The Lady Eve
The Lady Eve (1941)

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… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: October 16, 2001
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Critic Score: 100% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

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.

TIME Magazine

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

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

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.

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Tony Sloman
Radio Times

This wonderfully witty masterpiece was written and directed by the inimitable Preston Sturges.

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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal

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

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Tom Milne
Time Out

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

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Gabe Leibowitz
Film and Felt

Fonda's gullibility is endearing, as is Stanwyck's inner turmoil over her chosen path vs. a womanly desire for stability.

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Variety Staff
Variety

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.

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Bosley Crowther
New York Times

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.

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Steve Crum
Video-Reviewmaster.com

Top of the line Preston Sturges with wonderful Barbara Stanwyck and surprisingly funny Henry Fonda.

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Flixster Audience Score: 87% Flixster User Reviews
Randy Tippy
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… More
Devon Bott
Henry Fonda plays a big dope who wanders around clueless for an entire movie. It's Barbara Stanwyck who has the fun role, as she falls for the dope pretty… More
AJ Verser
An unusual romantic comedy, it's really funny, and has a good cast. Really worth watching.
Stephen M
<I>"I wonder if now would be the time to tell you about Herman..."</I> As much as I admire <I>Sullivan's Travels</I> for… More
Jennifer D
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… More
Stella Dallas
babs' best film!!