The Lady Eve

The Lady EveNot sure I’ve entirely got a grip on this. Preston Sturges’s previous films The Great McGinty and Christmas in July were more obvious in their critiques of the American political system and the welfare gap. This would seem to be a playful skewering of romantic comedy, beginning with a rich scion playing with his snake and ending with his preferring a beautiful con woman to a duchess with a past (seemingly oblivious that they’re both the same person.) Fonda is funny, Stanwyck moves at a mile-a-minute and although it should be oil and water, they get on great together. Some very ribald moments for 1941, and a great supporting cast that includes familiar B&W faces Eric Blore, Melville Cooper and Eugene Palette.

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