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The Lady Eve

The Lady Eve
  • 1941
  • US
  • 94 min
  • U
  • Directed by: Preston Sturges
  • Cast: Barbara Stanwyck, Henry Fonda, Charles Coburn

Charles Pike is the heir to the Pike Ale fortune, a fact that makes him a target to three con artists. But when Jean, the woman of the trio, falls for the mark, she finds her crooked past coming back to haunt her. Reappearing as the sophisticated Lady Eve, she finds herself after more than just Charles' money.

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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 falls head over heels for an equally-smitten Pike. A career highlight for Preston Sturges, The Lady Eve is a scintillating comedy which benefits from Barbara Stanwyck and Henry Fonda's sparkling chemistry, and from a superbly witty script that has inspired countless battle-of-the-sexes comedies.

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