The Lady Eve
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(Preston Sturges) wrote and directed this classic romantic comedy starring Henry Fonda and Barbara Stanwyck, who are involved in a scintillating battle of the sexes, as Sturges points up the terrors of sexual passion and the unattainability of the romantic ideal. Henry Fonda plays Charles Pike, the heir to the Pike Ale fortune ("The Ale That Won for Yale"). An ophiologist (a snake expert), he just spent a year "up the Amazon" looking for rare snakes with his cynical and protective guardian/valet Muggsy (William Demarest). He arrives to board the S.S. Southern Queen bound… More
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"The picture returns the lately heavily dramatic Barbara Stanwyck to glamor."
‑ , TIME Magazine
"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."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"This wonderfully witty masterpiece was written and directed by the inimitable Preston Sturges."
‑ Tony Sloman, Radio Times
"One of those movies whose battle-of-the-sexes themes are still relevant more than 50 years on."
‑ , Film4
"...as powerful a feminist statement as it is a smart comedy, and all the more so for hardly seeming to break a sweat in the process."
‑ Chris Barsanti, Filmcritic.com
"Barbara Stanwyck is the sexiest con woman ever captured on film."
‑ Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal
"A beguilingly ribald sex comedy, spattered with characteristic Sturges slapstick."
‑ Tom Milne, Time Out
"Fonda's gullibility is endearing, as is Stanwyck's inner turmoil over her chosen path vs. a womanly desire for stability."
‑ Gabe Leibowitz, Film and Felt
"It's a masterclass in performance and directing -- and shows how romantic comedy is not for amateurs"
‑ Urban Cinefile Critics, Urban Cinefile
"A wonderful picture set in a world of silly heirs and sharp-eyed dolls as remote from reality and yet wholly credible as that of P. G. Wodehouse."
‑ Kim Newman, Empire Magazine
"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."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"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."
‑ Bosley Crowther, New York Times
"Top of the line Preston Sturges with wonderful Barbara Stanwyck and surprisingly funny Henry Fonda."
‑ Steve Crum, Video-Reviewmaster.com
"Preston Sturges' most brilliant film deftly combines deftly witty dialogue and slapstick comedy, splendidly acted not only by Stanwyck and Fonda but by every single member of the ensemble."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"As usual with Sturges, you wonder how he was able to get away with so much innuendo during Hollywood's Hayes Code period."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
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