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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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!!Examples of:

* 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.
* [[CuteClumsyGirl Cute Clumsy Boy]]: Charles. He has ''five'' pratfalls over the course of the movie (two at the same party).
* DivorceInReno: Suggested as the way for Charles to get out of his marriage to "Eve".
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: Jean is 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.
* 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.
* ManicPixieDreamGirl: Twice over, first as Jean and then as Eve.
* MeetCute: Jean trips Charles -- deliberately.
* 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.
* OneBornEveryMinute: Jean describes her love for Charles as "I need him 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.
* 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.
* TitleDrop: How Jean-as-Eve is announced at the Pike residence.
* WeddingDay: "Eve" marries Charles.
* WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes: Jean freaks out when Charles shows her his snake.
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