The Lady Eve
The Lady Eve (1941)

In Preston Sturges' comedy, Henry Fonda stars as Charles Pike, the son of a beer magnate who becomes the target of the father-daughter team of card sharps 'Colonel' Harry and Jean Harrington (Charles Coburn and Barbara… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: February 25, 1941
DVD Release Date: October 16, 2001
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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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Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

One of the funniest movies ever made, and that is that.

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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.

Tony Sloman
Radio Times

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

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Variety Staff

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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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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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 V
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!!