|7673||LADY EVE, THE*||LADY EVE, THE*||1941||b & w||93 min||dvd|| (Written and directed by Preston Sturges, screenplay based on the story by Monckton Hoffe; with Barbara Stanwyck, Henry Fonda, Charles Coburn, Eugene Pallette, William Demarest, Eric Blore, Melville Cooper) A conniving father and daughter meet up with the heir to a brewery fortune--a wealthy but na´ve snake enthusiast--and attempt to bamboozle him at a cruise ship card table. Their plan is quickly abandoned when the daughter falls in love with their prey. But when the heir gets wise to her gold-digging ways, she must plot to re-conquer his heart. One of Preston Sturges' most clever and beloved romantic comedies, it balances broad slapstick and sophisticated sexiness with perfect grace.
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