The Lady Eve, 1941, comedy
Barbara Stanwyck, Henry Fonda, Charles Coburn, William Demarest, Eugene Pallette
An ocean liner, a beautiful card shark, a gullible and handsome millionaire + an excellent script = one of the best screwball comedies ever made. The story moves right along and has enough plot twists to keep one guessing.
Preston Sturges was a talented writer, producer and director. Pratfalls, sparkling dialog, and oh, that beautiful ship.
It’s terribly romantic but safe enough for the whole family, although small children will probably get bored between the physical comedy scenes.
Designed by Edith Head and they are stunning; Barbara Stanwyck was never more beautiful. It’s worth watching just to see the her clothes.
Where I’ve seen them:
Barbara Stanwyck – (too many to mention but here are a few) Mad Miss Manton, Meet John Doe, Christmas in Connecticut, Dial M for Murder, The Big Valley
Henry Fonda – Mad Miss Manton, The Grapes of Wrath, 12 Angry Men, Mr. Roberts, Yours Mine and Ours
Charles Coburn – Stanley and Livingston, King’s Row
Eugene Pallette (Fonda’s father) – My Man Godfrey, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
William Demarest – My Three Sons, That Darn Cat!
Something I learned:
Card Sharps and Card Sharks are interchangeable terms.
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*Updated March 31, 2013