The Lady Eve (Criterion Collection)

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DVD Features:

  • Rated: Not Rated
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 33 minutes
  • Video: Black & White
  • Released:
  • Originally Released: 1941
  • Label: Criterion
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Packaging: Keep Case
  • Single Side - Dual Layer - RSDL
  • Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
  • Audio:
    • Dolby Digital Mono - English
  • Additional Release Material:
    • Additional Audio Material: LUX RADIO THEATER ADAPTATION
    • Audio Commentary: Marian Keene - Film Scholar
    • Trailers: Original Theatrical Trailer
    • Introduction: Peter Bogdanovich - Director
  • Text/Photo Galleries:
    • Concept Art:
      1. EDITH HEAD COSTUME DESIGNS
    • Production Stills
    • Publicity

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Memorable Quotes and Dialog:

"What I am trying to say is: I'm not a poet, I'm an ophiologist."
  - Charles Pike (Henry Fonda)
"I need him like the ax needs the turkey."
  - Jean Harrington (Barbara Stanwyck)

Entertainment Reviews:

Los Angeles Times - 04/15/1999
"...THE LADY EVE contains both sophisticated humor and all-out slapstick....Fonda's performance is first-rate..."
Chicago Sun-Times - 11/23/1997
"...[Stanwyck gives] one of her greatest performances, a flight of romance and comedy so graceful and effortless that she is somehow able to play different notes at the same time..."
Uncut - 06/01/2005
"The pairing of Henry Fonda and Barbara Stanwyck works beautifully."
Sight and Sound - 07/01/2005
"Sturges' superb screwball comedy combines humour and eroticism..."
Wall Street Journal - 06/14/2012
"[T]he film remains a model of sophistication."

Product Description:

Directed by Preston Sturges, THE LADY EVE stars Barbara Stanwyck as Jean Herrington, a sly con artist aboard a transatlantic ocean liner who happens to run across Charles Pike (Henry Fonda), a snake expert returning from a year in the Amazon jungle. Since Pike is the wealthy and shy heir to a beer fortune, he seems like the perfect target for one of Jean's cons, but as she deceives him she finds herself falling in love. One of Sturges's most hilarious comedies, THE LADY EVE is a romantic comedy masterpiece with two of Hollywood's stars at the top of their form.

Plot Keywords:

Essential Cinema | Romance | Scams And Cons | Vintage

Production Notes:

  • Theatrical release: February 1941.
  • THE LADY EVE is number 55 on the American Film Institute's list of America's 100 Funniest Movies.
  • THE LADY EVE was added to the Library of Congress National Film Registry in 1994.
  • THE LADY EVE was named to the National Board of Review's List of the 10 Best Films of 1941.
  • The film was remade by Norman Taurog in 1956 as THE BIRDS AND THE BEES, starring Mitzi Gaynor, David Niven, George Gobel, Reginald Gardiner, and Hans Conreid.

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  • Sales Rank: 99,421
  • UPC: 715515011624
  • Shipping Weight: 0.21/lbs (approx)
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