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2,101 Ratings

The Lady Eve

Directed by Preston Sturges
United States, 1941


It’s no accident when wealthy Charles falls for Jean–she is a con artist with her sights set on his fortune. But matters complicate when she starts falling for him. When Charles suspects Jean is a gold digger, he dumps her. Jean, fixated on revenge, devises a plan to re-conquer him.

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The Lady Eve Directed by Preston Sturges

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

1942 | Nominee: Best Writing, Original Story

National Board of Review

1941 | Winner: Top Ten Films

National Film Preservation Board

1994 | Winner: National Film Registry

One of those precious films where only superlatives will do: a peak for Sturges, for Barbara Stanwyck, and for Old Hollywood, and an effortless example of how a good screwball comedy can offer a great deal more insight than most dramas.
August 28, 2018
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Amongst boyish shyness and impeccable comic timing, Sturges created the quintessential screwball comedy: a genuine love story about a couple who not only seduce each other, but themselves, and who deserve the results of their desires.
February 08, 2017
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It may be one of the best revenge movies ever made… Sturges expertly balances this sensuous, screwball comedy and the straight-up slapstick that further complements the sexiness.
April 01, 2016

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