The Lady Eve

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The Lady Eve

Barbara Stanwyck (Double Indemnity) sizzles, Henry Fonda (The Wrong Man) bumbles, and Preston Sturges, directing his third feature, runs riot in one of the all-time great screwballs, a pitch-perfect blend of comic zing and swoon-worthy romance. Aboard a cruise liner sailing up the coast of South America, Stanwyck’s conniving card shark sets her sights on Fonda’s nerdy snake researcher, who happens to be the heir to a brewery fortune. But when the con artist falls for her mark, her grift becomes a game of hearts—and she is determined to win it all. One in a string of matchless comedic marvels that Sturges wrote and directed as part of a dazzling 1940s run, this gender-flipped battle-of-wits farce is perhaps his most emotionally satisfying work, tempering its sparkling humor with a streak of tender poignancy supplied by the sensational Stanwyck at her peak. —The Criterion Collection

"Preston Sturges does a kind of breathless balancing act here, involving romance, deception, and physical comedy."
Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

This film is part of the Senior Afternoon Cinema series.



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