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The Lady Eve

The Lady Eve
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Theatrical release poster
Directed by Preston Sturges
Produced by Paul Jones
Buddy G. DeSylva (uncredited)
Written by Preston Sturges
Based on "Two Bad Hats"
by Monckton Hoffe
Starring Barbara Stanwyck
Henry Fonda
Music by Phil Boutelje
Charles Bradshaw
Gil Grau
Sigmund Krumgold
John Leipold
Leo Shuken
(all uncredited)
Cinematography Victor Milner
Edited by Stuart Gilmore
Distributed by Paramount Pictures
Release date
  • February 25, 1941 (1941-02-25)
Running time
94 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $660,000

The Lady Eve is a 1941 American screwball comedy film written and directed by Preston Sturges which stars Barbara Stanwyck and Henry Fonda. The film is based on a story by Monckton Hoffe about a mismatched couple who meet on board an ocean liner. In 1994, The Lady Eve was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant."

Jean Harrington (Barbara Stanwyck) is a beautiful con artist. Along with her equally larcenous father, "Colonel" Harrington (Charles Coburn) and his partner Gerald (Melville Cooper), she is out to fleece rich, naive Charles Pike (Henry Fonda), the heir to the Pike Ale fortune ("The Ale That Won for Yale"). Pike is a woman-shy snake expert Ophidiologist, just returning from a year-long expedition up the Amazon. Though surrounded by ladies desperate for his attention, Charles is putty in Jean's hands.

But even the best laid plans can go astray. First, Jean falls hard for Pike and shields him from her card sharp father. Then, when Pike's suspicious minder/valet Muggsy (William Demarest) discovers the truth about her and her father, Pike dumps her. Furious at being scorned, she re-enters his life masquerading as the posh "Lady Eve Sidwich", niece of Sir Alfred McGlennan Keith (Eric Blore), another con man who's been swindling the rich folk of Connecticut. Jean is determined to torment Pike mercilessly, as she explains, "I've got some unfinished business with him—I need him like the axe needs the turkey."

When Pike meets "Eve", he is so bewildered he constantly trips and falls over himself. Although Muggsy tries to convince him "she's the same dame", Pike reasons that Jean would never come close to his home without at least disguising herself, so he concludes the resemblance is only a coincidence. After a brief courtship, they marry, and on the train to their honeymoon, "Eve" begins to confess her past, dropping name after name after name of old boyfriends and lovers. Pike finally gets fed up and jumps off the train.



  • February 25, 1941 (1941-02-25)
  • Jean Harrington: "I need him like the axe needs the turkey." – Nominated
  • Nominated Romantic Comedy Film
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  • Curtis, James. Between Flops: A Biography of Preston Sturges. New York: Limelight Editions, 1984. .
  • Faith, Kathleen. The Unruly Woman: The Politics of Confinement & Resistance. Austin, Texas: University of Texas Press, 1995. .
  • Nochimson, Martha. "The Lady Eve and Sullivan's Travels" in Cineaste, Vol. 27, Issue 3, Summer 2002.
  • Sarris, Andrew. The American Cinema: Directors And Directions 1929–1968. New York: E.P. Dutton, 1995, first edition 1968. .
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