THE LADY EVE (1941)

Dir. Preston Sturges

Money, snakes and beer are the recipe for love in one of the screen's funniest romantic comedies. Pioneering writer-director Preston Sturges created the film for Barbara Stanwyck, who had starred in an earlier film he had scripted, Remember the Night (1940). He created for her the memorable role of card sharp Jean Harrington, who sets out to fleece millionaire snake researcher and heir to the Pike Ale fortune Henry Fonda. When he finds out the truth and dumps her, she gets back at him by adopting a new personality, the aristocratic Lady Eve Sidwich, and winning his heart all over again. As with all of his films, Sturges gave the leads a chance to shine and also filled the cast with memorable supporting players like Charles Coburn, Eugene Pallette, William Demarest and Eric Blore. Paramount gave Sturges a glittering production, complete with a glamorous ocean liner for the stars' meeting and an Edith Head wardrobe that turned Stanwyck into a fashion icon.

THE LADY EVE
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