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The Lady Eve

The Lady Eve
The Lady Eve
The Lady Eve
  • NR
  • 1h 34m
  • 1941
Certified Fresh100%
Common Sense Media Iconage 11+
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Preston Sturges is at it again. The ingenious writer-director spins out a sinfully romantic comedy in The Lady Eve, and the “lady” of the title is Barbara Stanwyck. She’s a calculating card shark who fleeces passengers on transatlantic ocean liners. When she discovers that an ingenious young millionaire (Henry Fonda) is on board, the scheming Stanwyck figures he’ll be a pushover if she plays her cards right. Sure enough, he does fall for her, but surprise-she also falls for him. When he’s tipped off that true romance is not in the cards because she’s giving him a fast shuffle, Fonda’s fondness fades. Now Stanwyck realizes that if she wants to win him back, she’s got to stop her double-dealing, and she does but not before she turns up a few tricks of her own. “The Lady Eve has snap, crackle and plot and, with famous character actors also on deck, the movie is a winner, hands down.”-Gene Shalit
© 1941 Universal Studios. All Rights Reserved.

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Certified Fresh100%
Critics Consensus: A career highlight for Preston Sturges, The Lady Eve benefits from Barbara Stanwyck and Henry Fonda's sparkling chemistry -- and a script that inspired countless battle-of-the-sexes comedies.
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Common Sense Says
Classic '40s screwball comedy has greed, deception, smoking.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that The Lady Eve is a classic 1940s black and white comedy that revolves around con woman Jean (Barbara Stanwyck) and her pursuit of wealthy but naive heir Charles Pike (Henry Fonda). Although light in its tone, the movie doesn't carry many positive messages, because the plot revolves around deception and greed. Jean initially seduces Charles with bad intentions, only for things to be complicated further later on. Charles is more virtuous and sympathetic, but still stubborn and difficult to reason with, as those around him find when they try to warn him of Jean's possible deceptions. There are minor scuffles and slapstick violence but nothing serious. Jean flirts and seduces Charles, but again there is nothing graphic depicted. Because of the world in which the story takes place, there are multiple incidents of lavish consumption and also spending: Charles loses a very large amount of money playing cards, for example, but isn't fazed by it. Characters also place value on people based on their wealth rather than their actions and morals. Reflecting the era, there is frequent smoking at social gatherings, while adults also consume alcohol in moderation.

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Additional Info

  • Genre:Comedy
  • Release Date:February 1, 1941
  • Languages:English
  • Captions:English
  • Audio Format:
    Stereo
  • Screen Pass Eligible:Yes
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