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).
- 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.
- Forgotten Trope: It is suggested that "Eve" go to Reno to get a divorce from Charles.
- 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.