The Lady Eve

The Lady Eve

Director: Preston Sturges Cast: Henry Fonda
Henry Fonda
, Barbara Stanwyck
Barbara Stanwyck
, Charles Coburn
Charles Coburn
, Eugene Pallette
Eugene Pallette
Preston Sturges
The Lady Eve

The Lady Eve

Director: Preston Sturges Cast: Henry Fonda
Henry Fonda
, Barbara Stanwyck
Barbara Stanwyck
, Charles Coburn
Charles Coburn
, Eugene Pallette
Eugene Pallette
Preston Sturges

Blu-ray (Black & White)

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(Preston Sturges) wrote and directed this classic romantic comedy starring Henry Fonda and Barbara Stanwyck, who are involved in a scintillating battle of the sexes, as Sturges points up the terrors of sexual passion and the unattainability of the romantic ideal. Henry Fonda plays Charles Pike, the heir to the Pike Ale fortune ("The Ale That Won for Yale"). An ophiologist (a snake expert), he just spent a year "up the Amazon" looking for rare snakes with his cynical and protective guardian/valet Muggsy (William Demarest). He arrives to board the S.S. Southern Queen bound for New York, and immediately becomes the main order of business for a collection of single women looking to nab the eligible bachelor. Amongst those watching Charles board are a trio of con men and cardsharps -- Colonel Handsome Harry Harrington (Charles Coburn), his partner Gerald (Melville Cooper), and the Colonel's daughter Jean (Barbara Stanwyck). All three see Charles as a pushover and at dinner, while all the women are ogling Charles, Jean wins the day by sticking out her foot and tripping him. Complaining to Charles that he should watch where he is going, she gets him to escort her to her cabin so that she can replace her broken heel. Charles is sexually attracted to Jean, but when Charles is about to make a pass at her, she pulls back, telling him, "You ought to be put in a cage." Back in the dining room, Charles is introduced to the Colonel and the three play cards, Charles winning $500 from the Colonel and $100 from Jean. But Charles is merely being set-up for the next game when the Colonel will come in for the kill. Back at Jean's cabin, Charles and Jean sit close and something happens she hadn't planned -- she becomes attracted to Charles too. The next morning, Muggsy warns Charles that the Colonel and Jean are cardsharks, but Charles won't hear of it. Meanwhile, the Colonel is looking forward to fleecing Charles, but Jean doesn't want any part of it. Jean participates in the card game between Charles and the Colonel, making sure than the Colonel doesn't cheat. But while Jean waits on deck for Charles after the game, the Colonel plays Charles a game of double-or-nothing, with Charles losing $32,000. Jean, angry with her father, makes the Colonel tears up Charles' check. The next morning, Muggsy proves to Charles the three are con artists. Devastated, Charles shows Jean the photograph, claiming he knew she was a criminal the morning after he met her. Jean is determined to get even with Charles ("I hate that mug!"). Docking in New York, the Colonel reveals he merely palmed the $32,000 check. But that's not enough revenge for Jean. Impersonating an aristocratic English woman, Lady Eve Sidwich, Jean has herself introduced to Charles. Planning to make Charles to fall in love with her again, she intends to break his heart like he broke her own. As she explains, "I've got some unfinished business with him -- I need him like the axe needs the turkey."

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Product Details

Release Date: 07/14/2020
UPC: 0715515249010
Original Release: 1941
Source: Criterion Collection
Region Code: A
Presentation: [B&W]
Time: 1:34:00
Sales rank: 4,083

Special Features

New, restored 4k digital transfer, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack; Audio Commentary from 2001 featuring film scholar Marian Keane; Introduction from 2001 by filmmaker Peter Bogdanovich; New conversation among Writer-Director Preston Sturges's biographer and son Tom Sturges; Bogdanovich; filmmakers James L. Brooks and Ron Shelton; and critics Susan King, Leonard Maltin, and Kenneth Turan; New video essay by film critic David Cairns; Costume Designs by Edith Head; Lux Radio Theatre adaptation of the film from 1942 featuring Barbara Stanwyck and Ray Milland; Audio recording from 2013 of "Up the Amazon," a song from an unproduced stage musical based on the film; Trailer; English Subtitles for a deaf and hard of hearing; Plus: An essay by critic Geoffrey O'Brien and a 1946 profile of Preston Sturges from Life magazine

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Henry Fonda Charles Pike
Barbara Stanwyck Jean Harrington
Charles Coburn "Colonel" Harry Harrington
Eugene Pallette Mr. Pike
William Demarest Muggsy-Ambrose Murgatroyd
Eric Blore Sir Alfred McGlennon-Keith
Janet Beecher Mrs. Pike
Robert Greig Burrows
Georgia Cooper Actor
Abdullah Abbas Man with Potted Palm
Melville Cooper Gerald
Martha O'Driscoll Martha
Dora Clement Gertrude
Luis Alberni Pike's Chief
Norman Ainsley Sir Alfred's Manservant
Sam Ash Husband on Boat
Ambrose Barker Mac
Wilson Benge Butlers at Party
Wilda Bennett Party Guest
Evelyn Beresford Party Guest
Al Bridge Steward
Jimmy Conlin Steward
Eva Dennison Mother on Boat
Harry Depp Man With Glasses on Boat
Helen Dickson Mother on Boat
Pauline Drake Social Secretary
Robert Dudley Husband on Boat
Betty Farrington Mother on Boat
Ray Flynn Lawyer
Kenneth Gibson Party Guest
Alfred Hall Party Guest
John Hartley Young Man on Boat
Arthur Hoyt Lawyer at Telephone in Pike's Office
Arthur Stuart Hull Party Guest
J.W. Johnston Lawyer
Bertram Marburgh Party Guest
Wanda McKay Daughter on Boat
George H. Melford Party Guest
Torben Meyer Purser
Esther Michelson Wife on Boat
Frank Moran Bartender at Party
Ella Neal Daughter on Boat
Joe North Butler at Party
Jean Phillips Sweetie
Victor Potel Steward
Frances Raymond Old Lady on Boat
Jack Richardson Father of Girl on Boat
Cyril Ring Husband on Boat
Harry Rosenthal Piano Tuner
Reginald Sheffield Prof. Jones
Julius Tannen Lawyer
Walter Walker Sparky
Robert Warwick Passenger
Pat West Bartender
Gayne Whitman Party Guest
Harry A. Bailey Lawyer in Pike's Office
Almeda Fowler Mother on Boat

Technical Credits
Preston Sturges Director,Screenwriter
Hans Dreier Art Director
Ernst Fegte Art Director
Stuart Gilmore Editor
Edith Head Costumes/Costume Designer
Monckton Hoffe Screenwriter
Don Johnson Sound/Sound Designer
Paul Jones Producer
Sigmund Krumgold Score Composer,Musical Direction/Supervision
Harry Lindgren Sound/Sound Designer
Victor Milner Cinematographer
Wally Westmore Makeup

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