The Lady Eve

The Lady Eve

1941, NR, 94 min. Directed by Preston Sturges. Starring Barbara Stanwyck, Henry Fonda, Charles Coburn, William Demarest.

REVIEWED By Marjorie Baumgarten, Wed., June 30, 1999

Preston Sturges' delirious humor sets up Henry Fonda's wealthy dope to be taken by Barbara Stanwyck's seductive con artistry.

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