for The Lady Eve

  • Nov 17, 2019
    I don't like handing out "best ever" platitudes, but I must say that Barbara Stanwyck's performance in The Lady Eve is one of the best ever. And, it isn't the chemistry she has with co-star Henry Fonda that most impresses me. It's the chemistry she has with writer-director Preston Sturges that sizzles.
    Aldo G Super Reviewer
  • Sep 11, 2018
    With a perfect balance between farce, screwball, slapstick, romance and even suspense, this is a witty comedy that relies on a delightful dialogue (which should be considered one of the finest ever written) and a wonderful chemistry between Barbara Stanwyck and Henry Fonda.
    Carlos M Super Reviewer
  • Nov 29, 2016
    Barbara Stanwyck sizzles in this movie, which has a bit of everything - sex, intrigue, and comedy. She plays a card sharp who travels with her father and his associate, bilking rich people out of their money. Henry Fonda plays her mark, a bumbling herpetologist and heir to a brewery business, but his naïve innocence makes her fall for him. The scenes where she is seducing him are absolutely electric. Later, she begins to be protective of him, and the gambling scene with her father (played by Charles Coburn) is wonderful. Frankly, Stanwyck's eyes and face are so alive that she steals every scene she's in. Director Preston Sturges paces the movie very well, there is never a dull moment or anything wasted. At the midway point it's hard to say what will happen, but I won't give anything away, except to say the first half of the movie is a bit better than the second. Released in 1941, it's got a couple of topical references, including William Demarest doing a Hitler impression, which was an interesting reminder of the darkness looming in the world. Overall, a very enjoyable movie, and a memorable Stanwyck performance.
    Antonius B Super Reviewer
  • Dec 07, 2013
    An extremely weird movie, far weirder than remembered. I think this is how Sturges was able to get away with the more titillating material.
    Alec B Super Reviewer

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