History Film / TheLadyEve

16th Dec '17 2:32:54 PM Kitchen90
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-> ''"You know you shouldn't draw to an inside straight."''
-->-- '''Colonel Harrington''' to his broken hearted daughter

A 1941 ScrewballComedy by Creator/PrestonSturges.

Jean Harrington (Creator/BarbaraStanwyck) and her dad (Charles Coburn) are [[ConMan Con Men]] who set their sights on rich and not overly bright heir Charles Pike (Creator/HenryFonda) while on the same cruise ship. Much to her surprise, Jean falls for the {{Adorkable}} Charles, but before she can tell him who she is, his manservant outs her as a con. Naturally, Charles dumps her, and Jean decides to pull a con on him as "The Lady Eve" to really screw with him...

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-> ''"You ->''"You know you shouldn't draw to an inside straight."''
-->-- '''Colonel -->--'''Colonel Harrington''' to his broken hearted broken-hearted daughter

A ''The Lady Eve'' is a 1941 film written and directed by Creator/PrestonSturges, often considered to be one of the most iconic ScrewballComedy movies from the genre's golden age. It stars Creator/BarbaraStanwyck and Creator/HenryFonda, with appearances by Creator/PrestonSturges.

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Charles Coburn, William Demarest, and Eugene Pallette.

On a cruise full of wealthy tourists, the {{con|man}}ning Mr.
Harrington (Creator/BarbaraStanwyck) (Coburn) and her dad (Charles Coburn) are [[ConMan Con Men]] who set his daughter Jean (Stanwyck) look around for potential guests to trick with their sights on rich and not overly bright heir poker games. When the ship stops at a port, a wealthy Ophidiologist named Charles Pike (Creator/HenryFonda) while on (Fonda) boards after spending a year researching in the same cruise ship. Much to her surprise, Amazon. Jean falls for the {{Adorkable}} Charles, but before she can tell and her father make him who she is, his manservant outs her as a con. Naturally, Charles dumps her, their next target and Jean decides to pull a con on flirts her way into winning him over, which works almost instantly until Charles finds out through his assistant Jean's true intentions. Furious and heartbroken, Jean refuses to let Charlie go and, with the power of identity theft and cultural ignorance, disguises herself as "The Lady Eve" to really screw with him...
Eve Sidwich, the niece of the supposed Sir Alfred [=McGlennan=] Keith (Eric Blore).

HilarityEnsues.





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* GeniusDitz: Charles, a snake expert, is surprisingly clueless enough to fall for Jean's terrible disguise.
16th Dec '17 2:01:46 PM Kitchen90
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* [[CuteClumsyGirl Cute Clumsy Boy]]: Charles. He has ''five'' pratfalls over the course of the movie (two at the same party).

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* [[CuteClumsyGirl Cute Clumsy Boy]]: Charles. He CrushBlush: Jean's father notices that Jean has ''five'' pratfalls over the course of the movie (two at the same party).been walking around with one and believes that it's down to her growing relationship with Charles.



* DivorceInReno: Suggested as the way for Charles to get out of his marriage to "Eve".
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: Jean is is rather frightened of Charles' ... snake.

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* DivorceInReno: Suggested as the way for to Charles by divorce lawyers to get out of his marriage to "Eve".
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: Jean is is rather frightened of Charles' ... snake.


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* TheKlutz: Charles. He has ''five'' pratfalls over the course of the movie (two at the same party).
16th Dec '17 1:47:51 PM Kitchen90
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* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: Jean is is rather frightened of Charles'...snake.

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* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: Jean is is rather frightened of Charles'...Charles' ... snake.



* GutturalGrowler: Features two of classic Hollywood's greatest examples of this trope--William Demarest (Muggsy) and Eugene Pallette (Horace Pike).

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* GutturalGrowler: Features two of classic Hollywood's greatest examples of this trope--William trope -- William Demarest (Muggsy) and Eugene Pallette (Horace Pike).



* OneBornEveryMinute: Jean describes her love for Charles as "I need him like the ax needs the turkey."

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* OneBornEveryMinute: Jean describes her love for Charles as "I need him like the "the ax needs the turkey."



* WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes: Jean freaks out when Charles shows her his snake.

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* WildlifeCommentarySpoof: Jean does a running commentary on smitten women trying to get Charles' attention at the ship's nightclub suite as she watches them through her mirror.
* WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes: Jean freaks out when Charles shows her his snake.snake Emma.
25th Nov '17 6:31:15 PM eowynjedi
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* HiddenInPlainSight: Jean's gambit as "Lady Eve." Muggsy immediately pegs her as the same person, but Charles overthinks it and decides that Jean would at ''least'' dye her hair, and certainly wouldn't agree when he said she looked familiar.
23rd Oct '17 7:46:15 PM Mdumas43073
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6th Sep '16 5:24:53 AM Ezclee4050
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* OnceAnEpisode: This was Sturges' second film as director, and like ''Film/TheGreatMcginty'' it ends with William Demarest delivering the punchline.
19th Mar '16 3:33:19 PM Ezclee4050
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* GutturalGrowler: Features two of classic Hollywood's greatest examples of this trope--William Demarest (Muggsy) and Eugene Pallette (Horace Pike).
11th Oct '15 3:50:41 AM eroock
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* SecondActBreakup: During the InternalReveal, Charles learns of Jean's true nature and breaks up with her.

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* TheRoper: Jean's part in the gambling con is to lure rich men into playing high stakes card games with her CardSharp father.
* SecondActBreakup: During the InternalReveal, Charles learns of Jean's [[TheRoper true nature nature]] and breaks up with her.
11th Oct '15 3:38:00 AM eroock
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-->-- '''Colonel Harrington'''

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-->-- '''Colonel Harrington'''
Harrington''' to his broken hearted daughter



* FourthDateMarriage: Charles is quick on his decision. He proposes to Jean after a couple of dates on the boat. Later he proposes to Eve after seeing her for a couple of weeks.



* LadykillerInLove: GenderInverted. Jean used her sex appeal to lure rich men into the gambling trap. Then she falls InLoveWithTheMark.

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* LadykillerInLove: GenderInverted. Jean used her sex appeal to lure rich men into the gambling trap. Then But then she falls InLoveWithTheMark.
9th Oct '15 1:54:01 PM eroock
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* AdamAndOrEve: Played for Laughs on the idea of Eve as a seductress, even including the image of an apple with a bite taken out of it on the movie poster and in the AnimatedCreditsOpening.
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