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

''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 Charles Coburn, William Demarest, and Eugene Pallette.

On a cruise full of wealthy tourists, the {{con|man}}ning Mr. Harrington (Coburn) and his daughter Jean (Stanwyck) look around for potential guests to trick with their poker games. When the ship stops at a port, a wealthy Ophidiologist named Charles Pike (Fonda) boards after spending a year researching in the Amazon. Jean and her father make him their next target and Jean 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 Lady Eve Sidwich, the niece of the supposed Sir Alfred [=McGlennan=] Keith (Eric Blore).

HilarityEnsues.
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!!This film provides examples of:
* 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.
* AnimatedCreditsOpening: With a snake coiling itself around some apples.
* BareYourMidriff: The rather daring cocktail dress that Jean wears out to dinner on the boat.
* CardSharp: The Harrington's main line of work, fleecing passengers on ships.
* TheCon: Both the initial card game con and Jean's more elaborate revenge con.
* CrashIntoHello: Jean trips Charles -- [[InvokedTrope deliberately]].
* CrushBlush: Jean's father notices that Jean has been walking around with one and believes that it's down to her growing relationship with Charles.
* DiggingYourselfDeeper: Invoked. Eve gets entangled in more and more of her past love affairs, much to Charles dismay.
* DivorceInReno: Suggested to Charles by divorce lawyers to get out of his marriage to "Eve".
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: Jean is rather frightened of Charles' ... snake.
* FakeAristocrat: Jean as Lady Eve.
* FakeBrit: In-universe, as Jean makes herself out to be the Lady Eve Sidwich.
* FakeTwinGambit: Jean is supposedly Lady Eve's illegitimate half-sister.
* 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.
* GeniusDitz: Charles, a snake expert, is surprisingly clueless enough to fall for Jean's terrible disguise.
* 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.
* GutturalGrowler: Features two of classic Hollywood's greatest examples of this trope -- William Demarest (Muggsy) and Eugene Pallette (Horace Pike).
* InLoveWithTheMark: Happens to Jean, and then again when Jean as "Eve" worms her way back into Charles's arms.
* InSeriesNickname: "Hopsie" for Charles.
* InsistentTerminology: It's ale, not beer.
* TheKlutz: Charles. He has ''five'' pratfalls over the course of the movie (two at the same party).
* LadykillerInLove: GenderInverted. Jean used her sex appeal to lure rich men into the gambling trap. But then she falls InLoveWithTheMark.
* ManicPixieDreamGirl: Twice over, first as Jean and then as Eve.
* NamesToTrustImmediately: Pearlie's alias, Sir Alfred Mc Glennan-Keith, R.F.D., as he explains to the Colonel:
-->'''Colonel:''' But how do you meet them?
-->'''Pearlie:''' The chumps? Oh, my dear fellow, with a name like Sir Alfred Mc Glennan-Keith, one doesn't have to *meet* them -- one fights them off with sticks.
* NouveauRiche: The Pike family. Horace Pike retains his blue-collar tastes even after making a fortune in brewing.
* OnceAnEpisode: This was Sturges' second film as director, and like ''Film/TheGreatMcginty'' it ends with William Demarest delivering the punchline.
* OneBornEveryMinute: Jean describes her love for Charles like "the ax needs the turkey."
* OperaGloves: "Eve" is very stylish.
* ProfessionalGambler: The Harringtons are this.
* ProperlyParanoid: Muggsy, on Charles' behalf.
* ReallyGetsAround: "Eve" reveals this to Charles on the honeymoon night. He is not thrilled.
* 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]] and breaks up with her.
* SeparatedByACommonLanguage: "Eve" really plays this to the hilt in order to sound more British.
* SomethingElseAlsoRises: The elevator-floor indicator on the boat is used for Henry Fonda.
* TallDarkAndHandsome: Charles, as described by Eve.
* TitleDrop: How Jean-as-Eve is announced at the Pike residence.
* WeddingDay: "Eve" marries Charles.
* 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 Emma.
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