Film: The Lady Eve
A 1941 Screwball Comedy by Preston Sturges.Jean Harrington (Barbara Stanwyck) and her dad (Charles Coburn) are Con Men who set their sights on rich and not overly bright heir Charles Pike (Henry Fonda) 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...
- Animated Credits Opening: With a snake coiling itself around some apples.
- Bare Your Midriff: The rather daring cocktail dress that Jean wears out to dinner on the boat.
- Card Sharp: The Harrington's main line of work, fleecing passengers on ships.
- The Con: Both the initial card game con and Jean's more elaborate revenge con.
- Cute Clumsy Boy: Charles. He has five pratfalls over the course of the movie (two at the same party).
- Divorce in Reno: Suggested as the way for Charles to get out of his marriage to "Eve".
- Does This Remind You of Anything?: Jean is is rather frightened of Charles'...snake.
- Fake Aristocrat: Jean as Lady Eve.
- Fake Brit: In-universe, as Jean makes herself out to be the Lady Eve Sidwich.
- Fake Twin Gambit: Jean is supposedly Lady Eve's illegitimate half-sister.
- In Love with the Mark: Happens to Jean, and then again when Jean as "Eve" worms her way back into Charles's arms.
- In-Series Nickname: "Hopsie" for Charles.
- Insistent Terminology: It's ale, not beer.
- Manic Pixie Dream Girl: Twice over, first as Jean and then as Eve.
- Meet Cute: Jean trips Charles — deliberately.
- Names to Trust Immediately: 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.
- Nouveau Riche: The Pike family. Horace Pike retains his blue-collar tastes even after making a fortune in brewing.
- One Born Every Minute: Jean describes her love for Charles as "I need him like the ax needs the turkey."
- Opera Gloves: "Eve" is very stylish.
- Professional Gambler: The Harringtons are this.
- Properly Paranoid: Muggsy, on Charles' behalf.
- Really Gets Around: "Eve" reveals this to Charles on the honeymoon night. He is not thrilled.
- Separated by a Common Language: "Eve" really plays this to the hilt in order to sound more British.
- Something Else Also Rises: The elevator-floor indicator on the boat is used for Henry Fonda.
- Title Drop: How Jean-as-Eve is announced at the Pike residence.
- Wedding Day: "Eve" marries Charles.
- Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Jean freaks out when Charles shows her his snake.