Lady Eve, The*
- 1941 ----- b & w ----- 93 min ----- dvd
(Written and directed by Preston Sturges, screenplay based on the story by Monckton Hoffe; with Barbara Stanwyck, Henry Fonda, Charles Coburn, Eugene Pallette, William Demarest, Eric Blore, Melville Cooper) A conniving father and daughter meet up with the heir to a brewery fortune--a wealthy but na´ve snake enthusiast--and attempt to bamboozle him at a cruise ship card table. Their plan is quickly abandoned when the daughter falls in love with their prey. But when the heir gets wise to her gold-digging ways, she must plot to re-conquer his heart. One of Preston Sturges' most clever and beloved romantic comedies, it balances broad slapstick and sophisticated sexiness with perfect grace.
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- Topics: (Motion Pictures: Comedy, Motion Pictures: Features, Women Studies)