The Lady Eve

  • Introduction

    Stuart Klawans was for many years the award-winning film critic for The Nation and is the author of the new book, Crooked, but Never Common: The Films of Preston Sturges. There will be a book signing on July 30 at 6:30, prior to the screening of The Miracle of Morgan’s Creek.


Barbara Stanwyck, Henry Fonda, Charles Coburn, Eugene Palette,

This tale of innocence seduced by experience, and vice versa, is a comic pinnacle for both director Preston Sturges and actress Barbara Stanwyck. From the moment cardsharp Jean Harrington (Stanwyck) clunks him on the head with an apple, virginal ale heir and ophiologist Charles Poncefort Pike (Henry Fonda) is headed for a fall. “You’re a funny girl for anybody to meet who’s just been up the Amazon for a year,” he tells her, paralyzed with lust. The funny thing is that, setting out to play him, she falls for him, too. When Charles gets wise to her identity, the outraged Jean invents a new one and, as Lady Eve Sidwich, determines to finish the game.

—Juliet Clark

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  • Preston Sturges
Based On
  • a story by Monckton Hoffe

  • Victor Milner
Print Info
  • B&W
  • 35mm
  • 94 mins
  • Universal Pictures