The Lady Eve

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The Lady Eve
Preston Sturges, 1941
USA | English | 94 minutes

One of the very greatest American sound comedies uses the shipboard passage from the Amazonian jungle to the green hills of Connecticut to stage the romantic collision of Henry Fonda and Barbara Stanwyck. Whipsmart Stanwyck is the fiery daughter of a con-man trying to play Henry Fonda’s naïve brewing heir for a sucker — only to fall for the sap herself. Filled from beginning to end with writer-director Preston Sturges’s inimitable energy and joie de chaos, The Lady Eve is a must-see classic, lovably screwy and sweet.

Series: Cinematic Passages: Ocean Liners on Screen

Venue: Walter Reade Theater

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