The Lady Eve
More About The Lady Eve
Directed by Preston Sturges, THE LADY EVE stars Barbara Stanwyck as Jean Herrington, a sly con artist aboard a transatlantic ocean liner who happens to run across Charles Pike (Henry Fonda), a snake expert returning from a year in the Amazon jungle. Since Pike is the wealthy and shy heir to a beer fortune, he seems like the perfect target for one of Jean's cons, but as she deceives him she finds herself falling in love. One of Sturges's most hilarious comedies, THE LADY EVE is a romantic comedy masterpiece with two of Hollywood's stars at the top of their form.
Main Cast & Crew
Preston Sturges - Director
Theatrical release: February 1941. THE LADY EVE is number 55 on the American Film Institute's list of America's 100 Funniest Movies. THE LADY EVE was added to the Library of Congress National Film Registry in 1994. THE LADY EVE was named to the National Board of Review's List of the 10 Best Films of 1941. The film was remade by Norman Taurog in 1956 as THE BIRDS AND THE BEES, starring Mitzi Gaynor, David Niven, George Gobel, Reginald Gardiner, and Hans Conreid.
"...THE LADY EVE contains both sophisticated humor and all-out slapstick....Fonda's performance is first-rate..." - 04/15/1999 Los Angeles Times, p.F13
"...[Stanwyck gives] one of her greatest performances, a flight of romance and comedy so graceful and effortless that she is somehow able to play different notes at the same time..." - 11/23/1997 Chicago Sun-Times, p.9
"The pairing of Henry Fonda and Barbara Stanwyck works beautifully." - 06/01/2005 Uncut, p.146
"Sturges' superb screwball comedy combines humour and eroticism..." - 07/01/2005 Sight and Sound, p.85
"[T]he film remains a model of sophistication." - 06/14/2012 Wall Street Journal